Gary Maurer takes FreeStyle win in Detroit

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Tuesday 11th Jan 2011Filed under Affiliates

Gary Maurer's winning bike "No Reservation" was a collaboration with Ron Finch built for Michael Lichter's "Eternal Combustion" exhibition at Sturgis

Competing builders at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Novi, Michigan.

This past weekend saw the latest in the World Championship of custom Bike Building program "Ultimate Builder" affiliate events staged at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Novi, near Detroit, Michigan.

The win was taken by former World Championship competitor Gary Maurer, of Kustoms Inc and Evil Engineering (, the Michigan based belt drive manufacturer noted for their use of "herringbone" style helical offset tooth belts in their primaries.

The winning bike, "No Reservation", was a collaboration with Ron Finch that was put together in just eight weeks last year as an homage to 1930's style Indian board trackers for Michael Lichter's "Eternal Combustion" exhibition at the Sturgis Motorcycle rally.

It features the 100 hp Crazy Horse V-Plus engine, in a rigid frame, with a leaf-spring front end, modified Evil Engineering belt drive and Baker transmission, with Ride Wright spoke wheels.

Second place in the FreeStyle class went to Don Weimer, Weimer Original Designs, for "Revelation" (Don also scooped fifth place with "Hustler") with another former World Championship competitor, Steve Broyles of Stevenson's Cycle fame, third with "Duce's Wild".

The win in the Harley-Davidson sponsored Modified Harley class was taken by Huck Hemphill, of Radical Baggers Inc, with a heavily customized 2007 Road Glide that he unveiled at Laughlin last year. The engine work is by T-Man Performance, with a Wimmer air cleaner and Wiseco 103 inch pistons; brakes and foot controls are by Hawg Halters; wheels by Renegade; seven-speed transmission by Baker; exhaust by Rinehart; primary and clutch by BDL; swingarm from Rolling Thunder, and a host of parts and accessories from additional build sponsors such as Cycle Visions, Bad Dad, Paul Yaffe, Burly, PM, Joker Machine, and Arnott.

Second place went to Brian Ratkos, of BRC Creations, with third going to Jerry Motz at Detroit Harley-Davidson.

In the Performance Custom class, the win was taken by Jody Jendon of Reflections Polishing, with second going to Jack McCoy of M43 Powersports.

The "Ultimate Builder" series now moves on to Washington D.C. this coming weekend, followed by New York (January 21-23), Cleveland (Jan 28-30), Minneapolis (February 4-6), Chicago (February 11-13) and then Greenville Sc. (February 25-27) before the finals at Daytona Bike Week, March 9-12.

For full details of classes, prizes and entry contact Bob Kay or Jeff Najar at Biker Pros, Tel: 919 383 0500


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