2016 Minneapolis Winners: J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

February 9, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show circus rolled into Minneapolis with the weather in the low 30’s. Locals were happy because it was a warming trend in the city. When we rolled out it was frosty 12 degrees.

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Even though it was Super Bowl 50 weekend, the show was packed with enthusiasts. The bikes were outstanding with the MOD Retro class full of interesting and diverse custom sleds.

Jeff Holt selected Poncharello, a Union Speed & Style custom sled, built by Jordan Dickinson for the HOT BIKE award.

MN-EditorsChoice-HotBike-250-JordanHe then selected Swamp Witch built by Pete Mason for Street Chopper Magazine.

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The People’s Choice award went to … Continue Reading

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Redemption Renews Jesse Srpan’s Body and Soul

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February 4, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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Jesse Srpan owns Raw Iron Choppers and is grabbing success by the handlebars as one of the youngest professional bike builders in the industry. Being young doesn’t mean simple designs because he builds some of the coolest custom sleds.

Jesse is not new to the Ultimate Builder, he won 1st place in Freestyle in 2015 and 1st place in MOD Retro in 2013. When not building bikes he is a welder, teacher and master fabricator. You might recognize him as he won the Discovery Channel BikerLive television show.

It all started when he was a kid and watched Motorcycle Mania and saw how Jesse James of West Coast Choppers … Continue Reading

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The Biker Guide: Choosing the Perfect Exhaust

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February 4, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

 

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Every rider loves a good aftermarket exhaust, there is nothing quite as pleasing to the ears as the rumble of a Vance & Hines exhaust system. But why should you get an exhaust? Why is this one of the most popular upgrades for all types of riders?

The answer is simple, riders are looking to upgrade their bike in sound, performance, and look. Aftermarket exhausts come in all flavors from simple slip-on style to full race systems. A new exhaust opens up your motor and your bike will perform and sound much better once it’s uncorked. Upgrading from your stock exhaust is one of the most cost effective … Continue Reading

February Product Guide

February 3, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

It’s February which means spring is just around the corner!

Time to start getting everything ready for riding season. We have everything you need to prepare and what better way to pass the last cold weeks of winter than with some upgrade projects for your bike? After all with the leap year we get a few extra days so may as well take full advantage of them. Take a look at our product guide video and blog for some great winter upgrade projects and new spring gear!

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LS2An updated version of the OF569 the Track 569 is one of the most popular … Continue Reading

2016 Cleveland Winners: Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

February 2, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

Last year Cleveland got a pounding and the Polar Vortex had just begun to extend its icy fingers down from the Great White North. This year the weather was a balmy 60 degrees and the vortex is remembered like yesterday’s news.

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Lines snaked outside the entrance into the International Motorcycle Show at the IX Center in Cleveland. The quality of the custom builds were stellar this year. It’s unfortunate that there is only 1 winner in each of the four classes as there were so many deserving motorcycles.

Dell Battle won the Hot Bike Editor’s Award for his 1991 Sportster named 72 Style Sporty.

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Court House Custom won the Street … Continue Reading

Speed Foundry Success Plan: Start Cowgirl Ugly & End Up Custom

January 29, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

Kyle Shorey of Speed Foundry had a plan…

To find the ugliest looking used Softail and make it cool. Can it be done easily? Does Kyle have a plan?

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Well, I had to find out so the day before the 2016 Dallas edition of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show I headed out to his shop at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas. It was a cold and overcast day in North Texas and the hangar that Speed Foundry resides in offered little shelter from wind whipping in from the North.

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I rolled in to hear about Pinkie, a 1991 bitter and twisted Softail Standard with just 9000 … Continue Reading

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Watch Your Six

January 28, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Distractions for drivers are at an all time high with buzzing cell phones and pretty bright touch screen displays on the dashboard of nearly every new car.

Unfortunately we can’t change every driver and the undeniable fact that we as motorcycle riders are in fact invisible. Although we can ride defensively because we do have a better field of vision as compared to the drivers in their steel cages and we can maneuver in much tighter spaces than the cars surrounding us.

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“Watch your six”

Watch your six or paying attention to what is going on behind you is one of the best defensive riding techniques. Whether you are stopped … Continue Reading

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A New Generation: 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

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January 27, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

“redefining performance for a new generation of riders”

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Riders have been begging Harley-Davidson to build another aggressive performance based bike like the legendary FXR and Harley-Davidson answered with the 2016 Low Rider S. Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Director of Styling said in the official press release “The Low Rider S is informed by the current tall-bike custom trend and our own styling heritage, but also seeks to redefine Harley-Davidson performance for a new generation of riders.”  The 2016 Low Rider S is designed to connect the rider to the road with agile handling and superb power delivery. Could this be Harley-Davidson’s answer for connecting with a … Continue Reading

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One for the Books: 2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder Results

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January 26, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

The 48 bikes that made the 2016 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show were a varied lot representing just about every popular style of customs. Baggers, cruisers, bobbers, choppers and café racers slotted into the show’s four custom categories including FreeStyle, MOD Harley, MOD Custom and MOD Retro.

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The Ultimate Builder is a show within the International Motorcycle Show series. You will see enthusiasts from all over Texas stop in to take a look around. Rick Fairless was walking the floor and checking out the action as well as world champion Kevin Schwantz.

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Gerald Van Meter of B&B Cycles received a Bell Helmet … Continue Reading

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Alex English Builds a Raw Metal Hands & Knees Bike

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January 21, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

 

Bike builders are a unique breed.

The ones that are heading to the top and the ones already there have confidence in their opinions and often indifferent to conventional views. Alex English of Old E Metalworks (www.Oldemetalworks.com or Old E Metalworks Facebook) is making a name for himself by going against established views by working in the absence of color… he is a raw metal artist.

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He found his way to bike building by way of truancy. When things went upside-down at school his time-out was at his Dad’s shop in Huntington Beach, Ca. His time at the shop started at 13 and he’s been messing with bikes … Continue Reading

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