INDY LIVE 2012: Builders competing for top prizes in bike show

Publish Date: 
Feb 16, 2012

You may have noticed all the blinding chrome, mind-boggling paint, and tricked-out metal on display at the entrance to the American V-Twin Dealer Show. More than 30 customs, built by some of the finest fabricators the V-Twin industry has to offer, have been assembled. It’s the Ultimate Dealer Bike Show presented by American Iron Magazine.

Coordinated and run by Bob Kay and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros, the same guys who run the nationwide Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show competition for the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, the Ultimate Dealer Bike Show presented by American Iron Magazine is open to dealers only. That means you can expect to see the latest technology, newest components, and finest craftsmanship the industry has to offer, all assembled in a single locale.

It’s a showcase of skill and ingenuity, and with prizes worth $16,000 and a spread in the world’s best selling Harley-Davidson magazine on the line, things could get heated in a hurry.

“This is the first time a custom bike competition of this caliber has taken place as part of Dealer Expo,” Kay says. “Some of these bikes will be shown for the first time ever. It’s an amazing opportunity for industry leaders to see the latest custom design trends up close.”

The entrants run the gamut from industry vets to upstarts. On display are bikes from: Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs; Kurt Peterson, Sumo-X; Steve Broyles from Stevenson Cycles; Robert Gallo of Detroit Choppers; Jesse Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers; Chris Callen of Flat Broke Customs; Kyle Shorey, Shadetree Fabrications; and Eric Gorges from VooDoo Choppers, among others.

Judges include Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises; Randy Aron of Cycle Visions; Gunnar Heinemeyer of Custom Chrome; and Jeff Starke and Joe DiStefano of the International Master Bike Builders Association. — Jon Langston, American Iron Magazine

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