About the AMD World Championship
The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (the 'AMD') is a unique custom bike competition.
AMD Magazine invented many new bike show features to create a custom bike competition in which the results could be trusted, with a judging system that was open, honest and fair - a competition that gave all competitors an equal opportunity to have their craftsmanship and ideas judged, regardless of who they were or where they were from.
Judging is by 'Peer Group Review' - it is the competitors themselves (plus a few carefully chosen custom industry VIP judges and past competitors) who vote for who will represent them as their World Champion.
'Peer Group Review' is how top scientific research and papers are judged by fellow scientists, and we use the same principle for judging custom bikes - who better to pass judgement than those who themselves build custom bikes?
The AMD World Champion is always voted for from the 'FreeStyle' class. In 2016 additional classes included Cafe Racer, Street Performance, Modified Harley-Davidson® and Retro Mod.
The class structure has been carefully designed to reflect design and engineering considerations rather than personal styling choices and preferences as such.
The 'AMD' is intended to reward motorcycle design and engineering quality - with the premium being on originality and hand-craftsmanship. All builders must provide a 'Run Test Video' before their bike can compete.
About INTERMOT Customized
The debut of 'INTERMOT Customized' at INTERMOT 2016 featured over 100 exhibitors, and has been widely praised by exhibitors and visitors alike as delivering an up-scale show environment that is set to champion the professionalism of the international custom market for years to come.
In addition to the AMD World Championship bikes, visitors to 'INTERMOT Customized' saw presentations of custom excellence from a wide range of exhibitors, including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Triumph, Yamaha and Kawasaki; Ural from Russia and German V-8 specialist Boss Hoss.
Additional Hall 10 features included displays from the OEM/aftermarket-backed 1/8 mile Essenza and Sultans of Sprint custom bike race series, a Garage Area featuring live customizing, technical and workshop displays, photography by legendary motorcycle industry photographer Michael Lichter, and history and memorabilia from the Ace Cafe, London.
Leading parts and accessory distributors included Motorcycle Storehouse and Custom Chrome Europe, with Detlev Louis showcasing their new custom industry program.
Parts and accessories specialists in Hall 10 included Daytona Twin Tec, SMP and Cometic from the United States, exhaust manufacturers such as Dr Jekill & Mr Hyde (German) and BSL (Austria), performance specialist Norbert Buesch (Germany) and apparel brands such as OMD (helmets), John Doe (protective casual riding gear), Restless and Rusty Pistons.
European custom shops and custom bike builders stepped up their booth presence with the advent of 'INTERMOT Customized' with Hall 10 featuring the likes of Fred Kodlin, Ruff Cycles, Mellow Motorcycles, Dr Mechanik, WalzWerk, Independent Choppers, Big Boys Cycles, HBS, Hells Kitchen old school parts and Holger Schnell's No Limit Custom from Germany, joined by Midland Choppers from Switzerland.