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King of the Builders at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder wins 5-Ball Leathers

King of the Builders at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder wins 5-Ball Leathers

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 bikes

By 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.” J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder US Championship winner, Jeremy Cupp 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.”
  On school nights, after dinner is cleared away, those LC Fab parts that are such demand are carefully packaged and prepared for shipment by the entire Cupp household. This little assembly line is created right on the kitchen table, at their Shenandoah valley home. It is the best time for Jeremy, J&P Cycle’s “King of the Builders”, to talk with his clan about their day. J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder - LC Fabrications
    “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.
The dedication does not end there. Lindsay Cupp, Jeremy’s wife, is helping out with the polishing work in the shop. His oldest daughter, Harleigh, is proficient in product and motorsport photography from her years as the shop’s in house photographer. Emmy is the lead parts and milling gal. Greg, his youngest, is still studying which instrument in the LC Fabrications orchestra he will soon play. For the Cupps, building motorcycle and family values are one in the same. Sunday is reserved for family time. Through hiking, and mountain biking, Jeremy reckons that the kids have more than covered their stretch of the mountains.
    “We’re not much of a “TV” family.”
  Cupp has artfully managed this challenge, and keeping up with the demand of a spotlight motorcycle builder. LC Fabrications new home is a few miles away from his family home and only two miles from his day job at the machine shop. His expansion into this old movie theatre, which once delivered acts such as Gene Autry, Minnie Pearl, and Little Jimmy Dickens, incorporates the charm of Grottoes, VA that the Cupps have fallen in love with. The move took place in the middle of building Seven, the bike that brought home 2016 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Championship “King of The Builders” Award. From conception to an engine roar, it took about two years. The bike is LC Fabrication’s seventh custom build. Champions were awarded in four classes with the FreeStyle class winner bestowed the prestigious ‘King of the Builders’ title. Jeremy Cupp took the title and a $10,000 check for the win with a total winning package of cash and prizes of $12,000. The Grottoes, Virginia native used a Ducati top end, a Buell Blast case and a Triumph gearbox to create his own custom engine. He fabricated the frame, oil, gas tank, rear fender and engine shield. He also fabricated just about everything else but the tires and spokes. The bike got its name “Seven” because Cupp said that it’s the seventh proper motorcycle to roll out of the LC Fabrications garage. The winning 7 Motorcycle from Jeremy Cupp
    “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.
This is an understatement for a speedway bike that looks like it’s from the early days of NASA. The bike was inspired from the look of the 1934 Harley Davidson CAC, a 500cc single-cyclinder flat track racer. The 2001 500cc Buell Blast engine has been fitted with Ducati 750 SS heads, which sit 180 degrees backwards from their stock location. The Buell transmission was cut out so the engine could be sat vertically in the frame. The original cams were remade to work as a series of idlers. The 21” rear wheel receives two Jaybrake calipers, each with their own master cylinder, using both the hand and foot levers. Throw in a pre-1959 Triumph transmission, and custom springer front end, and you have a piece of artwork that defines retro-futurism. Even the saddle is hand-sewn by Cupp himself.
    “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.”
Long live the King. Some show-class builder bikes never get miles into the triple digits, and see more carpet than asphalt. When asked about the practicality of riding his frankenstein invention, Cupp was surprisingly all business. “I could never build a useless motorcycle.” No matter what your style, however, every Ultimate Builder Champion has had a similar outlook on their completed product.
    “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”
This will certainly not be the last we hear of the Cupp Family, LC Fabrications, and their success at the J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Event.
    “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?”

Long live the King.

Ever since I saw Easy Rider and The Wild One, I had my eye on a leather jacket and throwing a leg over my Harley and cruising the open roads. Special Ops Vests and Jackets as well as JAK Shirts are cool and are as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife.

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