A New King: Nick Beaulieu Crowned King of the Custom Motorcycle Builders

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A New King: Nick Beaulieu Crowned King of the Custom Motorcycle Builders

The 2016-2017 season marked the 8th annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Each year the industry leading custom motorcycle builders in the U.S.A. bring their best creative designs and concepts for a chance to be crowned King of the Custom Motorcycle Builders. With seven rounds and over 350 entries, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the largest custom bike competition in the nation. It all comes down to the final round in Chicago, where one builder will receive the title as King of the Custom Motorcycle Builders and a spot on the prestigious list with champions of the past.  This year that builder is Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine. All hail the new King.

Nick Beaulieu King of the Builders Hate Machine

King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine, sits on his award winning motorcycle. Beaulieu earned the title on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago (Photo/ Tank Bilt, Las Vegas)

A humble builder crowned as King for 2017. “Winning such a prestigious competition is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a teenager,” said 30-year-old Beaulieu. “Thanks to J&P Cycles for making this a reality. I’m bringing this cup back to Maine!” The masterpiece that earned Beaulieu the crown stands powerful with unique, minimalist, styling. This sleek build looks as if it is barely more than two wheels, a motor and a fuel tank. In Beaulieu’s words, “custom girder front end, S&S Motor, pentagram wheels and some bad ass aluminum work by my buddy, Ray” are some of the features that make this bike worthy for a King.  

The Hate Machine

Just weeks leading up to the final round of the competition, “The Hate Machine” stole the hearts of many at the New York International Motorcycle Show. Beaulieu walked away from New York with the Freestyle Class win and a chance to get his name on the prestigious list of the past J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Champions. Once “The Hate Machine” rolled in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago spectators swarmed to lay eyes on this unique build. The judges, noted editors of Hot Bike and Cycle Source magazines applauded Beaulieu’s minimalist approach and clean, smooth lines. 

Through hard work and perseverance “The Hate Machine” was brought together in just 60 days. With a humble, hard working nature and a passion for building custom motorcycles, it is easy to see why Nick Beaulieu is a worthy King.  “Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. Whether they enjoy building custom bikes, traveling cross country, or carving through twisties, we deliver what makes their rides special,” said Zach Parham, vice president and general manager of J&P Cycles. “It’s clear that Nick has a passion for cool motorcycles. We’re proud to name him King.”

Along with thousands of other people who love to ride, the King shops at JPCycles.com.

2017 King of the Builders

Long Live the King. 


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  1. Rob February 28, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Very simple with a lot of metal fab work. Not a very expensive build but, enough “star” creativity to appeal to Paul Stanley of KISS!

  2. Rob February 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Nice but, not that dam nice. I have witnessed custom builds that make this look silly. I suppose it depends upon the competition at this event.

  3. mojo February 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    The bike has nice lines, but needs painting, and finishing off………..i dont believe the old cleashay “less is more” works for this bike…………but thats just an old farts opinion.

  4. MrF February 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Nick – don’t pay attention to the hater(s). It’s an excellent build, brother!

  5. Joe February 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I believe would have to think a quiet a few times before Crowning that Bike Build , To me it wasn’t real Impressive… Needs a real MAKE OVER….!!! Hope he takes the money an give it REBUILD..

  6. Ken Cooley February 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    A really nice build. Congrats.

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