Archive for January, 2011

Cleveland FreeStyle Winner

Freestyle Winner – Jesse Bassett from the The Gasbox built the 1965 BSA Lightning 650cc. He is an understudy of Huey Schwevs and built this sano retro BSA.

Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class: Any motorcycle frame configuration or drivetrain combination. Your imagination is the only restriction. The motorcycle must run and stop.

Freestyle Winner

1 – Jesse Bassett – The Gasbox – http://thegasbox.blogspot.com/ – the gasbox is Clevelands finest in fabrication and vintage motorcycles.
2 – Bill Steele – Steele Kustoms – Fascinator Motorcycle
3 – Fritz Polosky – Built by Cleveland Motorcycle Mfg – Sicpup MC
4 – Bill Steele – Steele Kustoms – F2 Motorcycle
5 – Huey Schwevs – Built by Cleveland Motorcycle Mfg – Board tracker

Modified Harley Winner

Ultimate Builder Modified Harley Class: Motorcycle must have Harley manufactured frame and engine cases. Frame must maintain stock configuration so modifications are limited to smoothing ie; molding welds and joints, welding in filler panels or cutting excess tabs. Swingarm kits and fat tire conversions are acceptable.

1 – Bob McAreavey – Personal Ride – 2001 H-D Fatboy
2 – Jason Bochniak – Built by Freedom Cycle – 2006 H-D Deluxe

Performance Custom Winners

Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class: Race inspired styling with performance enhancing engine modifications. Any motorcycle frame configuration and drivetrain combination. Judging will be focused around drag racing ie; strtched out ‘Busa, Bonneville racers and highly modified sportbikes.

1 – Jamie Luczak – Luczak Enterprises & Motioncraft, 2006 Hayabusa
2 – Perry Paugh – Dougherty M/C / Z1 – Kawasaki Khaos
3 – Perry Paugh – Dougherty M/C / ZX11- Kripilan Kryptonite





United States Championship – The United States Championship of custom bike building will be held at the Daytona Progressive International Motorcycle Show held during Daytona Bike Week, March 9-12, 2011. This elite competition is for the ultimate builders of custom bikes in the United States and will crown the definitive national champions in their respective classes. The United States Championship is an affiliate competition to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

The United States Championship will also include an individual photo shoot by a professional photographer of each bike entered into the competition. Each builder/bike owner will receive a CD of photos taken during the event of themselves and their bikes.


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Ultimate Builder There is nothing better than hosting a custom bike show to meet builders from varying disciplines and creative backgrounds. Over 30 custom bikes were displayed in 3 classes in front of 100,000 enthusiasts at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show located at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this past weekend in New York.

The builders hung out around their sleds and shot the shit with the fans and answered their questions for hours. The diversity of the bikes were exceptional. On display were motorcycles that made huge horsepower and bikes that required 1,000’s of hours of fabrication.

During the awards ceremony Brian Klock from Klock Werks stopped in to talk about how he got into the custom bike industry.


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Interview with Roman Levin at the Ultimate Builders Custom Bike Show in NY.

Tommy Deseto’s Quarter Whore from Chaos Cycle is in the FreeStyle class @ Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. George Stinsman built the 2010 Chaos Cycle “Quarter Whore” with a 80 c.i. Shovelhead, S&S Carb and Wiseco pistions.

Eric Schroeder of Tribal Iron Choppers talks about his 2008 TIC 330 Rigid theme bike.

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Joe Cooper Built The Jefferson - Ultimate Builder in NY 1999 XL 1200
The Jefferson features a hand formed fuel tank and rear fender which have been polished and nickel plated along with the custom exhaust pipes. Other hand formed parts include the handlebars, oil tank, chain guard, springer front end and plug wire guides; all finished in copper.

The Jefferson @ Ultimate Builder in NYThe Jefferson

Electrical components on “The Jefferson: are hidden below the frame rails in a custom battery box. From there, the small lithium battery supplies power via vintage cloth-wrapped wiring routed externally throughout the bike.

