Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the leading traveling motorcycle builder competition in the U.S. featuring the largest tour wide offering of cash and prizes and attracting nearly 400 custom motorcycles from coast-to-coast. It’s the custom show inside the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® awarding over $100,000 in cash and product prizes during the 2016 IMS Tour.
The 2016 U.S. Championship Round featured a total cash and prize package of more than $51,000 and drew the largest crowd in the series at Chicago IMS on Valentine’s Day. Builders from New York, Florida, NorCal and the Midwest all made their way through the bone chilling cold to showcase their customs and compete in the championship.
2016 US Championship Freestyle Champion
Champions were awarded in four classes with the FreeStyle class winner bestowed the prestigious ‘King of the Builders’ title. Jeremy Cupp from LC Fabrications took the title and a $10,000 check for the win with a total winning package of cash and prizes of $12,890.
The Grottoes, Virginia native used a Ducati top end, a Buell Blast case and a Triumph gearbox to create his own custom engine. He fabricated the frame, oil, gas tank, rear fender and engine shield. He also fabricated just about everything else but the tires and spokes. The bike got its name “Seven” because Cupp said that it’s the seventh proper motorcycle to roll out of the LC Fabrications garage.
# 1750 Jeremy Cupp, UBCBS ‘King of the Builders’ champion and winner IMS Cleveland
# 1900 Nick Bealiau, UBCBS runner up in IMS New York
2016 US Championship MOD Harley Champion
Builder Dave Dupor of DD Custom Cycle and his 2011 Police Road King won the Chicago edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. On Saturday night he rolled his bike into the championship ring. On Sunday his bike took 1st in the Championship.
Dupor made the steel tank, steel side covers, steel fenders and modified a set of steel bags from Misfit. He also went to town on the exhaust, intake and chin spoiler. The custom bags open up like car doors. They swung out and around the exhaust tips that enter and exit the bags on the sides. Dupor was awarded $11,500 in cash and prizes including a 120R engine from Harley-Davidson.
# 1325 Dave Dupor, UBCBS winner IMS Chicago
# 1575 Art Steel, UBCBS winner IMS Dallas
2016 US Championship MOD Retro Champion
Steve Iacona of Iacona Customs rolled in his custom bike, Crusader, into the Chicago edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder. The 1972 Triumph Bonneville Café Racer was built with a hand hammered fairing and tail section. Iacona used scotch brite to make the engine cases gleam.He took home a check for $750 for the Chicago win and $3,900 in cash and prizes for the US Championship win.
# 1425, Steve Iacona, UBCBS winner IMS Chicago
# 1825, Jordan Dickinson, UBCBS winner IMS Minneapolis
2016 US Championship MOD Custom Champion
Bill Dodge of Bling’s Cycle built a custom Indian Scout for an Indian dealer located in the Southwest. Bill created a new set of wheels, exhaust, primary and triple trees. One of the coolest features was a bolt on rear set. He also upgraded the front end by affixing a set of GSXR front forks with radial brakes.
Bill Dodge received $9,200 in cash and prizes for the US Championship win and keys to the Royal Enfield.
# 1625 Bill Dodge, UBCBS winner IMS Miami 2016
# 1925 Rich Worley, UBCBS winner IMS Cleveland
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: “February at IMS Chicago is the epicenter of the custom bike world. Builders from across the country travel to the Competition to showcase their motorcycles and best work. Attendees saw more than a million dollars’ worth of world-class custom bikes at the U.S. Championship Round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.”
Prize and product sponsors of the UBCBS also included: Arlen Ness, Aeromach, Bare Bones Leathers, Bell
Helmets, Belt Drives Ltd., C & S Customs, Chop Docs, Condor Stands, 5-Ball Leathers, Dunlop Tires,
EagleRider, G-CLEAN Electric Portable Pressure Washer, GMA, HelmetLok, Klock Werks, Kuryakyn, LC
Fabrications, Magnaflow, Mustang Seats, Performance Machine, Rinehart Racing, Speed Foundry, Suspension Technologies, Vance & Hines, Venture Heat and Whiskey Grade, among others.