News & Press Releases

AMD World Championship Editor's Choice (Peter Thoeming, Australia)

Friday 30th Nov 2018

Australian Motorcyclist Magazine. "Well, it was a difficult job but I finally chose 'Titanium V' by Paul Milbourn as my choice - and it is clear that I was not alone in my admiration for Paul's work as he went on to scoop the win in the Street Performance Class. Paul went entirely his own way with this design. He chose a fine target on which to focus his ideas - a Moto Guzzi engine - and executed his mission of making the machine as light as possible. .

AMD World Championship Editor's Choice (Mala Malk, Finland)

Wednesday 28th Nov 2018

Kopteri Magazine. "I felt very honored to be asked again to pick my favourite of the bikes at the 13th AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. It is really a hard choice between about 100 very fine custom built motorcycles. This time there were two personal favourites of mine. As I was wondering whether I have to flip a coin, Robin Bradley of AMD helped me out telling that it'll be all right to pick two bikes. I can tell you, I was relieved.

AMD World Championship Editor's Choice (Andy Hornsby, UK)

Monday 26th Nov 2018

American-V and Spirit of 1901 Magazines. "I'll be the first to admit that I approach custom bikes from the traditional end of the spectrum, and as a rider rather than a builder my editor's choice will always be an aesthetically beautiful bike that I would want in my garage, fuelled-up and ready to roll.

S&S Adds Slash Cut Slip-On Option to Grand National M-8 Softail Line-Up

Friday 16th Nov 2018

S&S Cycle is the home of "proven performance", and continues to prove it with their second straight Grand National Championship aboard the Indian FTR750. The performance exhaust that powers these machines to podium wins has also inspired systems for street going bikes and their latest is designed for the new line of HD Softail models. .

OptiMate SOLAR, getting the Drag Specialties motorcycles 'ready to ride' at Sturgis!

Wednesday 14th Nov 2018

TecMate's advanced OptiMate brand Solar battery charging tools have been gaining traction in the market place rapidly since their introduction. At this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the United States the company was set up with Drag Specialties / Parts Unlimited - the company's exclusive North American distributor.

Rhombus S - edgy and compact with EXtranz technology

Monday 12th Nov 2018

German lighting and advanced electrics specialist Kellermann has miniaturised its popular micro Rhombus LED indicator - it is now smaller, brighter and still with the characteristic design edge that has made it so popular with customisers and builders. The Aachen based manufacturer is internationally recognised for its innovation and quality and is offering its super compact Rhombus S as a 3-in-1 option 'Rhombus S DF Dark' - indicator, rear and break light - and as indicator only 'Rhombus S Dark', both with tinted glass.

Avon's Cobra Chrome

Tuesday 6th Nov 2018

"The Next Chapter in Our Long and Rich Brand History". Leading custom tire manufacturer Avon has announced the next stage in the development of its Cobra brand tire program with the unveiling of the Cobra Chrome.

SBS goes 100% NRS Safe

Friday 2nd Nov 2018

Danish specialist SBS Friction has announced that it has "secured a 100% safe brake pad programme" by embracing mechanical bonding for their ceramic and sintered brake pads.

AMD World Championship Sets Records, Russian Builder Scoops the Win for First Time

Monday 29th Oct 2018

The 13th AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, staged at INTERMOT Customized, Cologne, October 3-7, is widely being hailed as a success, with the standards and numbers of bikes entered reaching standards and numbers not seen since the event moved to Europe, or before. At 85 individual builders, the number of competitors is a new record, as anticipated, but so too is the number of countries - they came from 30 different countries, including some (Indonesia, Malaysia and India) for the first time as the global passion for custom motorcycles continues to spread around the world.

Russia scoops 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

Sunday 21st Oct 2018

Russian customizer Zillers Garage scored a convincing first place in the 13th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at INTERMOT Customized, Cologne, Germany, October 7. With 'Insomnia', Zillers' Yamaha SR 400 based masterpiece, rising star Dmitry Golubchikov takes the coveted title of Avon World Champion of Custom Bike Building for the next two years, and becomes the first winner of the AMD World Championship from Eastern Europe.

Avon Agrees Multi Year AMD World Champion and Freestyle Class Sponsorship

Thursday 9th Aug 2018

Leading custom tire manufacturer AVON has signed a multi year agreement to be Freestyle Class sponsor at the 2018 and 2020 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building - the winner will be the 'Avon World Champion Custom Bike Builder'. One of the oldest motorcycle product manufacturers of any kind in the world, Avon traces its origins back to 1885. The company entered the motorcycle and sidecar tire market in 1911.

AMD World Championship Set for Record Bike Entries and Visitor Attendance in October?

Monday 11th Jun 2018

With 17 weeks to go (at press time) until entries close for the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (Cologne, Germany, October 3-7), the response to what will be the 13th 'AMD' has been universally positive. Entries are running way ahead at this stage in the planning cycle compared to prior years - either in Europe or in the USA - with over 80 bikes slated to compete already.

Japan scoops AMD World Championship for third time

Sunday 9th Oct 2016

82 bikes, 67 competitors, 23 countries. 9th October, 2016, Japanese customizer Suicide Customs scored a convincing first place in the 12th AMD World Championship at 'INTERMOT Customized' at Cologne, Germany, October 10th to take the coveted title of AMD World Champion of Custom Bike Building. Voted for by the competitors themselves, this is the third time that a customiser from Japan has taken the Championship ring home, and in a close field of Freestyle class entrants, Suicide Customs was the clear choice of his fellow competitors as their Champion for the next two years.

AIMExpo announces additional custom market initiative

Tuesday 7th Jul 2015

THE third annual AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) at Orlando, Florida, (October 15 - 18) is headed for further growth this year and now includes added v-twin aftermarket features. The event continues to differentiate itself from prior 'mainstream' trade show formulas in the United States and delivers on former MIC Chairman Larry Little's vision of bringing a European style Milan or Cologne Show motorcycle industry experience to the North American motorcycle market.

