Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com American motorcycle reviews, news , events and custom bikes Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:41:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots Review http://www.aimag.com/roland-sands-design-mojave-boots-review/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:41:22 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23059 RSD Mojave Boots Review

RSD Mojave Boots Review

From building ground-up customs to designing hot-selling aftermarket parts to stitching together a wide range of apparel, the Roland Sands Design portfolio is as multi-faceted as you’ll find in this industry. But up until August, somehow a good set of motorcycle boots weren’t on that list. This changed with the release of the Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots, leather lace-up riding boots that look like a solid pair of work boots. No sooner did they hit the shelves than a pair arrived in the office and since then they’ve been on my feet every time I hop in the saddle.

The exterior of the RSD Mojave Boots are top grain leather that are reinforced in both the toe box and heels. The boots are made up of a patchwork of panels including one to protect against the wear and tear of shift levers which have a habit of thinning the fastest. Many of the leather panels are triple stitched and we had to look hard to find one frayed stitch after four months of wear as overall construction is solid. The Mojaves are almost two inches taller than comparable boots from Alpinestars and TCX I’ve tested, thus providing more ankle support and a bit more protection. The top opens up wide and the laces are long and don’t have to be undone in order to slip the boots on, the process facilitated by a convenient leather pull tab.

Inside the RSD Mojave’s have a padded, removable insole. There’s also a nice layer of padding surrounding the ankle. The top portion of the tongue is padded as well, all making for a comfortable fit that doesn’t require much break-in. The boots have a porous moisture-wicking polyester liner that is supposed to be waterproof as well. Fair-weather riding means we haven’t had to test this claim but we’re sure that opportunity will soon present itself because the rainy season is upon us in my neck of the woods.

The Mojaves have a Vibram sole with a uniform tread pattern front to back. RSD states the outsoles are oil and chemical resistant. While traction hasn’t been a problem manhandling big cruisers and tourers in and out of parking spots, the material the soles are made of is a little soft and the tread pattern is wearing thin fairly quick.

Roland has an eye for design and this extends to the styling of the RSD Mojave Boots as well. A true barometer is the number of people who’ve asked about them, which have been plenty. Rugged like a pair of work boots, they’re stylish enough to sport for a night out on the town with the Ms. Thanks to its combination of a padded insole and pliable leather the Mojaves are comfy enough to stomp around in day and night.

Considering this is the first footwear RSD has produced, they nailed it. The Mojave Boots rate high in comfort, style and durability. Between the thick leather and reinforced areas RSD’s riding boots provide ample protection, too. Available in four colors – Black, Grey, Oxblood and Whiskey, and priced at $300, they’re built solidly enough to easily get your money’s worth out of them.

Rockin' the 2017 Fat Bob in RSD Mojave Boots

Considering it’s RSD’s first foray into footwear, we’re impressed with the style, comfort and construction of their Mojave Boots.

Victory Motorcycles & Slingshot Showcases Set for New York IMS http://www.aimag.com/victory-motorcycles-slingshot-showcases-set-for-new-york-ims/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:55:56 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23053 Operation Octane winner at 2016 New York IMS

Visitors can check out Strokers’ Operation Octane winner at the 2016 New York IMS this weekend.

Experience the entire line of Victory Motorcycles and Slingshot three-wheeled roadsters, custom vehicles and all-new parts & accessories, and take part in a bike give-away & other special events

Victory Motorcycles and the Polaris Slingshot roll into the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City, December 9-11, with the entire line of Victory motorcycles, Slingshot roadsters, custom bikes, new parts & accessories, vehicle giveaways and more.

The entire line of 2017 Victory motorcycles, including the all-new Victory Octane and best-selling Victory Cross Country models, will be on display at the show alongside the new 2017 Polaris Slingshot, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SLR.

Attendees will be the first to see the winners of the Operation Octane dealer custom build contest, check out the Victory Cross Country Tour Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita used this past summer to set a new world endurance record by riding 62,000 miles over six continents in 72 days, marvel at a custom Slingshot created by The Auto Firm, enter sweepstakes to win a Victory Magnum or a Slingshot SLR, and receive a special coupon good for a one-year extended warranty on a motorcycle purchased at participating dealers. Plus, Victory motorcycle owners can show their key and/or a picture of their ride to receive a special gift.

