Ultimate Builder Novi: Bad roads but great bikes draw big crowds

Publish Date: 
Jan 24, 2014

NOVI, Mich. - Roads were so bad for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in early January that a 20-minute ride from the airport took 90 minutes in weather that included "thunder snow." But the halls were packed, due in part to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.

The Ultimate Builder competition is managed for the Motorcycle Shows by Bob Kay and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros.

All participating builders took home a J&P T-shirt and helmet bag. People’s Choice winner was “Bone Dragger” from Keith Lafer of Classic and Exotic, who won a Bell Custom 500 helmet. The top 15 winners won a HelmetLok and a Metal Rescue product. Shannon Best won the SHO DOG award and received a Rocking K Leather custom chain wallet, and Evan Edwards of Plymouth Cycle and Speed took home a Garage Leathers’ solo bag.

See all the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show winners here.

FreeStyle Class

First Place: Ron Harris of Chop Docs rolled in "Ol’ 48,"  a white with clear-coat copper accents. It's a 2013 Board Tracker that features a 95-inch Pan/Twincam with two front cylinder heads and a pan top end. It’s all hand-crafted with an old-school Hurst pistol grip jockey shift.



Second Place: Warren Perkins of Conspiracy Cycle Works with "Mentally Impaled," a 2008 Bobber.


Third place: Keith Lafer of Classic and Exotic for "Bone Dragger," a 2012 Chopper.




Modified Harley Class

First Place: Hoosier Daddy Chopper’s "Firehouse Racer" features a Harley-Davidson 96 CI Twincam engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tipped with 1920s fire hose brass nozzles, S&S Carb and Ultima 2-inch belt drive.

Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers tail light. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.



Second place: Jim Robertson of Native Custom Baggers for his 2006 Road Glide.



Third Place: Jody Jenson of Reflections with "Gold Pride," a 2006 Softail.

Retro Modified Class

First Place: Wendell Turner of Turners Cycle Shop brought in "Hung Low," a 1981 custom Sportster. The bike features a 1000cc Ironhead overhead-valve engine with cast iron heads and a hand-built drop seat 6-inch stretch hardtail. Paint by Chop Docs Choppers.


Second Place: Gary Maurer of Kustoms Inc. with "Tri Finch It," a 1972 Triumph.


Third place: Chop Docs Choppers for "Horizontal Harry," a 1968 XLCH.

Performance Custom Class

First Place: Shannon Best’s "Ronin" is a family project, with his son and daughter adding their elbow grease to make their 1987 Yamaha FZR 1000 stand out. The bike has been lowered and stretched 6 inches with handmade and polished parts. The 1000cc mil includes a short exhaust and port and polished heads.



Second Place: Matt Sproull with a 2007 Honda CBR 1000R.


Third place: Mike Gee of Dave Bowman Inc. for his 1985 Yamaha TRI-Z 250.



Modified Street Class

First Place: Tony Cho and Dave Bowman showed off their slick 1975 Honda CB-400F. The café racer features a custom seat cowl, aluminum Excel wheel, and retro paint from Steve Stroud. The engine has been pumped using a Yoshimura big bore kit to 480cc.



Second place: Golgotha Performance Cycle for "Vision," a 1984 Virago.


Third Place: Ralph Spencer of Shoemaker Vintage Moto with "Manx Titan," a 1971 Suzuki T500.