Twin Club MC Custom Bike Show, 6 June 2015

Friday 19th Jun 2015

The 41st annual Custom Bike Show held in Sweden at Norrtällje featured over 200 bikes, entered in 8 classes. The largest established AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event (this was the 11th year), over 9,000 visitors from around Europe came to enjoy a weekend that is internationally renowned for the quality of bikes seen there. Competing builders travelled from across Scandinavia and Europe, with bikes coming from Lithuania, Estonia, France, Poland, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the regular attendees from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. .

AMD and INTERMOT confirm World Championship of Custom Bike Building plans for 2016

Friday 12th Jun 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building will be staged at the internationally acclaimed INTERMOT expo at Cologne, Germany, in October 2016. Having made a successful debut in Europe at Big Bike Europe in 2013, the opportunity to move the Championship to INTERMOT in 2014 proved a great success - with an estimated crowd of over 100,000 high-mileage 'mainstream' riders seeing custom bike builds of AMD World Championship calibre for the first time.

Dublin show to be World Championship affiliate again

Thursday 19th Feb 2015

The ninth biennial Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show is being staged from 27th February to 1st March at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) in Dublin, Ireland, this year. Regularly attracting 27,000 visitors, the organizers say that there is strong recovery in the small but growing Irish market, and that with over 2,000 sqm. (approx.10,000 sqft) of booth space already sold, the show is destined to be a sell-out and the biggest for many years.

Moscow Custom & Tuning Show, February 20th-22nd

Monday 16th Feb 2015

This year's Moscow Custom & Tuning Show, a custom bike show that has always provided highly competitive entries at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, is being staged at the 12th annual Moto Park Expo, the leading annual motorcycle show in Russia, at Moscow's IEC "Crocus Expo" facility. Moto Park regularly sees some 100 exhibitors and close to 80,000 visitors. Many of the leading manufacturers are represented at Moto Park, and these have included Harley-Davidson, Polaris (Victory and Indian), Honda, Yamaha, BMW, Triumph and Peugeot.

Krugger wins 2014 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

Monday 6th Oct 2014

Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand joined the exclusive club of multiple title winning World Champions when he took top honors in the 2014 World Championship of Custom Bike Building with his BMW K1600 engined masterpiece called Nurb's. Krugger, who is a regular competitor at the AMD World Championship, beat 69 other builders from 22 countries to once again lift the coveted Freestyle class trophy.

Kansas Motorcycle Works launches second modular concept model

Wednesday 16th Oct 2013

FOLLOWING on from the successful launch of its first motorcycle, The Regulator, at Big Bike Europe in Essen, Germany, in May, Kansas Motorcycle Works has now introduced a second model - The Gunfighter. Kansas Motorcycle Works debuted its second model, a Pro-Street styled bike at European Bike Week, and the new model follows the same modular concept as The Regulator. This latest model features an S&S 111ci motor, Jims six-speed RSD transmission and shocks from Progressive Suspension as standard parts.

S&S Cycle three-piece flywheels

Wednesday 25th Sep 2013

S&S Cycle has identified the need for stronger flywheels in v-twin engines with performance modifications. The crankpin/flywheel joint in production Harley flywheel assemblies was not designed to handle the increased power, so the stock flywheels tend to shift out of true. To deal with this issue S&S Cycle is now producing three-piece flywheel assemblies with integral sprocket and pinion shafts, an all-new connecting rod, and a larger crankpin. The company states that the new assemblies are a vast improvement over stock, and are even superior to its own flywheels produced previously.

New tools and parts from JIMS

Thursday 19th Sep 2013

JIMS continues to design and develop specialist tools for engine builders and one of the latest is its vacuum fed fork filling tool. The patent pending tool is said to eliminate the need to remove the fairings on Touring bikes to change the fork oil. JIMS claims that with the tool it should take about 30 minutes to perform the service compared to 2.2 hours without it.

Kinetic product line

Thursday 8th Aug 2013

KÜRYAKYN has introduced the Kinetic line of controls as an expansion to its ISO range of products. The new Kinetic line includes both hand and foot controls. "At Küryakyn we ride," says SVP of Sales & Marketing, Marc Wolfram. "We understand that the needs of the modern motorcycle rider are changing, and the Kinetic line really gave us the opportunity to build on these needs. Kinetic delivers a unique collection of products that bridge the gap between performance and styling.".

Highway Hawk Skeleton hand mirror

Wednesday 7th Aug 2013

UNDER the Highway Hawk brand Motolux has created a rear view mirror for use on cruisers and choppers. The Skeleton hand mirror is supplied with all necessary adapters to mount to the bike and finished in chrome with a matt black housing with an E-Mark for all European countries. MOTOLUX SPECIALTIES. Tel: +31 (0)342 490208 (01131 from US).

The Irish Italian Job - a new AMD World Champion

Sunday 12th May 2013


Big Bike Europe welcomes - AIRHAWK Comfort Seating

Wednesday 24th Apr 2013

The AIRHAWK comfort seating system is a motorcycle seat overlay system that uses AIRHAWK dry floatation technology - a system of interconnected air cells that mimic the properties of water by evenly distributing the rider's weight across the entire cushioning surface of the seat. By distributing the weight from the peak pressure areas that cause discomfort, numbness and pain, the company says its "medically proven technology also reduces vibration to the spine and allows air to flow under the rider for control or removal of moisture".

Klock Werks to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Thursday 18th Apr 2013

Brian Klock is coming to Europe! This won't be his first trip to Europe but it will be the first time that dealers and consumers will have been able to see the Klock Werks range of custom Bagger parts and accessories "up close and personal"!.

S&S Cycle to sponsor the Production Manufacturer Showcase at Big Bike Europe

Thursday 4th Apr 2013

THE 'Production Manufacturer' class at the upcoming 10th annual AMD World Championship will showcase examples of custom bikes whose design and engineering considerations are aimed at repeatable production of street-legal custom bikes. Showcasing models built by those who have made the investment in EU homologation, the 'Production Manufacturer' Showcase is open to competitors whose custom bikes have an EU Certificate of Conformity.

Rolling Thunder to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Thursday 28th Mar 2013

Quebec, Canada based frame manufacturer Rolling Thunder has chosen the upcoming Big Bike Europe expo to spearhead its 2013 European sales and marketing campaign. A design-build manufacturer who uses state of the art equipment at its 30,000 square foot facility (approx 280 square meters), Rolling Thunder pioneered wide rear tire and right side drive chassis engineering and continues to be the market leading frame company in North America.

