Ultimate Builder San Mateo: Walker burns midnight oil

Publish Date: 
Jan 23, 2014

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms finished his bike at 1 a.m. the day of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show Oct. 25-27, and then rode hell for leather to get it there, according to Jeff Najar of Biker Pros.

Walker's efforts were rewarded with first place in the freestyle class. The Ultimate Builder competition is managed for the Motorcycle Shows by Bob Kay and Najar.

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

FreeStyle Class

First Place: Walker built the bike for his painter, Kal Koncepts, with a custom springer and tank built into the frame. The engine is a 1984 Harley-Davidson, 84ci EVO polished with a SIK Mag. The bike was so new that it had not yet been named.

Second Place: Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios with "Widowmaker," a 2007 custom.

Third Place: Jose Contreraswith his 2013 Chopper Pro Street.


Modified Harley Class

First Place: Jim Carducci, a Harley and dual-sport guy, entering a dual-sport 2003 Harley Sportster featuring a NRHS 1250 Kit, Andrews and N4 Cams. The first-place effort includes a hand-formed aluminum gas tank, Ohlins suspension, custom triple clamps and custom swingarm.

Second Place: Casey Johnson of Headcase Kustom Art  with "US versus THEM," a 1995 Sportster.

Third Place: Roger Vaughn with "King of Kings," a 2001 Road King.


Retro Modified Class                           

First Place: Paul Ponkow's "Bones Legacy" is the result of a meeting between two old-school chopper lovers. Ponkow revealed his latest NORCAL Digger called "Black Rainbow" and took the win. It features paint by Sonny Boy. Engine mods include a MAP Belt Drive, Kibbelwhite valves, Morris Mageto and SRM oil system. The frame is a stretched hand-made gooseneck molded and smoothed throughout. The vehicle includes a handmade tail light, pipes, oil tank, bars and pegs.

Second Place: Chris Carter with "Falcone," a 1951 Moto Guzzi.

Third Place: Dana Miccer and Mutt Hallam for "Hummer," a 1960 H-D Super Ten.


Performance Custom Class

First Place: TPJ Customs is a complete fabrication shop in Northern California. They build show bikes that are tough enough to stand up to everyday abuse but are unique and custom so they also look great on show bikes. Bryan Schmike rolled his TPJ Mabel onto the show floor; the first thing you notice is the minimal nature of the bike, Najar said. Just about every piece of the big twin, which won first place, is handmade by the shop.

Second Place: Shelby Thompson of AFT Customs with "Sentoh," a 2011 Honda CB 836CR.


Modified Street

First Place: Ric Escobedo with his 2007 Honda Repsol CBR 1000RR. It features a custom subframe and custom rear tail, and the engine has a EDR Super Sport Buildup.

Second Place: West Coast Hydrographix with "Kandee," a 2006 Yamaha R6.

Third Place: Superbike Coach with MotoGP Project Bike, a 2006 Yamaha YZFR1.


The SHO DOG award, presented to the builder that stays at the show and interacts with enthusiasts about their bike, company and lifestyle, was presented to Gino Ilacqua, who won a Garage Leathers custom solo bag for his effort. Casey Johnson of Headcase Kustom Art won the People's Choice award for his custom Sportster.