The stock frame has been converted to a hardtail while the neck has been raked to make high-speed riding more stable with the springer front suspension.

Video @ Ultimate Buider Custom Bike ShowVideo @ Ultimate Buider Shoot in NY

We spend time with George Stinsman of Chaos Cycle and his 2010 Chaos Cycle “Quarter Whore”. It features a 80 c.i. Shovelhead with a S&S Carb and Wiseco pistions. Video is hosted at Digital Biker on YouTube.

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Ultimate Builder The NY edition of the Ultimate Builder kicks off with 2 successful entries from DC heading North to showcase their talent in the Big Apple.

Jason Bochniak’s Phoenix is a chromed-out sled with competition grade Pro Charger, D&D Boarzilla Pipe, Headwinds lighting system and Avon gangster white walls. The 2006 Harley Deluxe rocks it with 50 spoke Fat Daddy wheel with chrome supplied by Freedom Cycle.

Jason Bochniak Harley @ Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Jason Bochniak’s Sled

IMG_0587Brooklyn’s Finest by Shwan Page

Shwan Page rolled Brooklyn’s Finest into the 2011 Ultimate Builder. JR Customs painted the 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa and the shiny metal work was completed by 2 Wheel Customs.

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This past weekend saw the latest in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building program ‘Ultimate Builder’ affiliate events staged at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Washington DC. 

The Freestyle win was taken by Washington local Alex Lucas with ‘Snake’, an Ultima engined pro street style daily rider by WEM. Second went to Frank Rutigliano of Two Wheel Mafia with a custom XS 650 bobber, with Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle third. Fourth was taken by Jason Nieman of SS Trike, with fifth going to Norman Washington with a customized American Ironhorse chopper.

The win in the Harley-Davidson sponsored Modified Harley class was taken by Jason Bochniak’s ‘Phoenix’, a 2006 Softail Deluxe, fitted with a Pro Charger supercharger, D&D ‘Boarzilla’ exhaust and Ride Wright ‘Fat Daddy’ 50-spoke wheels.

Second went to Margaret Nicastri of C&C Cycle, with Bobby Reed of Eastside Chop Shop third with a 2007 Street Glide. Fourth went to Jeff Geisbert of Old Glory Speed Shop with a 2011 Street Glide.

In the Performance Custom class, the win was taken by William Ray with a 2006 Hayabusa; second went to Krystos Efanti of MSP Motorsports with a 2008 Yamaha R1; third was Mike Joines with a 2006 Hayabusa; fourth was Shwan Page with a 2007 Hayabusa, and fifth was Lloyd Hardy with a 2004 Hayabusa.

The ‘Ultimate Builder’ series now moves on to New York this coming weekend (January 21-23), followed by Cleveland (Jan 28-30), Minneapolis (February 4-6), Chicago (February 11-13) and then Greenville Sc. (February 25-27) before the finals at Daytona Bike Week, March 9-12.

For full details of classes, prizes and entry contact Bob Kay or Jeff Najar at Biker Pros, Tel: 919 383 0500



The winning Freestyle bike, ‘Snake’, was built by WEM and featured a one-off frame, single-sided swingarm, specially designed Baker Drivetrain transmission and trans brake.
Competing builders at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Washington DC.

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Builders @ Ultimate Builder in DC

The Washington DC edition of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show started out with the temperatures hovering around 20 degrees but the show on the inside the Washington Convention Center was hot. The Washington Convention Center, located just a few minutes from the Washington Monument, is a high-tech affair that is roomy and an excellent facility to showcase custom bikes. 

As you walk into the center you’re greeted with the FreeStyle Class bikes laid out on the red carpet that runs the length of the show. Throughout the entire weekend the bikes were surrounded with enthusiasts taking pictures and enjoying styles that were a significant departure from stock.

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