Here it is - the 2013 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building World Champion ring design!

Thursday 28th Mar 2013

AS at March 25th there are 98 builders from 23 countries registered to enter 126 bikes in total at Essen, Germany, for the 10th annual AMD World Championship - the first to be held in Europe at its new permanent host event, the BIG BIKE EUROPE expo.

WIZARDS selected as official detailing product of World Championship

Wednesday 20th Mar 2013

WIZARDS Products has teamed up with the World Championship of Custom Bike Building to be the exclusive provider of cleaning and polishing products for the 2013 event in Essen, Germany. Damon Willis, National Sales Manager of Wizards' motorcycle division, says; "We are thrilled to be selected for this honor; for over 26 years Wizards Products has been passionate about bringing the highest quality detailing and finishing products to the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to share great products with some phenomenal builders and good friends.".

Highway Hawk to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Tuesday 19th Mar 2013

Well known Netherlands based custom and cruiser parts specialist Motolux, owners of the Highway Hawk accessory and Ledrie leather luggage programs, is among the latest high-profile companies to become a part of the fast-growing Big Bike Europe family of exhibitors. Founded over 30 years ago and active in 35 countries, Highway Hawk's most recent product introductions include a range of copper accessories, brass knuckle brake and clutch levers as well as a wide range of Harley-Davidson accessories.

Battistinis Custom Cycles to exhibit at BIG BIKE EUROPE

Thursday 14th Mar 2013

HAVING opened his US based parts and accessories operation four years ago, Rikki Battistini is 'bringing it home' by choosing the upcoming BIG BIKE EUROPE expo as the platform to increase exposure for his popular parts and accessories designs in Europe. Delivering an opportunity to reach leading dealers and style-conscious high mileage riders BIG BIKE EUROPE and the Battistinis Custom Cycles product line are a "perfect fit" according to Rikki.


Tuesday 12th Mar 2013

THE first of two AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate events taking place in the UK was held in London in February, when The Custom Show took place as part of the MCN London Motorcycle Show. Over the weekend of February 15-17 an international selection of custom bikes was gathered together in London's ExCel center as competitors vied to win not only travel expenses (sponsored by Ocean Events) to the 2013 World Championship event in Essen, at Big Bike Europe but also an additional €1,000 of prize money from Zodiac International.

Dublin delivers two winners

Monday 11th Mar 2013

TWO custom bike builders won expenses to take their bikes to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building when the Irish Motorcycle and Scooter Show hosted the Irish affiliate round of the Championship. The event which was held in Dublin, Ireland, over the weekend of 1-3 March had prize packages for both domestic and international custom builders in the Custom Show.

Leading Italian custom parts manufacturer Rebuffini to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Wednesday 6th Mar 2013

INTERNATIONALLY respected Harley-Davidson aftermarket and custom v-twin parts and accessory designer and manufacturer Livio Rebuffini is among the latest European specialists to sign up for BIG BIKE EUROPE. Founded in 1987, Rebuffini combine refined Italian design principles with high quality advanced high-tech manufacturing techniques to produce a unique and uniquely stylish product line that stretches from wheels, swingarms and headlights to forward controls, mirrors, hand controls, triple trees and touring accessories.

Tecmate to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Tuesday 5th Mar 2013

LEADING battery maintenance and diagnostic specialist Tecmate, owners of the popular Optimate branded program, have signed up to be a first year exhibitor at the upcoming all-new BIG BIKE EUROPE expo in Germany in May. Noted as one of the pioneers of the advanced battery care sector of the industry, and suppliers to most of the top selling OE motorcycle manufacturers, Optimate products are respected for their comprehensive feature-rich designs, robust construction and user friendly interface.

Arlen Ness Enterprises sign up for Big Bike Europe

Monday 4th Mar 2013

ALWAYS a popular parts and accessory program with dealers and customizers in Europe, Arlen Ness Enterprises are among the latest in a slew of market leaders to sign on to exhibit at the upcoming BIG BIKE EUROPE expo. This year has again seen the iconic Californian company continue its reputation as prolific new product designers and has targeted the focused and relevant approach to parts, accessories, custom styling and performance that has become BBE's expo hallmark as an ideal platform from which to further promote already strong European demand for their product lines.

S&S Cycle to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Friday 1st Mar 2013

Market leading "Proven Performance®" parts and engine components manufacturer S&S Cycle is among the latest US vendors to see BIG BIKE EUROPE as "an important element of our European marketing strategy" according to company President Steve Iggens. The internationally respected Viola, Wisconsin, headquartered specialist is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year and has embarked upon a prolific new product introduction programme that is set to continue throughout the year.

DNA Specialty to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Friday 22nd Feb 2013

Wheels to trike conversion kits, and a full line of accessories to rolling chassis designer and manufacturer DNA Speciality is to exhibit at the upcoming Big Bike Europe expo at Essen in Germany in May.

K&N Engineering confirm Big Bike Europe participation

Wednesday 20th Feb 2013

MARKET leading power sports industry filter specialist K&N Engineering are the latest high profile performance component manufacturer to embrace the targeted business message of the all-new Big Bike Europe expo concept at Essen, Germany in May 2013. The Riverside, California headquartered manufacturer, who is widely credited with having created the high performance air filter market, specialises in cotton gauze filter technology that is said to deliver outstanding results in air-cooled v-twin and all other motorcycle applications.

AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building passes the 100 bike mark with 3 months to go!

Tuesday 19th Feb 2013

The exceptional response to the decision to host the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Europe for the first time ever continues to capture the imagination of the European custom bike industry. With three months to go, and available competition space running out fast, having over a hundred bikes registered is "an unprecedented level of participation in the history of the World Championship program," according to Championship Director Neil Blaber.

Performance Machine Apex grips and pegs

Wednesday 6th Feb 2013

PERFORMANCE Machine's product line includes handlebar grips, and one option in the company's grip range is the Apex. Based on the design of the rubber wrapped Contour and XL Contour grips, this latest option features a series of machined cut-outs that form a ring around the end of the grip. Available in chrome and Contrast Cut, the Apex will fit 1in bars and FL models with an electronic throttle. To match the Apex grips, Performance Machine is also offering a line of Apex footpegs. PERFORMANCE MACHINE.

