Long Beach Results: 2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

It’s just a few days before Thanksgiving and it’s snowing in the East and Midwest but in Los Angeles its 76 degrees with blue skies and warm breezes. Forty nine bikes rolled into the Long Beach, CA edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show to complete in 4 categories and 4 special awards.

The Sho Dog is the award for the hardest working builder during the 3 days at the show. Jim Carducci worked the entire weekend showcasing his hi-tech adventure Sportster and won a solo bag from The Leatherworks. The People’s Choice award went to Calin Senciac of Imagine Vehicles International with a radical Moto Guzzi. For the 2nd year in a row he walked away with a Custom Bell lid. [Read more…]

Sacramento Results: 2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

2015 Ultimate Builders from Sacramento

2015 Ultimate Builders from Sacramento

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show circus made its second stop in the capital city of California at the 350 acre Cal Expo facility located just East of downtown Sacramento.

Motorcycle enthusiasts were treated to stunt shows, Supermoto racing, demo rides, the latest production motorcycles and the killer custom bikes from the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show competition.

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Portland Results from 2015 Ultimate Builder

Shaun and family win big in Portland

Shaun and family win big in Portland

The weekend rain, drizzle and flooding didn’t let up until Sunday afternoon and even though mother nature was on a rampage, it didn’t stop the local Portland, OR motorcycle enthusiasts from attending the kick off of the new 2015 – 2016 season of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is positioned right in front of the main entrance of the hall and are the first thing you see as you enter the convention center.

Throughout the 10 show series approximately 400,000 enthusiasts will see the custom bikes. The total cash and prize package for the series is $100,000. The Chicago round will host the US Championship and will provide $50,000 in cash and awards. Sponsors include J&P Cycles, Harley-Davidson, Progressive Insurance, Bell Helmets, Speakeasy, The Leatherworks and 5 Ball Leathers. [Read more…]

Harleigh Cupp Shoots 7 for her Dad

by J. Najar
I met Harleigh Cupp at the 2015 Customization in America (CIA) OC Bikefest Custom Bike Show. The show provides a mix of national and regional builders in a slugfest of the top FreeStyle and Retro Mod builders. I asked her to shoot and she shot pics of the bikes, awards ceremony and then sent a few from a shoot she did with the champ.

The inspiration behind this build was all about building a race machine that is reminiscent of an vintage racer, whilst still respecting the craftsmanship and skill of the old days. It’s a fusion of past and present, and better still, it’s a fusion of more than a few classic machines.

The “Seven” is a remarkable motorcycle and the final result of two years’ worth of hard work. If you want to see it in person, get on your bike and head over to AIMExpo.

Michele Smith Sells G Strings @ OC Bikefest

Michele Smith on the road with lingerie

Michele Smith on the road with lingerie

Former host of “American Thunder” and “Two Wheel Thunder” Michele Smith continues to travel the motorcycle circuit with her line of lingerie that she designed and patented called “Jeweled Gs.”

“It’s a necklace and a G string all in one,” said Michele.

Jeweled Gs is a combination G-string with jewelry that can be detached from the panty and worn as a necklace. Michele even has a utility patent on the G-string.

In addition to her lingerie line she has an eye catching collection of crystal-covered motorcycle helmets.

“I thought the biker community could use something a little different than the usual items that you see at most of the events and the G Strings are small enough to fit in your pocket or your motorcycle bags. When you wear one of my helmets the sunlight dances off the crystals and they look beautiful riding down the road!”

Smith still enjoys meeting and greeting old fans and making new friends in her travels . She has been very lucky and blessed to be welcomed by so many into the motorcycle community for many years and will continue to be a fixture for as long as the biker culture will have her.

About Michele Smith
Michele is an American actress and model, most commonly known as the hostess on the TV series American Thunder. She has also been featured in magazines including Playboy, Muscle and Fitness, Swimwear USA, Swimwear International, Neue Revue, Wild Motorcycles, Full Throttle, V-Twin, Hot Rod, Easyriders, and Iron Works. In addition to modeling, she designs women’s clothing and lingerie, especially for the motorcycle market

Atomic Bob works the CIA Custom Bike Show @ OC Bikefest

Pinstriping a leather vest

Pinstriping a leather vest

Atomic Bob is part of the Craftsman showcase of the CIA Custom Bike Show that features Customs & Craftsman.