Grizzly Cross Country Long Beach IMS 2016

The fairing of Grizzly’s world-traveling Victory Cross Country tells tales of the open road.

“Victory and Slingshot vehicles have both turned heads and fired up imaginations,” said Kevin Reilly, Marketing Director for Slingshot and Victory motorcycles. “Not only have the production vehicles proven to be winners, but the custom scene is seeing our vision and taking it even further, which is very exciting to see for both brands.”

IMS New York City takes place Dec. 9-11 at the Javits Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $20 for Adults and free for children ages 11 and under.

In addition to New York City, look for Victory Motorcycles at future IMS series stops, including Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Visit MotorcycleShows.com for a full schedule of IMS events. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Catch up to Slingshot at www.Polaris.com or try to keep up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Call for Applications: Buffalo Chip Challenge Custom Build & Scholarship Program http://www.aimag.com/call-for-applications-buffalo-chip-challenge-custom-build-scholarship-program/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:56:10 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23050 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Challenge 2016

Buffalo Chip Challenge students proudly display the awards they won last year at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.

Black Hills area high school students are invited to apply for a position in the prestigious Buffalo Chip Challenge 2017 custom motorcycle build program, which offers a chance at significant educational scholarships. Ten students will be accepted to learn valuable mechanical skills and customization techniques through hands-on instruction from industry professionals at Terry Components in Spearfish. The class will meet two to three days per week December through April during after-school hours and on weekends. A variety of criteria including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program will determine the scholarships to be awarded in May by Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. There is no fee for students to join the program, but space is limited to 10 students. Interested students should visit LegendsRide.com/Scholarships and submit an application before the Dec. 19, 2016 deadline.
The Buffalo Chip Challenge allows students the opportunity to work with motorcycle industry veteran Keith Terry in a real shop environment. Students will be customizing a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King. Many of the motorcycle industry’s top companies continue to sponsor world-class parts for this Buffalo Chip build program each year, recognizing its significance as part of the growth and success in American custom bike building.

In addition to working with the industry’s finest, participating students will also have the opportunity to accompany program instructors to the world-renowned Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show in St. Paul, MN March 25-26, 2017 where the motorcycle will compete against the nation’s top builders. The completed motorcycle will then be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® charity event in Deadwood on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

For more information on the program contact Brad Schneck at 605-347-9000.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Challenge students

About the 2017 Buffalo Chip Challenge
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its seventh annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. Program director, Keith Terry works with industry veterans teaching students to customizing a stock motorcycle. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Buffalo Chip Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions, including winning first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.

Official Daytona Bike Week Bike Build Underway http://www.aimag.com/official-daytona-bike-week-bike-build-underway/ Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:31:03 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23025 American Iron Magazine is building the Official Daytona Bike Week giveaway bike and we’d like to thank all of the generous vendors and parts manufacturers that helped make it a reality. Each week we’ll showcase some of the companies on our website and social media, leading up to Daytona Bike Week in March, 2017.

The build began with a story in American Iron Magazine Issue #344 where we assess the status of our plainjane 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra starting point. The bike was mechanically sound, with low mileage for its age, but was suffering from some flaws in the aesthetics department. This didn’t pose a problem, as we planned to transform the look of the bike and make it much more appealing for the ultimate prize bike winner.


All the wrenching, painting, and assembly duties will be handled by Rich, Eric, and Monica from Street Stuff Motorcycle of New England, in Norwich, CT. This is the second time Street Stuff has been involved with building the Official Daytona Bike Week bike, and they were stoked to get started.


In issue 345 we’ll start bolting on some cool Arlen Ness billet engine goodies shown here. Ness wanted to showcase its new “10-Gauge” line of billet aluminum engine and chassis parts. Most all of the engine covers, front and rear floorboards, fork tubes, 13” Bagger Apes and handgrips came from Arlen Ness.


You can win the Official Daytona Bike Week Bike by getting your ticket at OfficialBikeWeek.com. Tickets are $50 each and only 4500 tickets will be sold. Get one before they run out!






Indian Motorcycle Revving up for 2016 New York IMS http://www.aimag.com/indian-motorcycle-revving-up-for-2016-new-york-ims/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:25:39 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23021 Visit the Javits Center on Dec 9-11 to see Indian’s model year 2017 motorcycles and all-new parts & accessories, experience the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system, inspect the Scout FTR750 flat track racer and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles’ Red Wing Scout, sign up for a bike give-away and more

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, rolls into the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City, December 9-11, with its full line of motorcycles, including the award-winning Indian Scout, blacked-out Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, and the new Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster models featuring the industry’s most advanced and user-friendly infotainment system.

