2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Bike Show Minneapolis Results
(Courtesy of Jeff Najar/Biker Pros)
The Progressive International Motorcycle Show rolled into the teeth of winter with a much anticipated stop in Minneapolis, MN. Independent shops, dealers, builders and Hamsters all converged at the Minneapolis Convention Center to showcase their latest builds at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
And the 2017 edition didn’t disappoint. It was huge, one of the best shows in the series with guys bringing their “A” game.
Winners and runner ups from the Minneapolis competition are guaranteed entrance into the Ring of Champions at the US Nationals held concurrently with the Chicago round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style brought in his Frost Buzzard, a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead that was customized in his shop. Everything is handmade and one of a kind. It features a custom frame and hand-formed gas and oil tanks. The paint is by Michael Cody.
1. Jordan Dickinson, Union Speed and Style – Named Frost Buzzard – 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead
2. Dan Rognsvoog, Cabana Dan – 1948/49/50 Harley Hummer
Green Earth Technologies provides a product sponsorship in the Freestyle class with their portable power sprayer and green bucket of polishing and cleaning materials.
The Dana Hallberg’s Deadline Customs Bagger took the win at Minneapolis with his 2011 Harley-Davidson Road King. The build featured a deep red full custom body, 30” front wheel, and custom kandy paint
1. Dana Hallberg, Deadline Customs – 2011 H-D Road King
2. Jason Payfer, Gilby’s Street Dept. – Named Crimson Belle – 2007 Softail Deluxe
Harley-Davidson is the presenting class sponsor, J&M Motorcycle Audio and K&N Filters joining Harley in providing product sponsorship.
Jordan Dickinson’s Harley-Davidson Knucklehead was built out of his Union Speed & Style shop in Minneapolis. It took home top honors in the Retro MOD Class. The Knucklehead is a concept bike from the ‘30’s and ‘40’s as if Harley was making a race bike back in the day.
1. Jordan Dickinson Union Speed and Style – Named Poncharello –
2. Pete Mason
Royal Enfield is the presenting class sponsor while K&N Filters also provides product sponsorship in the class.
1. Jessi Combs + Theresa Contreras, REAL DEAL – 2016 BMW R Nine T
2. Brian Hable, Hable Racing – Named Poison Ivy, 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R 1300
Jessi Combs and Theresa Contreras’ 2016 BMW R Nine T made the jump from second place in Cleveland to the top of the MOD Custom class in Minneapolis. The custom Beemer has a land-speed inspired theme with its fabricated front fairing, tail section, a retro style seat and a K&N filter in place of the stock airbox. The paint was done by READ Deal’s Contreras.
Condor Products provides product sponsorship.
Best Paint was awarded to John Shipley with his trike named Perfect Rose.
The People’s Choice recipient went to Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson, Gilby’s Street Dept. with his “Green Onion.” He won a Custom 500 lid from Bell Helmets and $100 gift certificate from J&P Cycles.
Paul Martinson took the Ingenuity Award for his 1968 Ward’s Riverside Benelli named Cafe a la Carte.
The Originality Award went to Matt Anderson for his 1982 Harley Davidson FXRS motorcycle.
K&N Award winner is Jeff Castellari for the 2016 SHR Streetracker. The builders received up to $500 in product awards.
SHO DOG is awarded to the individual that works the show to promote their business and the custom bike industry. Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson won The Leatherworks solo chopper bag for his efforts.