Last Show of the Series
Professional and amateur builders from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina compete at their local Washington, DC Ultimate Builder Show for cash, prizes and recognition.
National Championship – This year builders that won and placed in all four competition classes from the DC show receive an automatic bid to the National Championship in 2019 to compete for cash and prizes in excess of $70,000.
The Cycle Source Editor’s Choice Award
At each round in the Ultimate Builder series Chris Callen of Cycle Source Magazine provides an Editor’s Choice Award. In DC, Kevin Wiseman with his 1962 Custom Chopper was brought up to the stage to receive a hardy handshake and a feature of his bike in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder is the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition, featuring more than 350 motorcycles and $100,000 in cash and prizes across the IMS Tour. The final Ultimate Builder competition was held in Washington, DC on February 23 – 25, 2018.
K&N provides the Performer Award as well as awards for winners of the MOD Retro and MOD Harley classes. The Performer Award provides builders upto $750 of K&N product for their next build. J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder competition brings out some of the most innovative custom builds in the motorcycle industry with builders seeking the bragging rights for the K&N prize.
K&N Performer Award – #1925 Bill Dixon, Savage Cycles – named Resident Evil, 2010 Resident Evil Chopper
FreeStyle Winner – Washington, DC Round – Ultimate Builder Results
Iron Customs‘ bike named Rookie used the Harley-Davidson Sportster engine as a stress member of the custom frame. The bike features oil in the frame, front and rear radial brakes, scratch built exhaust and hand built bars. Paint by Iron Customs and Karns Kustoms.
1st – #100 Rob Bochanski and Troy Layron, Iron Customs – Named Rookie, 1991 Sportster
2nd -#175 – Hank Thibodeau, Widowmaker Custom Design and Re pair – named Lowlife Lucy
MOD Retro Winner – Washington, DC Round – Ultimate Builder Results
Jason Wharton is an artist utilizing the classic technique of pinstriping. In an world where most everything is machine made, he offers the unique service of delicately hand painted signs and designs on every thing from your Classic car to your toilet seat.
Jason is the go-to-guy for Adam Karns of Karns Kustoms and since he had been working with Karns for a number of years, he decided to put a bike in the show. His 1st custom bike and his 1st custom bike win.
The 1974 CB550 Four was in pieces just a week before the show. It’s features a Gulf road racing blue inspired paint job, extended swing arm and a molded and detailed frame.
1st – 375 – Jason Wharton – 1974 CB550 Four
2nd – 1100 – Clint McFee, Hillbilly Mafia Motorcycle Services – 1981 H-D FLH Shovelhead
MOD Harley Winner – Washington, DC Round – Ultimate Builder Results
Harley-Davidson of Washington DC entered two bikes and came out on top with their custom 2016 XL883L board track-inspired Harley-Davidson racer. The bike features a bobbed rear frame rails with custom 26” fenders, drop seat, custom swing arm, and lammed 10”shocks. All electrics are located in the gas tank. Paint by Richard Samuals Motorsports.
1st – #1475 – Alan Day – Harley-Davidson of Washington DC – 2016 H-D XL883
2nd – #1825 – Mike Hill, Legacy Baggers – 2006 Softail Deluxe
Custom Street Winner – Washington, DC Round – Ultimate Builder Results
Coleman Powersports rolled in a fan favorite, a 2016 Ducati Scrambler Nicky Hayden tribute bike. Andrew Swenson Designs provided the crowd-stopping paint scheme. The bike featured Termignoni exhaust and tine, Ducati LED signals and performance upgrades.
1st – #125 – Coleman Powersports – named Nicky Hayden: Flat Track Pro, 2016 Ducati Scrambler
2nd – #1225 – Rhino + Justin Emmons, Whirled of Color Customs – 2006 Honda CBR 600RR
People’s Choice: 1825 – Mike Hill, Legacy Baggers – 2006 Softail Deluxe
Best Bagger – #250 – Maurice Benson, Red Money Garage – 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King
Best Chopper- Matt Reel, MTW Customs – named Brother Love – 2015MTW Custom
Best FXR – #650 Roy Chamberlin, C&C Cycle – named 89 FXRSP – 1989 H-D FXRSSP
HOT BIKE Editor’s Choice – #550 Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – named Misfit, 1974 H-D XLCH
Jeff Holt’s Tortilla Awards
Best Paint – #1050 – Jim Fowler, Sick Sleds – 2016 HD Fat Boy
Most Innovative – #1475 – Alan Day – Harley-Davidson of Washington DC – 2016 H-D XL883
Kooky, crazy – #725 – Ben Davis, Legion Cycle Works
“The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is one of the most competitive events in the custom motorcycle building industry, and at each show we are amazed at the craftsmanship, time and hard work that goes into the customs,” explained Jeff Najar, producer, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
About Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (www.motorcycleshows.com)
The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® offer enthusiasts an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling. Launched in 1982, the tour showcases hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by Jeff Najar of Biker Pros.