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2018 Ultimate Builder Winners

Chicago Round--Hang On

by Jeffrey Najar

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Results from the Chicago edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

The weekend started with snow and it ended with snow. You would think that bad weather would reduce the number of custom bikes in the show but the allure of $70,000 in cash and prizes delivered over 85 custom sleds.

The Chicago round produced 8 customs transferring to the National Championship. The custom bikes came from as far away as Texas, New York and California.

The following are the Chicago winners that transferred to the national championship:

Chicago Round Ultimate Builder

Chicago Round - Custom Street Winner

Custom Street Winner

Winner – #450 – Juan Rodriguez, JR Customs – 2004 Hayabusa

 Runner-up – #550 – Angel Perez, Motorcycle Mania – 2007 Yamaha Warrior

Chicago Round Ultimate Builder

MOD Retro Winner

MOD Retro Winner

Winner – #725 – Adam Karns, Karns Kustoms – 1974 XLCH

Runner-up – #1850 – Patricia Bonk – 1963 Harley-Davidson Hummer

MOD HARLEY CLASS – Chicago Round Ultimate Builder

MOD Harley Winner

MOD Harley Winner

Winner – #1675 – DA Performance – 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic


Runner-up – #300 – Backbone Built Bikes – Party Crasher – 2001 HD Softail


FREESTYLE CLASS – Chicago Round Ultimate Builder

FreeStyle WInner

FreeStyle WInner

Winner – #900 –
Carl Pusser, Walking Tall Customs – The Amethyst 1977 Triumph


Runner-up – #1700 – Chris Moos – DYNOT, 2018 Harley-Davidson DYNA

Tortilla Awards:

Best Paint – #2050 –
Niki Martin, Roy’s Toys Customs – Custom Chopper

Innovative Innovator – #375 –
BVC Leaning Trike – Razor on Wheels

Kooky, Crazy & Out of the box – #325 – 2002 Buell Blast – Frankenstein

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!


– Freestyle

– Modified Harley

– Modified Retro

– Custom Street

Additional Awards

Good times at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

“The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is one of the most competitive events in the custom motorcycle building industry, and every year we are amazed at the craftsmanship, time and hard work that goes into the entries in each city,” said Jeff Najar, producer, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.

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