Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show - Hot Bike Magazine
The Hanford, California native, Dalton Walker, started customizing when he was 14. That seed has produced fruit as the Californian walked away with the trophy for 1st place in the FreeStyle class at the 2011 edition of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo, CA. His bike, 2011 Split Image Kustoms (SIK), sports a 1946 Shovel/Knuckle mil, Burkhardt Magneto, one-off frame, custom forks, wheels, sheet metal, seat, exhaust, sissy bar, cloth wiring, internal throttle and aluminum oil tank. The hand-built bike required 9 months to fabricate. Jim Giuffra pulled a 2nd place with his Café-style CB836CR Honda Sentoh. Rickey Bedford pulled a strong 3rd place finish with his innovative motorcycle that allows you to reskin it with a different style of bike in a matter of minutes.
SSB Performance Custom
ASUMATI, the SSB Performance Custom class winner in San Mateo, CA., was designed by Jim Giuffra, owner of AFT Customs, for Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel and built by the AFT Models. ASUMATI translated from Miwuk means grizzly bear, the monarch of the forest. The bike started out as a Honda VT750ST and evolved into a 750cc Honda Street Tracker-style custom bike with race inspired suspension, Supermoto handlebars, and HIPO engine upgrades. The AFT Models do about 70% of the work. These ladies weld, lace wheels, fabricate, and race. Taking 2nd place was Javon Samonte with his custom 2004 Yamaha R1 LE. Completing the podium was Liam Shubert taking 3rd with his 1996 Honda CBR900RR called Darth Blader.
Retro Mod Class
The Retro Mod Class is new this year to the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios is the first builder to win the class with Sacred, a Johnny Chop Tribute bike. It sports a Harley-Davidson 80ci mil that is fully polished and engraved. The custom is set in a Bobber chassis with a pinched tail section and sports split rockers. Coming in a close 2nd was Reza Gohary of Underground Bobbers with the bike Personal Identity. Michael Cooper took 3rd place with his BSA B54 custom bike.
Hot Bike Mod Harley Class
Last year the Mod Harley Class was the most tightly contended in the series. This year the class started out the same way with just a few votes determining the class winner. Taking 1st place in San Mateo was Roger Vaughn’s King of Kings’ 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King. It sports a 124ci engine with paint by James Dean, custom wheels, Sony PS2 and Nintendo Wii. The Loot, Mike Mileham’s 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic, took 2nd place with last year’s winner, Dan Stern, taking 3rd with Touring Thunder, a 2007 Harley-Davidson FLTR.
Builders of choppers, bobbers, cruisers, custom bikes and sportbikes are invited to enter their motorcycles into the competition and judge each other’s work. There are 11 individual rounds of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show nationwide and a National Championship in Daytona.
12 City Custom Bike Tour - $90,000 in Cash Awards
At the end of the 12 city tour the Ultimate Builder will award $90,000 in cash and expose builders to over 600,000 motorcycle enthusiasts. No other competition will offer this much exposure to custom bike builders or a chance to become the definitive American Champion of custom bike building.
The granddaddy of all bike shows, the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, is affiliated with the IMS Ultimate Custom Bike Competitions. Winners of the UBCBS Series receive a fee-free entry into the 9th annual World Championship in Sturgis.
The Ultimate Builder contains 4 classes including FreeStyle, Modified Harley, Retro Mod and Performance Custom. All makes, models, designs and manufacturers are welcomed to participate.
Space at each Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show competition is limited. Builders should log on to or call Biker Pros at 919-886-5075 for details.
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