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.
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.
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.
Long Live the King.