KIBBLEWHITE to exhibit at BIG BIKE EUROPE in May 2013

Tuesday 29th Jan 2013

AMD Magazine is delighted to announce that respected valve-train manufacturer Kibblewhite Precision Machining Inc is to exhibit at the all new BIG BIKE EUROPE expo in Essen, Germany in May. Best known for their Black Diamond brand valves, Beehive spring kits and choice of bronze and cast iron valve guides. The Californian company was established in 1936 and boasts numerous race records and titles for its product lines.

AMD Magazine is delighted to announce that the Daytona, Florida based tuning and fuel management specialist Daytona Twin Tec is to exhibit at Big Bike Europe

Monday 21st Jan 2013

OWNED and operated by industry legend Allen Alvarez and featuring advanced electronic fuel injection technology developed by former Crane engineer Chris Schroeder, the Daytona Twin Tec brand was one of the first to achieve mass sales when the aftermarket responded to Harley-Davidson's introduction of fuel injection in 2001/02. Daytona Twin Tec offers a three year limited warranty on a product range that extends from ignition systems for carbureted Harley-Davidson models through to engine control systems for 2001 and later fuel injected Harleys, including V-Rods.

AMD makes 'ProShow' debut at Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

Friday 9th Nov 2012

Harley-Davidson has reported strong gains in earnings and dealer new motorcycle sales for the first quarter of 2012. The American Labor Day holiday weekend at the end of August and beginning of September saw the AMD World Championship program make its debut at arguably its most prestigious venue yet. The Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted the Milwaukee Rally 110th anniversary year kick-off party, and among the features for visitors was a two-day AMD World Championship affiliate program 'ProShow', followed by the one-day Harley-Davidson Ride-In custom bike show.

2013 AMD World Championship entry forms and class information now available online

Wednesday 12th Sep 2012

First fifty bike entries received will be free of charge. The official entry form for the 10th annual 2013 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building is now available online. Being staged in Europe for the first time, at the all-new BIG BIKE EUROPE expo at Essen, Germany, on May 10th to 12th 2013, AMD is pleased to announce a series of competitor promotions and incentives being funded by confirmed European BIG BIKE EUROPE exhibitors such as Motorcycle Storehouse, Zodiac International, Parts Europe, MAG Europe, Paaschburg & Wunderlich and TTS Wheels.

9th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building - Class winners

Tuesday 14th Aug 2012

Boccin Custom Cycles, Italy, take Modified Harley-Davidson AMD World Championship win at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Following their triumph at the AMD World Championship program affiliate event at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England in June, Boccin Custom Cycles (B.C.C. - have become Modified Harley-Davidson World Champions at the 9th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

Thunderbike, Germany, wins 9th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

Tuesday 14th Aug 2012

For the first time an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer has scooped the custom motorcycle industry's top design and engineering prize. Thunderbike, of Hamminkeln, near Essen in Germany, was chosen by fellow competitors and selected VIP judges to have built the stand-out 'class of 2012' custom motorcycle with 'PainTTless', a hand crafted one-of-a-kind tour de force that oozes stunning design and engineering craftsmanship from every angle.

Italians take the spoils at first Custom Show at Beaulieu, UK

Wednesday 11th Jul 2012

Abnormal Cycles took the Best in Show prize with 'Speed Demon', a universally admired Harley 1930 VL framed 1919 JD 74 inch engined racer. The first UK Custom Show to be staged at the Beaulieu Estate, home to the National Motor Museum in southern England, defied the weather and produced larger crowds and more bikes in the Custom Show than had been expected. Indeed, those who saw the 90 plus competition entries say that it was the best standard of custom motorcycle design and engineering seen at a show in the UK for several years.

World Championship moves to Big Bike Europe in 2013; AMD affiliate show at the H-D Museum, Milwaukee

Friday 6th Jul 2012

The move to Big Bike Europe at Essen in Germany means that AMD will be able to stage the World Championship in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art professional expo environment. Following six successful years at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, years that have seen AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building become established and respected as a leading showcase for innovative custom motorcycle design and engineering, the 9th annual World Championship at Sturgis this August (5th thru 8th) will be the last to be staged at the rally.

Privateer braves "worst" weather to win Scandinavian Championship

Wednesday 27th Jun 2012

Scandinavian Champion Claes Wärefors won expenses to travel to Sturgis for the 9th annual AMD World Championship. Custom Bike Show - Norrtälje, Sweden, June 2nd 2012. Despite what was agreed to be the worst weather experienced in the event's 38-year history, over 90 bikes rode into Norrtälje's Societetsparken to compete across 8 classes at the Custom Bike Show, organised by Twin Club.

Custombike Srl wins Italian Championship

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Custombike Srl will compete in the AMD World Championship at Sturgis this year as 2012 Italian Champion. Congratulations go to former European and World Championship of Custom Bike Building finalist Jerry Caronte of Custombike Srl, from Modligliana, near Imola in Italy. Jerry won Best In Show at the recent Italian Motorcycle Championship, staged by Italian custom magazine Bikers Life, at the 26th annual Biker Fest Rally held at Lignano Sabbiadoro, north of Venice on Italy's Adriatic coast.

26 years of Biker Fest

Thursday 12th Apr 2012

This year's competition will take place inside Lignano's famous Terrazza a Mare. The Italian Biker Fest is returning for the 26th year over the weekend of 10-13 May, 2012 at Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine. The show will be hosting the Italian round of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, with the builder of the Best in Show bike getting a prize of travel expenses to compete at the World Championship in Sturgis, and also acts as the final of the inaugural Italian Motorcycle Championship, a series of ten events in central and northern Italy.

LC Fabrications is 2012 Ultimate Builder US Champion

Thursday 22nd Mar 2012

US Champion Jeremy Cupp will compete in the AMD World Championship at Sturgis this year having placed 6th in 2009. Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications is this year's Ultimate Builder United States Champion after winning the FreeStyle class at the US Championship of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Daytona. "Old Black", a 1976 Harley-Davidson XL, is built on a hillclimber chassis and sports two reversed heads, dual Amal carbs and custom open rocker valve train. Special features include jackshaft dual drive chains and dual rear drum brakes.

