Redemption Renews Jesse Srpan’s Body and Soul


February 4, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles


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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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.


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.


Court House Custom won the Street … Continue Reading

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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?


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.

Speedfoundry-shop-at airport2

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

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One for the Books: 2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder Results


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.


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.

People’s Choice & SHO DOG Award

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


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 ( 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.


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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New Year New Gear | Scorpion

January 20, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles


With every new year comes new gear to celebrate! We are excited to introduce Scorpion as an addition to our selection of gear lines for 2016. Scorpion has been dedicated to providing premium products to motorcycle riders of all kinds for the past decade. With so many products to highlight choosing only a few to review was difficult so make sure you check out this link to our website for the full line of Scorpion products available.

Men’s 1909 Distressed Leather Jacket | 743-926

743-926_AThe 1909 Leather Jacket is a vintage style premium leather jacket complete with a name that pays homage to the year 1909 when Indianapolis Motor Speedway … Continue Reading

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Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Miami 2016

January 12, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

ultimate_builders_largeThe J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Miami with a pronounced Latin beat. The energy was high inside the Miami Convention Center with Cartel Baggers making their presence known by displaying 26 custom Baggers in the Modified Harley Davidson and FreeStyle classes. And if you like killer Baggers, then the Miami show is a “can’t miss” on the schedule. During the awards ceremony hundreds of Cartel Baggers’ enthusiasts came out to support the competitors and the custom bike lifestyle.

The award for the hardest working shop went to the Chairman of the Board, Ralph of Cartel Baggers. He took home the SHO DOG Award and received a … Continue Reading

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Evan Favaro Wins MOD Retro at

NYC J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder


December 18, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

I met Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors a few years ago when he was 21 and had just started his custom bike and Hot Rod company. He was working 16 hour days and building the business from the ground up.


1981 Yamaha XS650 donor bike

He started learning his craft at 14 when he bought himself a welder and used it to weld a chain into a steering wheel for a go kart he built with a buddy, and the rest, as they say, is history.  At 15 he built his first chopper and at 17 he started an apprenticeship at a local motorcycle shop, working full time during high … Continue Reading

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EPA 2016 Fuel Standards Released


December 11, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Have you had a hard time filling up your motorcycle or ATV due to the lack of the proper fuel available?  It doesn’t sound like it’s going to get better any time soon.

Ethanol Gas Sign

The American Motorcyclist Association reported this week that the EPA has released its updated Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.

This new standard is going to require widespread availability of higher ethanol fuel blends which include E15.  The higher ethanol will continue to increase the risk of misfueling motorcycles and ATVs which lead to a long list of performance issues and mechanical issues.

In 2015, the EPA set that RFS at 16.93 billion gallons and will be raising … Continue Reading

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The Man behind the Men:

Bandit is an Industry Icon


December 1, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles


Keith “Bandit” Ball is the Godfather of the Custom Bike industry and acts like a human switch as calls start early in the morning and often runs late into the night as he puts people together and keeps his thumb on the pulse of the custom motorcycle industry.Bandit with Chris Richardson

Recently he put a $100,000 restoration build deal together for Billy Lane. Back in the day Hugh King, producer of Biker Build off series, called and wanted a fresh face for a new show called Monster Garage. Bandit gave the nod to Jesse James and he made TV history.

A couple of weeks ago Bandit called about a new young builder, … Continue Reading

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