The FreeStyle winner of the US Championship of the J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder, Jeremy Cupp, took home a customized 5-Ball Leathers SPL OPS Jacket that converts into a SPL OPS Vest.
"We are proud to be part of this world-class series and the premier event in the United States," explained Bandit, 5-Ball Leathers' Designer. "We are looking forward to working with J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the future and we congratulate Jeremy Cupp for all the effort put into his winning bike."
J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder US Championship winner, Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications, builds family values and show-stopping bikesBy Tyler Ludlow, Shop photos by Harleigh Cupp and Michael Allen For the winners, The J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Championship has been well known to come with a certain set of… side effects. When builders win this event, they are instantly in-demand: the bikes, the parts, and most importantly, their time. Jeremy Cupp, the winner of the 2016 J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Championship, refers to it as the “Michael Jordan Effect”.
Ever since his J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder win in 2012, LC Fabrications custom part line has been flourishing. “There are highs and lows, but you can see the spikes whenever we take home an award… Every day you think about the customer, your new builds and growing your craft, and the overall business. The thing is… you never stop thinking about your home and family… the reason you are doing any of it.” Jeremy Cupp is the definition of humble. Few builders are as grounded in their priorities. His 70-80 hour work week encompasses managing and operating his father’s machine shop, creating his retail parts “after hours”, and maintaining his shop at LC Fabrications. After all this, Jeremy is defined by himself and others as a “family man”.
“Work isn’t really work if you can make it fun,” Cupp reflected. “The goal was operating my own business, and didn't like the fact that I had to be away. My dad was often away from home, operating gas lines, so I know the challenge. You have to make money, but my ultimate goal is to spend time together in the same place.”
“This all used to be basically a hobby. I rode a [Yamaha] XS400 for years and dreamed of buying a Harley Davidson, and had plans to buy a brand new Sportster. Ended up meeting my wife, and when she was pregnant, the new Sportster was not happening. We named her Harleigh, so I got what I wanted.” “I wanted to name our son Davidson, but Lindsay was not going for it,” Cupp chuckled.
“We’re not much of a “TV” family.”
“The initial impact is the engine. The real old school guys scratch their head. That’s the biggest draw. George [from Chaos Cycles and the New York round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner] said ‘It's the perfect balance of modern technologies and age old techniques’” said Cupp.
“The rear legs of the springer are from a 32mm Showa, and act as dampeners only... I wanted a springer that could ride as good as it looks. We like to ride fast here in the mountains.”
“Most people don't finish a bike. It’s the fine details, the fit and finish. Once it comes back from paint and powder, they throw it together and take off down the road. I still have a month's worth of work at that point”
“The thing that drew me to the [J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder] Championship was it was about the builds, the engines, and the attention to detail. The focus wasn't on $8,000 paint jobs and flashy lights. It was just… classier. Alice Cooper sold a lot of records, but that doesn’t mean he was a great musician, you know?”