Atomic Bob has mentioned that the goal of pinstriping is to enhance the curves of the surface, and the lines are generally of a complementary color. While at the 3 day show the “Atomic One” striped motorcycles, trikes, hats, leather bands and 5 Ball Leather vests. [Read more…]

Celebrity Scott Jacobs @ 2015 OC Bikefest

Creating a photorealistic style

Creating a photorealistic style

Since its inception a half decade ago, OC Bikefest has emerged as one of the favorite fall events in Ocean City, MD. The culmination of the larger Delmarva Bike Week, Bikefest brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiast to the beach for one last weekend long rally.

One of the many exhibits during the Sept. 17-20 event is the work of Scott Jacobs, the first officially licensed artist under the Harley-Davidson name. This is the second year Jacobs will appear there in person.

In 1989, his wife, Sharon, gave him an easel, canvases and paints as a Christmas gift. Jacobs began painting and displaying his work in his own galleries under the assumed name Escotete. Based on client feedback, he concentrated on creating work in a photorealistic style. In 1993, a short time after painting two pieces “Fat Boy” and “Live to Ride,” which featured Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Jacobs’ work was seen by the motorcycle manufacturer. Harley-Davidson signed Jacobs as its first officially licensed artist in its fine art program, a position he continues to hold.

Jacobs is known for his photorealistic style and meticulous attention to detail, regardless if he is working on a picture of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, classic car, fine bottle of wine or a delicate flower covered in dew.

Last Roar of the Summer: CIA Custom Bike Show Results @ OC Bikefest

Harleigh Cupp our new shooter at OC Bikefest

Harleigh Cupp is our new shooter at OC Bikefest

Since its inception a half decade ago, OC Bikefest has emerged as one of the favorite fall events in Ocean City, MD. Popular among the motorcycle enthusiasts is the Customization in America (CIA) OC Bikefest Custom Bike Show. It provides a mix of national and regional builders in a slugfest of the top FreeStyle and Retro Mod builders.
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Carl Pusser, Zinger, Dell Battle & Dustin Hanson Win @ H-D Museum

James & Katie Washnok kickoff the rally at the Museum

James & Katie Washnok kickoff the rally at the Museum

There are two custom shows, the Pro Invitational Custom Bike Show, for those who customize motorcycles for a living, and the Ride-In-Show, featuring the most serious garage tinkerers who roll into town.

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J&P Cycles on the Move

J&P Cycles is leaving northeast Iowa and heading to Texas

J&P Cycles is leaving northeast Iowa and heading to Texas

ANAMOSA, Iowa – J&P Cycles, the V-twin-focused retail business of the Motorsports Aftermarket Group, said it is leaving northeast Iowa but might leave a retail store somewhere in the area.

The nearby National Motorcycle Museum, a separate organization from J&P, will stay at its current location.
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It’s the Largest Evel Knievel Collection in the World!

Evel Kenievel Collection

Evel Knievel Collection

Unveiled during Moto GP at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, April 10-12—Witness the Evel-ution of the world’s most notorious daredevil

Austin, TX— It’s the largest Evel Knievel collection ever assembled, a collection of such massive proportions it’s more complete than the daredevil himself ever amassed in one place!

Get a first-hand look at the most comprehensive and authentic collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia in the world, on display for the first time in its entirety at Moto GP in Austin, TX, April 10-12.

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Bikernet’s Editor’s Choice Award

– Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner

Bernie "Warrior" Tatro Sitting Proud

Bernie “Warrior” Tatro Sitting Proud

Even though Keith “Bandit” Ball, Publisher of Bikernet.com, wasn’t in attendance at the 74th Edition of the Daytona Beach Bikeweek, Bikernet was one of the magazines represented at the Editor’s Choice Award sponsored by the Broken Spoke Saloon.

As I made my way around the editors including Marilyn Stemp, Shadow, Chris Callen, Chris Maida and numerous others, I notice that there wasn’t anyone from Bikernet.

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