It was a bitterly cold weekend in Cleveland, but that didn’t deter the die-hard fans of all things motorcycle (and motorsports) from turning out. In what could turn out to be one of the highest attended shows (in my opinion), my peers in the industry pulled in some great builds for the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder competition. The Wraith Heimdall was sitting amongst some tough company, but I felt good about her chances of walking away with at least a small token of recognition.
I do have have a bit of a frustration with these competitions. A growing percentage of bikes represented are not hand-crafted builds–with people actually taking the time and sweating the blood to fabricate the parts–they’re simply assemblies of existing pieces. I could just throw a huge bunch of money at a sled and win everything too but where is the honor and the challenge in that? It’s just not what I’m about.
As far as I’m concerned, if you are entering your bike in a ‘Build-Off’, then build it – don’t have it built.
Anyway, The Heimdall did walk away with the People’s Choice Award, which to me is the most important one (even over placing in my class). Overall it was a great weekend with great people and a killer crowd. I especially want to thank Pat from Progressive and Bob and Keith from J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder who, as always, made this show a great one! See you there next year!
Read more about the show here:
motorcycle-usa.com: J&P Ultimate Builder Cleveland Results 2014
motorcycleshows.com: 2014 Ohio J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition Winners
ridetolivemotorcyclemarketing.com: Class and bad-a** – 2013 Wraith Heimdall is our pick for best custom chopper at Cleveland Progressive International Motorcycle Show
dealernews.com: Cleveland Ultimate Builder: ‘Hashtag Hustler’ award debuts