Chicago has always given love to Baggers and this edition was no exception with 7 big-tire Baggers competing in FreeStyle. These bikes were big and brash and had the “look” that you come to expect in these machines.
Enthusiasts were able to get their quota of eye candy as Chicago delivered the most diverse selection of sleds with Baggers, trikes, sidecars, café racers, customs, pro street bikes and restored vintage iron all gracing the red carpet.
Ultimate Builder Class: FreeStyle
Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications took the win in the FreeStyle class at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Chicago with Speedmetal. The bike began life as a customer’s Saxon Crown chopper. The wheels, engine, brakes and tranny were salvaged from the donor bike. A key feature of the bike is the prototype springer, which will be available to the public shortly. This is the 3rd appearance and 3rd win with a total of $7,500 in award money going to Kyle.
- Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications – Speedmetal
- Tony Starita, Big Tony’s Chopp Shop – Peacemaker, ’12 BTCS Pro-Street
- Dave Dupor, DD Customs – Aventador, 2012 HD FLTR
Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Harley
Modified Harley was won by Don Robb of AR Baggers with his 2002 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that features all the goodies including a Big Bore Kit, full air ride, pm wheels, 8 speaker system, touch screen and (2) 1200 watt amps.
- Don Robb, AR Baggers – 2002 H-D Road Glide
- Dell Battle – One Off, Inc. ’03 Fatboy
- Leon Thill, DFT Trikes – Softail Trike
Ultimate Builder Class: Performance Custom
Josh from JDA Customs brought out his 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and took the win in the Performance Custom class. It boasts a 330 10” over extended swing arm, molded tank with all custom parts built in-house by JDA Customs
- JDA Customs – 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000
- Q Ortiz, Fusion Custom Cycles – The Beast, ’07 Hayabusa
- Mike Fabrizi, Fornarelli Motorsports – Gorilla, ’08 GSXR 1000
Ultimate Builder Class: Retro MOD
Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles won the Retro MOD with his ’72 Bonneville called El Matador. The ’68 frame has been modified with a bolt-on hardtail with the front forks lowered 2”. The brass headlight was fabricated out of a vintage cigar tin and the taillight from a vintage brass bowl. Engine was rebuilt and sports an open primary, BNR Belt Drive and Joe Hunt Magneto.
- Tony Prust, Analog Motorcycles – El Matador, ‘72 Bonneville
- Shawn Little, Shadetree Fabrications – Bar Hopper, ’84 Shovelhead
- Lucas Szwalec – Scorpion, ’78 GL1000
Ultimate Builder Class: MOD Street
Kamil Podziomski stopped GIO from Blacksmith Motoring from his unblemished record of winning every event attended with his 2005 Buell XB12R custom bike. The Buell features a custom fairing, carbon fiber exhaust, EBR race ECU, custom taillight, carbon fiber rear hugger fender, heat wrapped headers and a custom rear fender.
- Kamil Podziomski – 2005 Buell XB12R
- GIO, Blacksmith Motoring – El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
Ultimate Builder Additional Awards
Dave Dupor of DD Customs won the Show Dog Award sponsored by Rocking K Custom Leather for his promotion at the show. Fusion Custom Cycles won the People’s Choice Award with “The Beast” a 2007 Hayabusa.
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/bikerpros.
Ultimate Builder is awarding over $100,000 in cash and prizes over our 13 event series. The big money winners to date are:
- GIO – $8,500
- Kyle Shorey – $7,500
- Bruce Bolden – $3,000