Beaulieu show announces second Sturgis prize

Tuesday 6th Mar 2012

Lorne Cheetham, of Ocean Events, organizer of The Custom Motorcycle Show taking place at Beaulieu, UK, over the weekend of June 16-17, has announced the addition of a second £5,000 "Sturgis"prize. The Beaulieu show is a UK Affiliate event to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Rocket Bobs wins London International Classic & Custom Show

Friday 2nd Mar 2012

The Rocket Bobs bike is based upon a '79 FXS, fitted with a modified '64 Arrowhead swingarm and Hagon shocks, a modified '76 Super Glide tank and Narrow Glide trees from a '78 FXS with the legs lowered by 2-1/2in. Now in its 3rd year, the London, England, affiliate round of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building once again took place at the historic Alexandra Palace. For 2012, the remit of the show, which took place over February 25 -26, was expanded to include classic bikes and custom cars.

LC Fabrications wins Ultimate Builder in Charlotte

Wednesday 29th Feb 2012

Jeremy Cupp won a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis in addition to a $3000 cash prize.

Derbidson set for Sturgis after Llunatica Spain win

Friday 24th Feb 2012

Derbidson's bike "The Diavolo" features front and rear mono swingarm and is almost entirely handcrafted (credit: Derbidson Communications). Llunatica Spain, 2-5 February 2012. This year's Llunatica rally was held at a new location, the holiday resort of Marina d'Or in Oropesa del Mar, southern Spain, and attracted 45 builders who entered bikes in the AMD World Championship programme affiliated custom competition.

London International Classic and Custom Show

Tuesday 21st Feb 2012

2011 winner Larry Houghton went on to take second place at the World Championship with his bike 'Son of a Gun'. London's legendary Alexandra Palace ('Ally Pally') will again be hosting the London-based round of AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate program on February 25th and 26th, 2012. This is the third year of the event and sees the show footprint extended to include the classic motorcycle market.

Dave Dupor is Chicago's Ultimate Builder

Tuesday 14th Feb 2012

DD Custom Cycle is invited to the 2012 World Championship of Custom Bike Building after winning the Freestyle class at Ultimate Builder Chicago.

Motorcycle Storehouse confirms BIG BIKE EUROPE

Friday 3rd Feb 2012

One of Europe's leading specialist aftermarket custom parts and accessory distributors Motorcycle Storehouse has confirmed its intention of being one of the 'Founder' exhibitors at AMD Magazine's new BIG BIKE EUROPE Expo in May 2013. Planned as a European 'headquarters expo' for the international performance, custom, tuning, service and workshop parts and accessory industry, BIG BIKE EUROPE boasts a range of unique features, including the first annual International Custom Conference and the return of AMD's much admired European Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Hoosier Daddy Choppers wins Ultimate Builder in Cleveland

Wednesday 1st Feb 2012

Jon Shipley picked up a check for $3000 in addition to being invited to the 2012 World Championship of Custom Bike Building. John Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers left the Ultimate Builder show in Cleveland, OH, with $3000, a class winner's trophy and a guaranteed World Championship spot after taking first place in the Freestyle class with 'Whiskey Bent', a heavily customized 1977 Ironhead featuring a bar stool seat and 102 year-old brass headlight. Last year's winner Jesse Bassett of The Gasbox was runner up with a 1949 Panhead, and Misfit Custom Cycles was third.

Gravesend Cycles wins Ultimate Builder in New York

Tuesday 24th Jan 2012

Copper Mike Cole won a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis in addition to a cash prize.

Blacksmith Motoring Co is Washington DC's Ultimate Builder

Tuesday 17th Jan 2012

Blacksmith Motoring Co won a cash prize of $3000 plus a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis.

Big Bike Europe is European Championship host event

Monday 16th Jan 2012

Plans for the return of the European Championship of Custom Bike Building are unaffected by the cancellation of Custom Chrome Europe's Dealer Show. As announced in August 2011, the next European Championship is being staged at the first annual Big Bike Europe Expo, at Essen in Germany on May 10-12, 2013. Big Bike Europe is the all new, independently owned and operated headquarters expo for the European performance, custom, tuning, workshop and service parts and accessory industry.

Stevenson's Cycle wins Ultimate Builder in Novi, MI

Wednesday 11th Jan 2012

Freestyle class winner Stevenson's Cycle won a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis in addition to a cash prize.

LA Speed Shop wins Ultimate Builder in Long Beach

Thursday 15th Dec 2011

Chris Richardson picked up a check for $3000 in addition to being invited to the 2012 World Championship of Custom Bike Building. For the second year running, Chris Richardson of LA Speed Shop left the Ultimate Builder show in Long Beach, CA, with a class winner's trophy after taking first place in the Freestyle class. Paul Cavallo of Spitfire Motorcycles was runner up, and Ultimate Builder San Mateo winner Dalton Walker of Split Image Kustoms was third.

Moore Customs wins at Ultimate Builder Dallas

Wednesday 7th Dec 2011

Freestyle class winner Moore Customs won a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis in addition to a cash prize.

Split Image Kustoms wins at Ultimate Builder San Mateo

Monday 21st Nov 2011

Split Image Kustoms won a cash prize of $3000 plus a free place at the 2012 AMD World Championship in Sturgis. The 2011/12 series of Ultimate Builder custom shows hosted at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows began at the weekend in San Mateo, California. As last year, classes were offered for Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davison (stock engine and frame retaining original geometry) and Performance Custom, and introduced a new class, 'Retro Mod', for builds based on bikes over 25 years old.

R-Odynamic by Thunderbike

Thursday 17th Nov 2011

Thunderbike from Germany has a long history of building top flight custom bikes, having placed 2nd at the 2006 World Championship of Custom Bike Building and 5th in the 2008 event. The latest ground-up custom build to come from the Hamminkeln shop is R-Odynamic, which took 2nd place in the Custom Class at the 2011 European Bike Week show.

