(Photos courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Shows)

The 2019-2020 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show tour continued its nationwide swing last weekend as it rolled into Washington, D.C. for the fourth round of competition. The versatility of Harley-Davidson’s Sportster continued to be on display as the venerable model took top honors in both the Custom Classic and Custom Street classes in addition to finishing runner-up in Freestyle.

The only thing standing in the way of a Sportster clean sweep was Ryan Maloney’s custom 2019 Kawasaki 650R flat tracker which captured first place in the Freestyle class. Maloney’s build looks race-ready, in part because it features the same J&M center-shock frame, its Penske shock attached directly to the frame, that AMA Pro flat tracker Kolby Carlisle runs on his race bike. The build has plenty more go-fast goodies, from an Ohlins R1 track fork with adjustable triple clamps to high-performance Beringer brakes all the way around. Maloney’s tracker runs a Kawasaki 650R engine with a high-flow intake and a fuel pump that’s built in to the sweet XR750 tank. Carbon fiber bits keep weight down and add to its flash while 19-inch PM wheels round out the show winner.

1st Place Custom Classic - Dell Battle Dangerous Designz 1991 Harley Sportster 

Dell Battle and Dangerous Designz showcased its bike-building diversity by winning the Custom Classic class and finishing runner-up in Freestyle with two very different styles. Battle’s ’72 Style Sporty, part of his Super Slammed Sportsters series, has graced the pages of Easyriders magazine and won more than its fair share of awards. Now it can add first place in D.C.’s Custom Classic class to that list. Based on a 1991 Harley Sportster, tall, thin wheels give the bike a neo-tracker look. Both the front and rear is actuated by an air ride system, and with the raising and lowering of the bike, Battle had to rig up a tensioner to keep the long final-drive chain taut, the system similar to what you’d find on dirt bikes with a long range of travel. The paint job by Brad H. Design gives the build a jewel-like finish. For his Freestyle runner-up, Battle brings big backsides back with “Excalibur.” There’s a lot more going on with this fat-backed chopper than its big back wheel, though. His pipe work on both the intake and exhaust is exemplary, particularly the routing of the pipe coming off the front jug through the frame. From the knightly cut-outs on the wheels to the leather wrap on the fork between the trees to the scaly texture on the exhaust, the details fit the “Mid-Evil” theme of the bike. Snake eye headlights round out the dragon slayer.

Freestyle Runner-Up - Dell Battle Dangerous Designz 2005 Custom S&S Chopper 

In the Custom Classic class, Richard Thompson’s chopper was old school cool. The 1973 Harley Sportster had been in Thompson’s family since 1974 but was in pretty bad shape before he restored it. The neck of the frame has been raised, the front end kicked-out with a sweet girder fork, and the vintage king & queen saddle rests on a custom sissy bar. The eye-popping orange paint was sprayed by Kirk Salmons. Thompson was the runner-up  in the Custom Classic class and it was great to see choppers getting some love in Washington, D.C.

Custom Classic Runner-Up - Richard Thompson 1973 Harley Sportster 

Meanwhile, the Custom Street winner flexed some serious muscle. It’s not every day you see a turbo Sportster 883, one reason why Ross Latimer of Rats Customs took home the $500 first place check. Latimer’s Sportster is outfitted with what he calls his “Top Secret” turbo combination. He stretched the back end and swapped the stock fork for a Buell front end. The build sports a Harley Rocker front wheel and a spoked Dyna rear and runs Willwood brakes. Latimer’s turbo Sporty beat out Roy Chamberlain’s custom 2004 Street Glide for the win. Chamberlain’s Harley FLHTCUI runs a Zippers 103 kit and its fenders, bags, side covers, dash and tank are all custom and decked-out in an attention-demanding paint scheme.

1st Place Custom Street - Ross Latimer Rats Customs Turbo Harley Sportster 
Custom Street Runner-Up - Roy Chamberlain C&C Cycle 2004 Harley Street Glide 

The custom airbrushing on Matthew Luis’ 2015 Harley Street Glide also attracted plenty of attention, enough to earn it the People’s Choice award. With DC supervillains like the Joker on the saddlebags and Bane on the Batwing, the big-wheeled bagger was destined to be a hit in D.C.

People's Choice - Matthew Luis 2015 Harley-Davidson Street Glide 

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show train keeps chugging along as it heads to the Mile High city this weekend for the fifth round of competition in Denver as the Progressive International Motorcycle Show heads to the Colorado Convention Center Jan. 17 – 19.