The 2019/2020 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS) Championship came to a crescendo at the final IMS in Chicago on February 9 with Minneapolis-based Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style taking home the U.S. Champion title for his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead - the bike with which he scooped 8th place in the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
|Freestyle Winner: Selected as the U.S. Champion, Minneapolis-based Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style with painter Relic Kustoms
"Hundreds of custom builders competed across this year's tour for the chance to compete in the championship round with the winners across each category from all eight cities along the 2019/2020 tour - Long Beach, New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., Denver, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago - all entered into the championship round, where winners were then selected by a panel of industry experts and awarded tens of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise."
Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors won the Custom Classic category, Chuck Conrick of DA Performance won best for Custom Street, and Jordan Dickinson won for Freestyle.
"Celebrating its tenth consecutive year shining a spotlight on the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles across the nation, UBCBS is the largest and one of the most sought-after custom bike competitions in the country." Described by the organizers as an "elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition" it features hundreds of "intricately built custom motorcycles" across the eight-city IMS tour.
The UBCBS is sponsored by J&P Cycles, the world's largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories store. "The competition has supported IMS' commitment to fostering garage builders while continuing to entertain, educate and thrill all two-wheel enthusiasts since 2012," during which time it has showcased over 3,000 custom builds.
"I am honored to be named the U.S. Champion by the builder community," said Jordan Dickinson. "I hope to inspire others to get out there and start building themselves."
"The sheer talent displayed throughout the entire competition has been extremely impressive. From the creative and eye-catching builds to the most ingenious uses of unconventional parts, this year's 2019/2020 competition builders should be proud of their work," said Bob Kay, Director of UBCBS.
"I am proud to recognize Jordan Dickinson as this year's U.S. Champion for his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead that clearly demonstrates the combined technical and aesthetic craftsmanship of custom building that excited and inspired the judges."
The winners of the championship round of the 2019/2020 UBCBS are as follows:
Winner: New York-based Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors with painter Taylored Auto Body won first place with a 1991 BMW R100RT. The café racer custom motorcycle features a stainless steel exhaust through a handmade custom tail section, a stripped frame, CAN bus wiring, Bluetooth proximity key ignition, a seat by Fish Bros., and more.
Runner-up: Chicago-based Jake Shellito with painter Dan White was selected as runner-up with a 1974 Yamaha RD350. The motorcycle features a handmade oil tank and tail section, a Yamaha R5 fuel tank, handmade signals and brake lights, hand fabricated foot controls, a shaped and upholstered seat, machined and powder-coated engine side covers, and more.
Winner: Chicago-based Chuck Conrick of DA Performance with painter NSD Paintwerks won first place with a 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHXS. The custom motorcycle features a custom stainless steel frame, aluminum swingarm, a 124 inch M-8 engine generating 148 horsepower, Hyabusa front end, carbon fiber wheels and Beringer radial brakes.
Runner-up: Denver-based Garett Wilson of DubStyle Designs with painter Dan White was selected as runner-up with a 2000 KTM Duke II. The motorcycle features a CB400 tank narrowed in the front with clearance underneath to make room for electronics, a Goon fiberglass flat track tail section shortened and cut for integrated LED tail signals, 19 inch Sun rims, Buchanan spokes, KTM hubs, and much more.
Winner: Selected as the U.S. Champion, Minneapolis-based Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style with painter Relic Kustoms won first place with a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. The custom motorcycle was handmade entirely from raw materials and features a complete one-off frame, and the gas tank, fender, oil tank and fender struts were hammered from sheet steel.
Runner-up: Denver-based Ryan Gore of Paper Street Customs with painter Scott Takes of Underground Art Studios was selected as runner-up with a 1978 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead. The custom motorcycle features a one-off handmade tank, stainless sissy bar, stained glass battery box and intake, suede seat by Curt Green at Bare Bones Leather, a hardtail frame, a complete motor and transmission build, and more.