K&N Aircharger

Tuesday 15th Nov 2011

K&N has released a version of its Aircharger high-flow air intake assembly which has been designed to work with both '08-'11 H-D Dyna and Softail models and '01-'07 Twin Cams. Installation of the Aircharger is claimed by K&N to offer a performance increase of up to 10hp.

An Abnormal Union

Friday 11th Nov 2011

Throughout the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building, there were a small number of bikes that people kept going back to, to have another look. One of those was not in the Freestyle class and nor was it a bike. Abnormal Cycles had entered the Modified Harley class, and had entered with a sidecar outfit, and it was this that was getting all the attention. The attention was well deserved, too, as come the end of the show the outfit rolled away with the top prize.

New show in Manchester in 2012

Wednesday 9th Nov 2011

In 2012, the team behind the World Championship Affiliate show held each year at London's Alexandra Palace will be staging a second motorcycle show which will cater for riders in the north of the UK. The new event - The Manchester Bike Show - will take place over the weekend of 17-18 March, 2012 at EventCity in Manchester.

Malicia Indigena wins Sturgis prize at 30th Anniversary Faro Rally

Tuesday 8th Nov 2011

Spanish builder Malicia Indigena won their second Sturgis prize at Faro in three years. This year's 30th annual Moto Clube Faro Rally on the Algarve in Southern Portugal saw record crowds in attendance. The affiliate custom bike show, in its 20th year, was won by Jhomba Tapasco of Malicia Indigena from Spain, becoming the first double winner of a World Champs Sturgis prize at the event, having taken the prize in 2009.

Kiwi Anchor Tie Down by Rivera Primo

Monday 7th Nov 2011

RIVERA Primo has a solution for people who trailer their bike a lot and struggle to keep it held in place on the trailer. The Kiwi Anchor Tie Down not only helps keep the bike secure, but also protects the paintwork on the bike from being rubbed by the tie-down straps. Made from black powder coated steel in the USA, versions of the Kiwi Anchor are available to fit '84-'08 Baggers, '09 and later Baggers and '00 to '07 Softails. The tie-downs can be installed with minimal tools. RIVERA PRIMO.

Zero Engineering: From Zero to hero

Friday 4th Nov 2011

In the world of custom bike building, there are certain countries which seem to produce bikes that have a definite style that is unique to each location. One such example is the builds coming out of Japan.

Punta Bagna Bike Valfrejus

Wednesday 2nd Nov 2011

Antoine Bigel of Blue Line Chopper will travel to Sturgis in 2012. The third annual Wild Magazine rally and custom show held in the mountainous Haute Savoie region of France was this year sponsored by W&W Cycles, and again offered two World Championship affiliate 'Sturgis' prizes - one for the best French builder and the other going to the best 'international' guest competitor. The French win went to Antoine Bigel of Blue Line Chopper who will travel to Sturgis in 2012.

World Championship 2011 Web Favorite Award Winners

Tuesday 1st Nov 2011

After two months of intense courting of public favour via Facebook, we are now pleased to announce the winners of this year's "Public Pick of Excellence" awards. This award was intended as an alternative to the standard "Public Choice" award given at many shows, and encouraged World Championship competitors to use their internet social networking skills to attact as many Facebook "Likes" as possible on their Registry page on

Kiwi Indian: Chief Mike Tomas

Friday 28th Oct 2011

Throughout the history of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building there have been many changes, including the location, sponsoring partners and competitive classes. However, one thing that has remained constant over the eight years the event has been taking place is the presence of Mike Tomas - the Big Chief at Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co. Over the years, Mike has always entered at least one bike in the Championship, winning the Production Manufacturer class in 2006, and 2011 was no exception as it saw him roll a 1950's Kiwi Chieftain into the show venue.

Extensive line of new Sinister parts

Friday 28th Oct 2011

JOHN Shope's Sinister Industries has been working through the summer to create an extensive range of new parts. Among the parts now available are what are claimed to be the only high strength PPO/PA ABS plastic hard bags on the market. Made from the same material as that used by Harley-Davidson, the Sinister bags are supplied in a black finish and use the existing Harley hardware.

New venue for UK affiliate show

Wednesday 26th Oct 2011

OCEAN EVENTS, the organizers of 2011's Custom Motorcycle Show (known as California Dreamin'), which was held in Bournemouth and was one of two UK shows affiliated to the World Championship of Custom Bike Building program, have announced a new location for the 2012 show. The event will now take place at Beaulieu over the weekend of 16/17 June 2012. Beaulieu, in the UK's New Forest, which houses the National Motor Museum, will host the Custom Motorcycle Show alongside its already established annual 'Hot Rod and Custom Car Festival'.

SuperTrapp acquires JayBrake

Tuesday 25th Oct 2011

NOTED Cleveland, Ohio based motorcycle exhaust manufacturer SuperTrapp has acquired the popular JayBrake brand and product line from Horschel Motorsports of Springville, New York. Founded by Jay Brainard in 1981, JayBrake is one of the best known custom V-twin and Harley-Davidson aftermarket brake component and controls manufacturers, with a reputation for robust quality and innovative design. SuperTrapp President Kevin Berger: "We look forward to continuing the high-level of quality, product development and customer service that JayBrake customers have come to expect over the last 30 years".

Darwin Motorcycles: Evolution of a café racer

Thursday 20th Oct 2011

Dar Holdsworth, the man behind Darwin Motorcycles, has been a regular competitor at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building over the years, placing third in both '08 and '09 and second in '10 in the Production Manufacturer class, and his persistence finally paid off this year with a class win.

TTS MasterTune at Biker's Choice

Monday 17th Oct 2011

BIKER'S Choice is now able to offer customers the TTS MasterTune system, which is a Windows-based ECM reprogramming tool specifically for use with '01 and later Delphi-equipped Harley-Davidsons that utilize the diagnostic interface. The MasterTune allows adjustment of front and rear cylinder spark advance, front and rear cylinder volumetric efficiency and adjustment for different fuel injector flow rates. The unit also calibrates factory speedometer, retrieves ECM information, compares functions quickly in tables, changes factory rpm limit and graphs tables in 2D/3D.

