(Photos & Text Courtesy of Jeff Najar/Biker Pros)
Nick Beaulieu is J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder’s The King of the Builders
The national competition concluded in Chicago last weekend with Nick Beaulieu of Forever Two Wheels crowned “King of the Builders” in front of his peers at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, receiving a big $10,000 check for his efforts. The eight winning builders split over $57,000+ in cash and prizes.
Nick Beaulieu’s Forever Two Wheels motorcycle shop is located in Windham, Maine. It specializes in Harley-Davidson Motorcycles from 1970’s to 2013 and offers a wide variety of services including metal fabrication, machine work, performance parts, custom builds and welding.
The opportunity for Progressive International Motorcycle Show enthusiasts, members of the media, and the greater industry to appreciate these rolling masterpieces of art and meet their creators was a memorable experience for all.
The judging was provided by a panel of industry experts and included Chris Callen, Editor-in-Chief of Cycle Source Magazine, Jeff Holt, Brand Director of HOT BIKE and Street Chopper Magazines, Pat Jansen of Sin-Central, Carl Pusser, Past National Champion and President of Walking Tall Customs and Chris Tice, Director of Competition, XDL.
Beaulieu is no stranger to the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Series. He won one of the recent rounds in NY for his FreeStyle and Retro MOD entries.
His bike features a custom made girder front end, handmade frame with Pentagram down tube and axle blocks, one-off pentagram wheels, handmade exhaust with pentagram exhaust tips, custom tail section and aluminum gas tank. A Baker 6-speed matched with a BDL belt drive takes care of getting the power to the rear wheel.
Winner: Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels – The Hate Machine, Custom Chopper
Runner-Up: Wayne Burgess – Spitball Magoo, ‘96 Custom Shovelhead
The FreeStyle winners split product awards from MOTONE Customs, BDL, Arlen Ness, C&S Custom Swing Arm, Rinehart Racing Exhaust, Thundermax, Vance & Hines, HJC helmet from Helmet Sounds painted by Atomic Bob with original art, G-Clean portable spray cleaner and LED SLED Hardtail.
Steven Iacona of Iacona Customs is known for building exceptional and award winning bikes with basic hand tools. You won’t see CNC machines in his Brooklyn, NY based shop.
What you will see in an Iacona build is outstanding design. Phoenix is a 1992 Harley-Davidson Sportster modified with a Harley frame. The oil tank, oil cooler shroud, front & rear fenders, front fairing, gas tank, tail section and exhaust pipes are all hand fabricated.
Iacona took home the coveted Harley-Davidson 120R engine for his efforts.
Winner: Steven Iacona, Iacona Customs, Phoenix – 1992 1200 Sportster
Runner-Up: Dusty Pine, 1993 Harley-Davidson Sportster
The MOD Harley winners split product awards from Harley-Davidson including a 120R Motor, Harley gift certificate, HJC helmet from Helmet Sounds painted by Atomic Bob with original art, Kuryakyn, J&M Motorcycle Audio, and K&N Filters.
Steve Dietzman was the only builder to compete in the Chicago round and then move on to the Championship round and win it there. He tool home two big checks totaling $2,250 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT.
His 1968 Triumph features a Chopper 21″ front wheel with JR Cycle Products spool hub, 18″ rear Triumph chrome spool laced to a NOS Dunlop rim. Dietzman matched front and rear Firestone bias ply tires, hand bent and chromed a one-off sissy bar and Low Brow Customs Wassell gas tank with candy red metal flake and gold pinstriping.
Winner: Steve Dietzman – 1968 Triumph Chopper
Runner-Up: Matt Anderson – 1982 Harley-Davidson FXRS
The Retro MOD winners split product awards from MOTONE Customs, HJC helmet from Helmet Sounds painted by Atomic Bob with original art, G-Clean portable spray cleaner, a C&S Custom’s Swing Arm, K&N products, LED SLED Hardtail and a Royal Enfield Continental GT.
Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors built a tribute named Ethel for his grandmother named Ethel. It features prototype billet/lexan valve covers, hard tailed frame, custom neck, leaf spring front end by Kiwi Indian, bevel gear throttle, hand fabricated split tanks and fenders.
In addition, his handmade stainless exhaust, stainless seat with hand-tooled pad, 21” front wheel, custom intake and rear brake round out the custom features.
Winner: Evan Favaro, Speakeasy Motors – 2015 Custom named Ethel
Runner-Up: Kyle Shorey, Speed Foundry – MahaKala, Triumph
The MOD Custom winners split product awards from MOTONE Customs, HJC helmet from Helmet Sounds painted by Atomic Bob with original art, G-Clean portable spray cleaner and a Condor Products’ gift certificate.