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.

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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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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Results from Willie’s Chopper Time Show

Tropical_Tattoo_02-15Ahh, 2015 Daytona Bike Week. One of the hightlights from the weeklong rally is the Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Time Old School Chopper Show.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. professional and garage builders showcase their rolling works of art. The chopper show is in cooperation with The Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine. 

The show has grown to be a virtual extravaganza incliding guest tattoo artists, live bands, plenty of adult drinks, vendors, hotty bar girls and if that’s not enough, the bikes in the parking lot are just as cool!
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Carl Pusser is Walking Tall with his J&P Cycle Ultimate Builder National Championship

Carl Pusser - US National Champion

US National Champion

Winter Storm Neptune brought a swath of snow, high winds and dangerously cold temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast on Valentine’s weekend. Along with the snow, 60 sizzling hot motorcycles lined up at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and competed at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.

Record crowds braved the cold and icy conditions and descended on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center outside of Chicago O’Hare International Airport to view the custom bikes and the latest motorcycle releases from the major motorcycle manufacturers. [Read more…]

Baggers Kill It @ 2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder in MN

Warm Weather During Ultimate Builder

Warm Weather During Ultimate Builder

The Minneapolis edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show hit town on Friday, February 6th with the weather so warm that builders were pushing their bikes in with their short sleeves on.

Who knew these crazy Minnesotans would think 34 degrees would be considered warm?

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Ultimate Builder Results: 2015 Cleveland

2015 Cleveland Show

2015 Cleveland Show

The Cleveland edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show shifted into gear Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1, 2015. The Ultimate Builder is located on the red carpet between the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Show.

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2015 Ultimate Builder Results: Dallas

2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

Bike Show in Big D

The most bikes, the greatest diversity, and the most big wheel baggers in one show describes the 2015 edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Dallas. Over 40 bikes rolled into the friendly confines on Friday, January 23, 2015.

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Results: 2015 Miami Ultimate Builder

Thursday night at Miami Beach

Thursday night in Miami Beach

By Jeff Najar
The jet touched down at 7PM on Thursday at the Miami Beach airport. I grabbed a cab for the Cadillac Courtyard by Marriott in North Beach, Florida. In 40 minutes I was sitting pool side with a glass of Jack listening to waves crash the surf in high 70 degree weather. Ahh, nothing better than the warmth of South Florida.

The first thing Friday morning I clicked on FOX News. They had co-anchors that looked like Barbie twins. The only way to tell them apart was one was blonde and the other brunette. The Teflon news babes were bright and shiny and read the news like a red carpet update from Hollywood. The weather girl wore a short hoochie-momma dress that accented her ample posterior and hour glass figure. South Florida has a certain feel all to its own. [Read more…]

2015 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder: DC Results

2015 Washington DC J&P Cycles' Ultimate Builder

2015 DC Ultimate Builders

Washington DC in January is cold, blustery and icy. And the weather is bad too.

But inside the facilities of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center it was hot with ground-up custom Choppers to monster wheel CanAm Spyder trikes. The DC Show had a little bit of everyting. Extended wheel ‘busas, choppers, bobbers, Cafe’ racers, Baggers, Groms and even charity bkes.

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Egging takes 1st in Retro MOD in Seattle

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner:

Aaron Egging’s ’73 Bonny

Aaron Egging takes 1st in Retro MOD at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Show. Interest in Aaron Egging’s ’73 Bonny was intense. Enthusiasts and builders both circled the build.

Gleaming in the lights of Seattle’s Cathedral of Cool sat a 1973, robin egg blue Triumph Bonneville Bobber, highlighted with gold striping. Its chrome and paint glowed from unnumbered hours of polishing.

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