The Cowboy builds a 10K Chopper & Wins J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder in NYC

The Cowboy Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications builds a 10K Chopper and then takes his sled to NYC  Wins the NYC edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder.

They are known for creating unique styles with their parts and fabrication. They specialize in modifying HD Softails. You may have seen them in American Iron Magazine, Cycle Source, Iron Works, Vtwin, Easyrider, Freeway & many others.

 We asked the Cowboy a few questions:

  • What’s your style
  • How did you get so much out of such a small investment
  • What makes a winning bike
  • What did you think of the NYC show
  • What are the Texas trends / How do they differ from East Coast / West Coast
  • Tell us about your next custom build



Cowboy Kyle wins J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder in NYC


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History of Lowbrow Customs Motorcycle Co.

Team Lowbrow

History of Lowbrow Customs

How did Lowbrow Customs come together? Tyler Malinky tells how his Sportster empire came together.

By Tyler Malinky

Back in the early 2000’s I was riding my 1970 Triumph, my first motorcycle, and learning to work on it. I rebuilt the top end of the engine, and later rebuilt the entire engine and customized the bike. Through all of this I was trying to find parts and information on vintage motorcycles and choppers with limited success. [Read more…]

Waffle House for Christmas – Obviously, I’d been bad this year

Golden brown waffles

A friend of mine had this to say about Waffle House. He said that he had read that Waffle House had decided to go up-market and was looking to create a better environment and better tasting food.

Waffle House for Christmas – And since it was Christmas and two Waffle Houses had recently opened and since it was the only thing open except gas stations, he decided to give one a try… his thoughts: “It’s much worse than I remember it.” [Read more…]

Custom Fit Ape Hangers on a 1995 Dyna

LA Choppers 5 degree angled riser bushing kit

LA Choppers 5 degree Angled Riser Bushing Kit

A customer rolled into Widowmaker Custom Design and Repair in Rougemont, NC complaining about his reach to the handlebars.

His Ape Hangers were a little too far to reach and made it disconcerting while running through the mountain passes and switchbacks in the local Appalachian Mountains.
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Gilby talks Gibzilla on the Pod-E

Gilbzilla, named for Godzilla

Listen to Pat talk with Gilby about his latest custom 10 foot long sled, Gibzilla on the Pod-E.

Gilbzilla is a 2005 Harley-Davidson Custom 2-wheel hot rod built just a few months ago. Gibzilla features 100+ handmade parts, two Weber carbs, two blowers, gas tanks tucked into the rear fender, 3″ open belt with HD transmission, chain drive to the rear wheel. This bike screams power and hot rod with style and functionality.

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2017 Minneapolis J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Results

Winner FreeStyle

1st Place – FreeStyle

Dec 8-10, 2017 Results
By Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner, Producers of Custom Motorcycle Shows

Do you know why there is so much diversity and high-level customs in the Minneapolis edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows? There is just nothing to do but build something in the Winter. You certainly are NOT going to ride in 10 below.

It was bitter cold outside but toasty in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The following 8 builders have qualified for the Championship in FEBRUARY 09 – 11, 2018 to complete for $70,000 in cash and prizes.

FreeStyle – 2017 Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Results

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Results from New York J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

Results from New York J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Dec 1-3, 2017 Results
By Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner, Producers of Custom Motorcycle Shows

FreeStyle – Results from New York J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder 

The Cowboy flew into town with his honey because Chris Callen, editor of Cycle Source Magazine and producer of Grease + Gears, snatched up his latest custom and brought it to NYC as he made his cross country trek from the Long Beach show to the New York show.

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Imogen Rolls with the Great Frog Los Angles

Imogen Lehtonen

I met Imogen on a Photo Shoot

by Jeff Najar

She Rides Anything on Two Wheels

Imogen Lehtonen is a family member of the founders of the legendary jewelry company, Great Frog London.

The Great Frog has been hand making epic jewelry out of their basement in London since 1972. Legends like Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Metallica, Slash, Aerosmith and more wear their pieces.

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The Cry for Quiet: Noise Nazis @ Our Door

The Cry for Quiet: Noise Nazis @ Our Door

Aftermarket Exhaust

The Fight For Sound

Today’s auto manufacturers do all they can to insulate the driver from the noise that is coincidental with the act of driving. Add stereos, texting, cell phones, tinted windows, and visibility as well as attention is diminished. Even though it hasn’t been scientifically proven, it’s rational that ‘loud pipes save lives.’

Noise Free America and Ted Rueter want noise laws to be enforced. [Read more…]

Jeff Holt’s Builder Party + Results from LB Ultimate Builder

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show kicked off at the Jeff Holt Builder Reception at the HQ on Friday night. Bikernet, the largest online custom bike magazine, opened their doors to the industry and treated guests to tours and killer tacos.

The industry party included builders, manufacturers and dealers in the Powersports Industry.

Nov 17-19, 2017 Results J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows

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2017 Ultimate Builder Long Beach Results

It’s always a surprise at the kick off of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder series in SOCAL because of the diversity of the builders at the Long Beach show. And this year it was even more so. Builders came from as far as Dallas, TX to show off their creation.

Multiple ground up builds, Triumphs, Indians, Softails, DYNAS, Baggers were all under the spot light and  were competing at the friendly confines at the Long Beach Convention Center.

2017 Ultimate Builder Long Beach Results

2017 Ultimate Builder Long Beach Results

Custom Street Class Winner

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2 Bikers Find Love and Passion at SEMA

Atomic Bob & Pat Jansen Goes to SEMA

Atomic Bob & Pat Jansen Goes to SEMA

Atomic Bob & Pat Jansen Talk SEMA on the POD-E

Atomic Bob and Pat Jansen head out to SEMA with one working the show and one bringing out a show truck.

Good times? Oh yeah. The boys met their heros and hung out with the cool kids. – ed

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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