Winners of the IMS Custom Bike Show in four rounds with five to go

Part of the event, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, is billed as “the nation’s largest motorcycle builders competition” and includes four categories for builders: the Custom Street Class, the Custom Classic Class, the Freestyle Class and the People’s Choice Award.

In the last yard, a 1974 custom Honda CB550 built by Mateusz Kubak won the Custom Classic award. This classic Honda standard was rebuilt as a cafe racer, with Kubak doing the majority of the modifications in his own garage. It features a custom fiberglass tail and seat, Delkevic exhaust, and a smooth paint job with scratches. The bike also features a ton of custom touches and uses a lot of stock components like the fork, triple shafts, and front and rear wheel hubs.

The winner of the Custom Street class was a Harley FXBB by Yaroslav Lutsenko, and it was painted by EXSA Automotive. The custom Street Bob sports big HD risers, blacked-out engine cowls and a Cobra exhaust.

The Freestyle Prize went to a 2021 Yamaha R1 by Robert Catanese. It shows an elegant metallic oriental blue paint job from Alcalde Customs. This R1 is built around an aviation grade Chromoly tube frame that supports the 998cc engine. Catanese’s bike also features a titanium exhaust and Ducati 750 SS front and rear hoods.

At the Pennsylvania show, an award-winning Harley FL in the Custom class sports a GSX-R fork set and a fully rebuilt HD Knucklehead engine. Tom Keefer’s winning entry includes a six-speed drivetrain, middle drives, BST carbon fiber wheels and Arlen Ness rotors with a Ducati rear brake and master cylinder.

With four rounds now complete, IMS Outdoors and the UBCBS show wrap up in Nashville this week before moving to Central Florida next week.

The new IMS Outdoors format also offers the ability to pilot sophisticated new machines via on-road and off-road demonstrations from top manufacturers like Harley, Indian and Kawasaki.

Maria R. Newman