It’s Hot in Cleveland with a BMW Bobber Taking the Win

Cleveland had killer sleds from The Gas Box, Hoosier Daddy Choppers and Steele Kustoms to name a few. The Ultimate Builder hosted a healthy combination of Joes vs Pros motorbikes with the builders selecting the money winners through peer to peer judging.

The Money Awards

FreeStyle Ultimate Builder Class

FreeStyle Winner

FreeStyle Winner

The star of the show was The Gas Box as they took their third FreeStyle win in as many years. Jesse Bassett, the owner of The Gas Box, is a Gen Next builder savant from the Buckeye state. He has won with a BSA, Indian and now a BMW Boxer Bobber. The common denominator in his builds? They are freak’n cool. The bike features a custom made frame and sheet metal in a rigid frame. The 1983 mil sports 800cc and weber carbs.

Class Winner

Class Winner

  1. Jesse Bassett, The Gas Box – 1983 BMW
  2. Dennis Benefield, Dave Perewitz – Doubletake, 2009 Bobber
  3. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – Grand Master, ’05 Steele Kustom

MOD Harley Ultimate Builder Class

MOD Harley Winner

MOD Harley Winner

The Hoosier Daddy Chopper’s Firehouse Racer features a Harley-Davidson 96 CI Twincam engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tipped with 1920′s fire hose brass nozzles, S&S Carb and Ultima 2in belt drive. Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers tail light. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.

Class Winner

Class Winner

  1. Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Chopper – Firehouse Racer, ’13 Boardtracker
  2. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – HoneyBagger, ’06 HD RoadGlide
  3. Sean Cortmilia, Afterlife Cycles – Sinister, ’77 H-D Sportster

Retro Mod Ultimate Builder Class

Retro MOD Winner

Retro MOD Winner

Bill Steele splits his time between Hot Rods and Hot Bikes and it shows as he creates some killer builds. Blue Baller is a Pan Shovel that features a smoothed chassis, foot clutch, jockey shift and a rebuilt and powder coated engine. The bike just looks right. As the feature that delivers the impact is Bill’s outstanding paint job… Bellissimo!

Class Winner

Class Winner

  1. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – Blue Baller, ’13 Steele Kustom
  2. Stuat Lecht, Tuff-N Nuff – Tuff-N Nuff, ’80 Kawasaki
  3. Steven Huckabee – Kawasaki, ’78 ZR1 1000

Performance Custom Ultimate Builder Class

Performance Custom Winner

Performance Custom Winner

Perry Paugh rolled his prostock drag bike, Kanji, into the I-X Center and rolled it out with $1,000 in his pocket. The 2004 Suzuki GSX 1300 features a TruTrac T4 Prostock frame, turbo and auto shift.

Class Winner

Class Winner

  1. Perry Paugh, DOUGHERTY’S M/C – Kanji,  2004 Suzuki GSX 1300
  2. Doug Horner, VMC Racing Frames – ’42 Indian Sprt Scout
  3. Joe Colon, Zach Suydam – Skull Busa, 2000 Hayabusa

MOD Street Ultimate Builder Class

MOD Street Winner

MOD Street Winner

Thomas Foulds from Working Class Choppers won MOD Street with Jizzeppi, his 1982  Suzuki  GS450. The bike includes new under tail frame and swing arm converted into mono shock. Special features include copper accents, with copper controls and rear controls.
Class Winner

Class Winner

  1. Thomas Foulds, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, ’82  Suzuki  GS450
  2. Frank Natoli, Northern Ohio Ducatin & Triumph – Bellissima, ’10 Ducati GT1000
  3. Micheal Sumaker, Cleveland Motorcycles – Blue, ’12 Cleveland Cyclewerks Heist

The Fun Awards

People’s Choice and the Hashtag Hustler were won by Gary Savill of Silver Wraith Choppers.

People's Choice Winner

People’s Choice Winner

Hashtag Hustler Winner

Hashtag Hustler Winner

The Hashtag Hustler is a new award with the builder winning a J&P Cycles $150 gift certificate for the best picture shot at the show using the using the #jpultimatebuilder hashtag.

SHO DOG Awards: John Klimo of Cuyahoga Valley Custom Cycles and Choppers takes the Rocking K Custom Leather’s chain wallet and Working Class Choppers takes the Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag. All award winners will receive a swag bag of Metal Rescue.

rocking K Leather Winner

Rocking K Custom Leather Winner

GarageLeathers' Solo Bag

Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag

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