LA County Choprods launch new website

Thursday 13th Oct 2011

L.A. County Choprods has redesigned and relaunched its website Following the completion of the work it now features a new store, a custom bike construction gallery and the 'Blah Blah Blog'. The site also has exclusive access to ISR brakes, of which L.A. County Choprods is the exclusive North American distributor.

ART grips and Taper Lite pushrod by Rivera Primo

Wednesday 12th Oct 2011

ADVANCED Racing Technologies (ART) was founded in 1980 before being incorporated into Rivera Primo in 2004. In 2010 the ART brand was relaunched by Rivera Primo, which has now added billet aluminum knurled pegs and grips to the existing range of ART hydraulic end covers being produced.

Love Ride returns for 2011

Tuesday 11th Oct 2011

IN October 2011 the Love ride returns for the 28th time with Tonight Show host Jay Leno leading riders to Castaic Lake. This year's event, which takes place on October 23, is being supported by Robert Patrick, Peter Fonda, Lorenzo Lamas, Larry Hagman and Willie G. Davidson. "The Love Ride is truly unique because it's not just entertainment for charity," says event founder Oliver Shokouh. "It's a full-immersion experience that lets people participate in a way that raises the spirit of giving to high levels, mainly because it feels so good.".

World Championship 2011 Web Favorite Award

Tuesday 6th Sep 2011

As an alternative to the regular "Public Choice" style awards, we have decided to honor the 2011 entry which, by the end of October, has accumulated the largest number of "Likes". You'll need a Facebook account in order to vote, and can select as many bikes as you want. Just click HERE and you'll be able to see photography and the tech spec of any bike by clicking on the ">>" on the far right.

2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building - RESULTS

Thursday 11th Aug 2011

Many internationally known custom builders headed to Sturgis to compete in the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building but it was a relatively unknown customizer that took the top honors. After working on his bike for 3-1/2 years Ken Tabata, of Tavax Engineering, Yao City, Osaka, Japan, appeared in Sturgis and now he is preparing to leave as the 2011 World Champion of Custom Bike Building. He describes his winning bike, TAVAX2011V, as being designed to look like a Cheetah about to pounce, all dynamic movement and power.

Lucky Devil Metal Works: A diesel, now that's diversity

Wednesday 10th Aug 2011

In the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building the majority of the bikes in the Freestyle class are running American V-Twin engines. However, there are some notable exceptions, on being Lucky Devil Metal Works' diesel powered Hydra-ride.

Partner Pick of Excellence Awards 2011

Tuesday 9th Aug 2011

Each year at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building the event's sponsors recognize the hard work and commitment of the participating builders with the "Partner Pick of Excellence Awards". The 2011 award ceremony, held on Sunday evening during the VIP Industry Reception, began K&N recognizing the high standard of work and race inspired engineering done by Satya Kraus on one of his two entries in the Championship - Bolide.

PowerSport Institute: Shaping the future of custom bike building

Tuesday 9th Aug 2011

Collaborative builds are nothing new in the world of custom bikes, but when it is a collection of students doing the build and that build is good enough to compete in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building then interest is raised.

V-Twin Mechanic: Spacester - the futuristic Sportster

Tuesday 9th Aug 2011

France's sole representative in the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building is Bernard 'Buck' Massart, of V-Twin Mechanic, the builder of Spacester. Buck's futuristic looking Sportster began life as a '87 XL1200 before he stripped it down to just an engine and transmission. Before even beginning work on a new frame Buck turned his attention to the motor, filling the space between the V with extension to the cooling fins and relocating the carb to a space that would later be covered by the gas tank.

Abnormal Cycles: Three wheels on my wagon

Monday 8th Aug 2011

Throughout the history of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building trikes have been a regular sight on the show floor, and 2011 is no different with two trikes on display. However, what is different this year is the appearance of a sidecar outfit, the first time one has ever been shown in the Championship.

Kiwi Indian - Mike Tomas: Committed to the Championship

Monday 8th Aug 2011

Throughout the history of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building there is only one builder who has had a bike in each of the eight shows - Mike Tomas, founder and owner of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co. From board trackers to bobbers to a replica Indian Aero-Draulic from the '50, Mike has built and entered them all. No matter what the style of build he's entered they have had one thing in common; one of Mike's one re-engineered reproduction Indian Flathead motors.

Three Two Choppers: Build Your Own

Monday 8th Aug 2011

While the majority of bikes on display at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building are the work of professional builders there is one machine in the Modified Harley class that has a different story to tell. AMFU out of Three Two Choppers shop was built by JC Coen, Jimmie Lee Coen and Manny Mercado, and while brothers JC and Jimmie Lee may be professional builders Manny is not. Manny is in fact a customer of the shop and he took part in the shops Build Your Own program.

AFT Customs: A touch of glamor

Monday 8th Aug 2011

Like any good custom shop Jim Giuffra's AFT Customs has a full crew of staff. However, the staff at AFT Customs also happen to be glamour models, not that they're there simply to look good they also weld and wrench on the builds in the workshop. Sentoh, one of the bikes the AFT models have worked on has come to the World Championship of Custom Bike building to take part in the Performance Custom™ class, having recently won top honors at the LA Calendar show.

Lamb Engineering: Son of a Gun

Monday 8th Aug 2011

Like many British motorcyclists of a certain age, Larry Houghton, of Lamb Engineering, began riding as a 16-year-old aboard a Yamaha FS1E. The little Yamaha two-strokes have always been known by owners in the UK as Fizzies and it was this bike that Larry thought about when he began to build his latest custom - Son of a Gun.

Tavax Engineering: A long road to travel

Sunday 7th Aug 2011

Not only did Ken Tabata travel a long way to attend the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, he took a long time to get there too. Japanese custom builder Ken began work on his Championship entry, Tavax 2011V, 3-1/2 years ago.

John Reed's Gold Yamaha: It's been a long time coming

Sunday 7th Aug 2011

The first time the USA saw John Reed's Gold Yamaha was the Oakland Grand National Roadster Show, way back in 1982, and then it took top honors. John is now hoping to repeat that feat at this year's World Championship of Custom Bike Building. John, a former trials bike rider, road racer and sidecar racer, turned to the world of custom bike building after retiring from racing, founding Uncle Bunts, a shop that soon became famous in his native England.