In addition to seeing the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup and getting hands-on experience with the all-new Ride Command infotainment system featuring the industry’s largest, fastest and most customizable display, show visitors will be able to get up close to the Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike – part of Indian Motorcycle’s historic return to Flat Track Racing – and check out authentic Indian Motorcycle apparel, accessories and gifts.

Indian Red Wing Scout by Klock Werks

Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles will be at the 2016 NY IMS showcasing his custom Red Wing Scout built to commemorate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with Red Wing Shoes.

Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles also will be in attendance, showcasing his custom Red Wing Scout built to commemorate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with Red Wing Shoes. Using inspiration from the Indian Motorcycle boot collection by Red Wing Shoes and his tour of the Red Wing Shoes factory, Klock’s Red Wing Scout embodies the qualities that make each brand great – American craftsmanship, style and durability.

Additionally, Indian Motorcycle owners can receive a special gift by simply showing their key fob or a photo of themselves with their bike, and members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) should plan to meet at the Indian display at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10 for a group photo.

“Even if it’s cold outside, motorcycle fans always come to the big show in New York,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “Indian Motorcycle has the most complete line-up of motorcycles in its history, and we look forward to meeting with existing and new fans of the brand in our display.”

IMS New York City takes place Dec. 9-11 at the Javits Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $20 for Adults and free for children ages 11 and under.

In addition to New York City, look for Indian Motorcycle at future IMS series stops in Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Visit MotorcycleShows.com for a full schedule of IMS events. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

World Debut of New Motorcycle Brand: Vanguard Roadster http://www.aimag.com/world-debut-of-new-motorcycle-brand-vanguard-roadster/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:07 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=23014 2018 Vanguard Roadster first look

The Vanguard Roadster is the first release of the new brand that also intends on building a Cruiser and Racer version as well.

Vanguard is unveiling its Roadster at the New York Motorcycle Show (December 9th to 11th)

Conceived, designed and built in New York City, Vanguard is an exciting, entirely new and wholly distinct motorcycle brand.

Vanguard, with its forward-thinking design and pioneering features, is a product without equivalent as well as a brand with the potential to bring new perspectives to the motorcycle industry.
Vanguard is excited to invite members of the media and public to come see its new Roadster in person. The world premiere is scheduled for the International Motorcycle Show in New York City on December 9th.

2018 Vanguard Roadster 117 cubic-inch engine

The Vanguard Roadster is powered by a 117 cubic-inch variation of the S&S X-Wedge engine teamed to a six-speed gearbox.

Form and function have never been more complimentary. The Vanguard Roadster has a striking contemporary silhouette, the result of clear and well-informed design decisions. The lines emerged from breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions.

The Vanguard Roadster is a running prototype, with production slated for 2018. It boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. The Roadster is the first of 3 motorcycles built on a common powertrain platform that will cover all riding positions: Roadster, Cruiser and Racer.

Vanguard Roadster unitized crankcase

The Vanguard Roadster has a frameless structural engine and a unitized crankcase.

Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, revisits traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard will deliver exceptional value and quality.

Starting at $29,995, a premium price within reach, the Vanguard Roadster is a strong alternative to current premium motorcycles. Selected dealers are signing up to be the ambassadors of this game-changing brand.

Vanguard is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. Together they form a dynamic team of drive and vision.
With a fresh perspective and unique approach, Vanguard promises to be a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.

Come see the world premiere at the International Motorcycle Show in New York, taking place December 9-11 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, booth #438.

