2017 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Long Beach Winners
Courtesy of Jeff Najar/Custom Motorcycle Shows – The Long Beach, California, round of the 2017-18 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is a unique stop in the series because many of the latest trends come out of Southern California, the Dyna phenomenon with the panel paint jobs coming to mind. West Coast custom bike fans and enthusiasts have the luxury of seeing many of the bikes and artists first before they make their way across the country.
The Ultimate Builder includes a diversity not seen in many shows and Long Beach ran the gamut. The chopper game is strong in SoCal, as is the aforementioned Dyna movement. Sportsters continue to be a solid platform for customization, while other craftsmen took it to another level with full ground-up builds. Custom motorcycles were spread about the rows of the Long Beach Convention Center as visitors voted for their favorites, adding another level of interaction to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show experience.
Taylor Schultz of Schultz Designz was hustling in the new IMS SHIFT booth pinstriping leathers, helmets and cell phone cases accompanied by his little four-legged buddy Roscoe. Schultz’s panel paint designs can be found on many Dynas and FXRs.
Winner – Ryan McQuiston, 1941 Harley-Davidson WR Flathead 45”, “45 Magnum” – The Freestyle Class at the Ultimate Builder Bike Show is always hotly contested and the 2017 opener at Long Beach was no exception. Taking top honors in LB was local builder Ryan McQuiston with his 1941 Harley WR Flathead. McQuiston built the custom frame and handmade the sweet lightning bolt downtube. The front end is deraked. He converted it into a “45 Magnum” by installing a KHK Sportster top-end. The old Flathead is fed by a Linkert carb while the 2-into-1 exhaust are McQuiston originals.
Runner-up – Christian Sosa, Sosa Metalworks, 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber, “Space Traveler” – Sosa’s mastery of metal was on full display on his 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead entered in the show. Sosa constructed the oval frame tubing from flat sheet metal. The leaf spring fork is likewise homemade. The brushed finish of the oil and fuel tanks lets the beauty of the metal and design speak for itself. The throttle linkages and foot clutch are assembled with the precision of a high-end Swiss timepiece. Sosa’s “Space Traveler” is appropriately named because his work transcends space and time.
Winner – Doug Ide, Ide Innovations 2009 Road King, “Rising Sun” – The paint on Ide’s Road King is fantastic, Candy Apple Red that’s marbleized. The frame has been raked out to fit the one-off 30” wheel and it has air ride front and back. Other winning features include the hand built headlight nacelle and sliding saddlebag lids.
Runner-up – Samual Kao, JSK Moto Co. 1997 XL1200 Sportster, “Project Cobalt Storm” – The team from JSK Moto took a minimalistic approach, trimming down the rear to next to nothing and adding a custom swingarm/monoshock arrangement. Paint by Air Runner Custom Paint.
Winner – Tom Day, 1976 Triumph built by David Bird – Hand built from the ground-up, Day’s Triumph includes custom paint with leaf pattern, handmade oil bag, and a Cole Foster fuel tank.
Runner-up – Taber Nash, Nash Motorcycle Company, “KOKO” – KOKO is an industrial strength build that includes an open primary, a gas tank houses both gas and oil, a Springer front end and a clean drag-style tail on a rigid rear.
CUSTOM STREET CLASS
Winner – Dale Crawford, Motone 2006 Triumph Hardtail Bobber, “Mahakala”
Runner-up – Dale Crawford, Motone 2009 Triumph Bonneville Café Racer, “Grasshopper”
HOT BIKE Editor’s Choice Award: Michael Uriarte -DYNA – Dirt Bag Baggers
SHO DOG Award: Michael Uriarte, Dirt Bag Baggers – The Leatherworks SOLO BAG
K&N AWARD: Mark Shell Bonneville Customs, 2015 Custom Chopper 96” Shovel
People’s Choice: Tom Day, 1976 Triumph built by David Bird
Best Chopper/Bobber: Go Takamine 1940 Indian Scout, 1940 Indian Chief engine, 1927 Sport Scout Frame, fabricated tank, oil tank, pipes, handlebars
Best Bagger: Doug Ide of Ide Innovations with Rising Sun
Best DYNA / FXR: Michael Uriarte -DYNA – Dirt Bag Baggers – This bike was disassembled on Thursday… Took them a day to button it up.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition, featuring more than 350 motorcycles and $100,000 in cash and prizes across the IMS Tour. Professional and amateur builders compete at their local IMS for cash, prizes, recognition and a chance to move-on to the Championship Round in Chicago – where $70,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs!
– Modified Harley presented by Harley-Davidson
– Modified Retro
– Custom Street