Make Money at Custom Bike Shows

How to make Custom Bike Shows Pay

How to make Custom Bike Shows Pay

Builders have asked “How do you make a custom show pay for itself” and I have a few hacks to share with you:

1. Promote your participation at IMS via social media – (we’ve had enthusiasts come 2 states away to see bikes) — Use the IMS hashtags including #RidersUnite

2. Take a rag and always polish your bike – enthusiasts will come up and ask you if you are the owner

3. Make sure you have business cards and literature (make sure your handouts are current) [Read more…]

Cowboy Kyle Wins J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder in NYC

Results from 2017 New York J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

Winner FreeStyle

2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder NY – on the Sin-Central Pod-E

Cowboy Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications wins J&P Cycle Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the packed competition located in the Javits Center in New York City.

Shadetree Fabrications is a custom motorcycle shop out of Dallas, Ft Worth that specializes in custom Harley-Davidson Softails. We have developed a line of parts specifically for older and newer model Softails.

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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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