2018 Vanguard Roadster Specs
Engine: 117 cubic-inch (1917cc) air-cooled 56-degree V-twin (S&S X-Wedge based)
Transmission/Final Drive: 6 speed / shaft drive
Target Torque: 110 ft-lbs.
Frame: Frameless Structural Engine
Front Suspension: Ohlins fully adjustable 48mm
Rear Suspension: Single-sided swingarm, Ohlins mono-shock suspension
Front Brake: Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320mm X 2 semi-floating discs
Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 245mm disc
Rake Angle: 27 degrees
Seat Height: 32 in.
Wheelbase: 65.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal.
Target Weight: 550 lbs.
Tires: Metzeler ME880 Marathon 240/40 VR18 or 200/50 ZR18 (rear); 130/60 VR18 (front)
Available: 2018
Target Price: $30,000

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What it’s Like to be Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner http://www.aimag.com/what-its-like-to-be-garage-girls-ultimate-biker-makeover-winner/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:22:38 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=22989 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Leah Misch

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Leah Misch

(Story and photos courtesy of Garage-Girls/Sara Liberte)

We catch up with our 2016 Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Leah Misch to find out how she is enjoying all her new gear. She has been fortunate to receive some help from some of our sponsors with install of her new parts and even helping to take some photos. We love nothing more than being able to help riders stay safe on the road with new gear for them AND their Motorcycle!

Garage Girls- How did you hear about the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover?

Leah Misch -I saw an ad for the contest as I flipped through American Iron Magazine dreaming about buying a new pair of riding boots after literally wearing a hole through my 6 year old riding boots.

GG- What prompted you to enter?

LM- I tore out the page from the magazine ad and thought about entering the contest for almost a month before finally deciding to sit down and write the essay. I’ve always struggled with writing and hesitated entering the contest since I thought I wouldn’t likely win. But as I trained for my first Half Ironman I thought back to the days when I contemplated if I could run a 5k. The beginning steps in anything is to ‘try.’ Even if I didn’t win the contest, it would get me to take the first steps in writing a book many people have told me I need to do.

GG- Now that you have won, what do you think of the prizes?

LM- AWESOME; I LOVE EVERYTHING!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING I WON ALL THESE AMAZING PRIZES!!! I LOVE SCOUT’S NEW SPORTY EDGE!!! I’ll totally put everything to good use in finishing my 50 state goal.

2016 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Leah Misch

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016 winner Leah Misch surrounded by the cache of goods she received.

GG- If you could encourage others who are down on their luck for any obstacle in life, how would you encourage them? What would you say?

LM- “Take the first step in faith, you may not see the whole staircase; but just take the first step”- “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.”
‘Life’s like a bike; to keep balanced you must keep going’- Einstein

These quotes were some of my most life changing quotes as I took many first steps in life when I wanted to give up…. instead I keep going as I continue to live towards my bucket list goals I set for myself after leaving an abusive relationship I was lucky to survive. For example, running my fist 5k after overcoming morbid obesity. Taking my first steps after breaking my back to later finishing marathons. Flying into hurricanes to help victims of disaster during crisis situations. Learning to first ride a motorcycle and years later traveling across the country on a motorcycle, solo.

GG- Any advice for others thinking about entering the Ultimate Biker Makeover contest in 2017?

LM- You Go Girl is a motto I share with others to overcome adversity, break through barriers, and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
Remember, the only limits are those you set for yourself. Take the first step and just try; you may not see what’s at the top of the staircase, but just take the first step to try something new because life begins outside of your comfort zone

GG- Any special words you want to send to all the sponsors who help make this happen?

LM- Thank you for sponsoring a contest which encouraged me to not only keep riding safely; but to learn how to work on my bike myself. I added a set of tools to my Christmas List and hope to continue exploring motorcycle maintenance and the DIY work on Scout! Thanks Garage Girls and all the awesome sponsors!

Special thanks to Sara Liberte for starting a contest that literally changed my life. I’m excited to ride fashionable and safe as I continue my 50 state goal.

P.S. My 50 state goal first started when I put on my list “to see the Statue of Liberty.” I got in my car and drove by myself from Minnesota to New York to see the Statue of Liberty. The statue represents a woman escaping the chains of tyranny, which lie at her feet as she holds the flaming torch of liberty in her right hand – You Go Girl! Thank you Sarah ‘Liberte!!!’

After doing a solo trip in my car to the East Coast to see the Statue of Liberty, I gained the confidence and love for traveling. That is when I added to the bucket list ‘watch the sun rise or set in all 50 states by age 30’… Alaska is my last state, which I’m now hoping to finish my 50 state goal and take Scout with me safely in style. You Go Girl!!

UK Showcases Customizing Skills in Project Scout Contest 2016 http://www.aimag.com/uk-showcases-customizing-skills-in-project-scout-contest-2016/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:38:52 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=22983 Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the UK were invited to build a customized Indian Scout or Scout Sixty in just 90 days in a partnership with the UK’s national motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live.

Ten dealers took up the opportunity to show off their creations to an audience of 113,172 visitors with 1,905 of these voting for their favorite Project Scout by visiting the Indian stand during the nine-day-long show. There were no rules or restrictions on the bike theme, cost or build style, but entrants had to use a minimum of three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the range of more than 200 items and at least one part from the following three leading aftermarket suppliers.

Congratulations to Moore Speed Racing who built the Beach Tracker who claimed 3rd place using the Bullit shocks and Tracker cartridge kit.

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Well done to the all the Indian Dealers that took place in this years competition and to Thor Motorcycle with the THUG in 1st place and Mid West Moto with the MWM-115 claiming 2nd.

For more information on our products for the Indian Scout and other custom models visit our website.

Here are the Indian Scout builders we supplied suspension products for.

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Holiday Gift Idea: “Denver” Billet Cigar Ashtray by Boyd Motor Company http://www.aimag.com/holiday-gift-idea-denver-billet-cigar-ashtray-by-boyd-motor-company/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=22998 Denver ashtray by Boyd Motor Company

Here’s a holiday gift idea for the biker in your life who’s also a cigar aficionado – a billet Denver ashtray by Boyd Motor Company.

The Original Billet Aluminum Cigar Ashtray, perfect for any workbench or desk

Boyd Motor Company’s Ryan Boyd has been a fan of fine-machined pieces of art all his life, and now he makes them. What started as the seed of an idea in his original Colorado shop has grown into the “Denver” cigar ashtray, which sold out with its initial run in 2015. The original billet cigar ashtray is back just in time for the holidays exclusively at Touch of Modern.

It all began with Ryan looking for a Made-in-the-U.S.A. ashtray composed of his favorite material, 6061 billet aluminum, and being unable to find one to his liking. He had a nice heavy glass cigar ashtray, with four stations for individual cigars, but what he really wanted was an ashtray for his shop that matched his sensibilities and aesthetics—in other words, one wrought from billet aluminum. He realized he could make an ashtray that was tasteful, affordable and better than anything else on the market.

“As a machinist, I always look not just at the end result but how to get there. If you look at the “Denver” ashtray, you will see the utmost attention paid to the tool paths and shaping to make this the ultimate single-cigar ashtray for your shop or desk,” says owner Ryan Boyd. “I produced a different limited-edition ashtray that sold out immediately just through word of mouth. I then decided to produce the Denver and get it out to a wider market, and Touch of Modern made that easy for me. Now just in time for the holidays I have made a limited run of 200 just for Touch of Modern”.

There is a limited run of 200 Boyd Motor Company “Denver” ashtrays available exclusively through Touch Of Modern until 12 p.m. PST, Friday December 2. They are discounted to $79.99 (from a retail price of $125), and once they sell out, production will not happen for the Denver for a long time—so now is your opportunity to buy this one-of-a-kind luxury cigar ashtray.

About Boyd Motor Company:
Founded in 2007, Boyd Motor Company strives for perfection in everything they do—whether it’s building motorcycles, developing parts or designing and machining billet aluminum cigar ashtrays. Boyd Motor Company is always searching for the opportunity to fill a void with something exceptional, well-thought-out and timeless. You can follow Ryan Boyd on Facebook or Instagram.

“Pink Panther” Wins 2016 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Long Beach http://www.aimag.com/pink-panther-wins-2016-jp-ultimate-builder-custom-bike-show-long-beach/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:07:13 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=22939 By Jeff Najar/Biker Pros 

Fresh off the kick start of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Long Beach, CA and the results were just… Wow! We had outstanding builds that were world-class from fit, finish and design.

The first show of the season is a great place to catch up on the latest products like K&N Filters that released a new articulated miniature shaker hood air cleaner that looked like it was plucked off a 1970’s era Dodge Challenger.

The SHO DOG is awarded to the individual that works the show to promote their business and the custom bike industry. Charles Hollom took to the stage and received a leather solo bag provided by The Leatherworks, the home of the nickel bag.

Andrew Ursich Pink Panther 1st Freestyle Class 2016 Long Beach Ultimate Builder

Andrew Ursich’s “Pink Panther” won top honors in the FreeStyle Class at the 2016 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Bike Show.

1949 Panther engine Pink Panther custom 2016 Long Beach Ultimate Builder

2016 Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class Long Beach
Andrew Ursich has only built three bikes and each bike has won or placed at the Ultimate Builder the last couple of years. He took home another $2,000 for his effort with Pink Panther and has his eyes set on Chicago and winning a good chunk of the $50,000 dollars in cash and prizes that are up for grabs.

Pink Panther is a Panther engine find from Craig’s List.

1. Winner – Andrew Ursich, company, Pink Panther – 1949 Panther with custom frame
2. Runner Up – Ryan McQuiston Company, 45 Mag – 1941 Harley Magnum

Lightning bolt frame Ultimate Builder Long Beach 2016

We dig the lightning bolt downtube on Ryan McQuiston’s 1941 Harley Magnum. McQuiston won 2nd Place in the FreeStyle Class at the 2016 J&P Ultimate Builder Bike Show in Long Beach. 

Homegrown scoot from the LB Ultimate Builder Show 2016

2016 Ultimate Builder Modified Harley Class Long Beach
Nelson Kanno rolled in Ken’s Factory 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail sporting grips, risers, handlebars, triple trees, pegs, intake, exhaust, push rod covers, neo-fusion gas cap, and shifter rod. But the piece that stood out was the blower perched on the side of the cylinders.

J&P Cycles, Harley-Davidson, J&M Motorcycle Audio and K&N Filters sponsors the class.

1. Winner – Ken’s Factory, Big Sucker – 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail
2. Runner Up – Jonathon Schroder – 1999 Harley-Davidson Softail

Kens Factory Klassy Nine Long Beach Ultimate Builder Bike Show 2016

SoCal came out swinging in the first round of the 2016-17 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show at the Long Beach IMS. Ken’s Factory’s “Big Sucker” won 1st Place in the Mod Harley Class. 

Klassy Nine Kens Factory Long Beach IMS 2016

2016 Ultimate Builder MOD Custom Class Long Beach
The AFT Custom racer features race suspension, twin carb, hydraulic clutch, Beringer brakes, digital electronics, exposed stator, 836 kit, sump in front down tube. Raced at Mojave Magnum and is street legal.

Condor provides the winner and runner up with a gift certificate.

1. Winner – Jim Guiffra, Aft Customs – 1976 Honda CB836CR
2. Runner Up – Jovan Samonte – 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike

2016 Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class Long Beach
Anthony Robinson custom built a 1969 Triumph T-100R Daytona featuring hand-built wood fender, Kustom paint, milled and engraved 19″ front and 18″ rear wheels, handmade stainless fender struts, leaf spring seat mount, original Harley-Davidson 45″ springer front fork, inverted speedster bars with internal clutch and throttle and 1943 US Navy issued binocular case for battery box.
Royal Enfield and K&N Filters sponsors the class.

1. Winner – Anthony Robinson – 1969 Triumph T-100R Daytona
2. Runner Up – Nick Okane – 1982 Honda CBX 1000

Best Paint was awarded to Micheal Uriarte of Dirtbag Baggers LLC. His 2003 Road King painted by Custom Candy paint was really outstanding. Troy Kyne of Kyne Customs took People’s Choice and Most Original Award. He won a Custom 500 lid from Bell Helmets. Jay Lossa of Lossa Engineering took the Ingenuity Award for his BMX 1968 Honda CT90.

Big Blue Bagger in the 2016 Ultimate Builder Bike Show

Dirtbag Baggers LLC won Best Paint for this 2003 Harley Road King. 

Anthony Robinson also took the K&N Filters At Large Award.

There are four classes at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. These classes accommodate every conceivable custom creation as there is a bike for each class and a class for each bike.

1) Freestyle – Open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train; Any 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle as defined by the DMV. Motorcycle must run.
2) Retro Mod – Open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train 1984 or older; OEM driveline with stock, modified or aftermarket frame. No reproduction engines allowed. Any 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle as defined by the DMW. Motorcycle must run.
3) Mod Custom – Must have a major OEM engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hard tail sections, stretched swing arms and wide tire kits are acceptable. Includes OEM cases. Any 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle as defined by the DMV.
4) Mod Harley – Must have Harley-Davidson engine cases and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hard tail sections and wide tire kits are acceptable. Touring models, Softails, Dynas, FXRs, Sportsters and V-Rods qualify for this class. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV.

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