World Champs 2011 - Live!

Saturday 6th Aug 2011

With just a few hours to go before opening to the public, it is set-up day at the 8th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, with builders from all over the world uncrating their bikes and the show taking shape in Champions Hall at 3rd/Lazelle in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota.

K&N program for 2011 World Championship participants

Thursday 14th Jul 2011

K&N Engineering, the high performance filter specialist, has created a custom bike builder program that offers competitors in the 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building the opportunity to receive 70 percent off all K&N products.

World Championship offers official merchandise

Tuesday 14th Jun 2011

Now available, the 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building t-shirt may be ordered online by visiting Printed in Sturgis, South Dakota, the t-shirts are made of 100 percent cotton, preshrunk 6.1 ounce. Available in Black only, in sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2x, and 3x. The back of the shirt identifies the Affiliate custom bike events leading up to the 9th Annual AMD World Championship in Sturgis 2012, including those in Austria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, and Portugal.

Sickboyz win Sturgis ticket at California Dreamin' Expo

Monday 13th Jun 2011

California Dreamin' Expo, situated in Bournemouth, UK, attracted some 2,500 visitors in the course of its two days (May 28-29), with most exhibitors reporting a good standard of buying intent among the custom bike enthusiasts who were attracted to the first custom-specific expo to cater for the South/South West England market for some years. Always a notoriously regional market (something that had dogged prior show attempts), the UK is one of several European markets where more than one show could prosper.

World Champs info and entry forms now linked from Harley website

Tuesday 7th Jun 2011

With two months to go before this year's AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, entries to the four classes are running ahead of last year at around 65 bikes already, and plans are moving ahead for the staging arrangements on the downtown Sturgis Lazelle/3rd site we now share with Harley-Davidson.

PowerSport Institute partners with World Championship; students to enter at Sturgis

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

The PowerSport Institute, at North Randall near Cleveland, Ohio, has become the first motorcycle industry training institution to become an official partner of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Campus Director Bernie Thompson said of the link-up that "we share the aims of the World Championship. Through our unique and extensive range of course options we seek to promote and develop motorcycle maintenance and engineering best practice.

Moscow Harley-Davidson wins Sturgis ticket

Monday 18th Apr 2011

Staged at Russia's largest motorcycle expo, Motopark, held in the Crocus Expo Centre, this year's Moscow Custom & Tuning Show (April 1-3) attracted a record turnout of 41 entries spread across the widest geographical area yet. Motopark itself maintained the same number of exhibitors as last year, this year featuring booths from Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, and attracted an increased number of visitors.

Swiss Harley Days 2011 becomes World Champs Program Official Affiliate

Friday 8th Apr 2011

Following the success of its association with the World Championship program last year, when Swiss Harley Days hosted Harley's European H.O.G. Rally, Harley-Davidson Switzerland has confirmed that this year's event at Campione d'Italia / Lugano, Switzerland, July 8th-10th 2011, will be a Modified Harley-Davidson World Championship affiliate event.

MAG Connection signs on as World Champs Partner

Monday 28th Mar 2011

France-based European V-twin and custom aftermarket parts and accessories purchasing group MAG Connection has become the latest business to sign up as a sponsoring Official Partner to AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Established a decade ago, MAG Connection provides authorized and independent dealers and performance specialists throughout Europe with an own-language and local currency online ordering and freight consolidation service that allows them to buy from the inventory of many of the market's primary distributors and manufacturers in the United. States and elsewhere.

Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show winners

Thursday 17th Mar 2011

The 7th Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show took place on March 4-6 at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) Exhibition Hall with the organizers announcing attendance figures of close to 27,000; the same figure as the last show (in 2009) despite the ongoing economic situation in Ireland.

CamTech Customs takes double Ultimate Builder win in Greenville, SC

Tuesday 1st Mar 2011

Last weekend saw Greenville, SC, host the latest of the World Championship program Ultimate Builder affiliate events at the Progressive Insurance sponsored IMS series. CamTech Customs became the first competitor to win both Freestyle and Modified Harley classes at the same event. Builder Robbie Closson's Freestyle winning Bagger was based on a 2010 H-D Road Glide, and featured a 26in Renegade front wheel, cut and raked frame, custom one-piece fairing and a Hayabusa headlight. His Modified Harley winner, 'Rehab', is a 2002 Dyna Sport featuring Performance Machine wheels and brakes.

Ultimate Builder winners in Minneapolis and Chicago

Tuesday 15th Feb 2011

The past two weekends saw Minneapolis and Chicago host the latest of the World Championship program Ultimate Builder affiliate events at the Progressive Insurance sponsored IMS series. The same two bikes took first and second places at both events, Dana Hallberg's World Championship bike 'Redonkulous' winning in Minneapolis, with Troy Kyne's 'Predasaurus' taking the top prize in Chicago. Third place in Minneapolis went to Outlaw Customs for their Outlaw Prostreet, and Dave Dupor of DD Custom Cycle took third in Chicago with his entry based on a 2009 Harley Road Glide.

Ultimate Builder winners in Cleveland

Wednesday 2nd Feb 2011

Last weekend saw Cleveland host the latest of the World Championship program Ultimate Builder affiliate events at the Progressive Insurance sponsored IMS series. The Freestyle class win was taken by Jesse Bassett of The Gasbox (who collaborated with Huey Schwebs of Cleveland Motorcycle Manufacturing Co on their 2007 World Championship entry) with his 1965 BSA Lightning, with Bill Steele of Steele Kustoms second and fourth. Bill took his second place with 'Fascinator', a stunning automatic transmissioned billet springer high-tech meets old-style lowrider with which he scooped fifth place in the World Championship in 2006.

'Verona' show pulls record crowds

Tuesday 1st Feb 2011

Motor Bike Expo. Verona, Italy,. January 21-23, 2011. Enthusiasm for motorcycling in general, the custom market in particular, is in robust shape going into the new year in Europe, if attendance at this year's Motor Bike Expo is anything to go by. Attendance this year is said to have been some 20 percent up on 2010, at over 120,000 visitors, reflecting the upward trend at motorcycle shows seen in Italy a couple of months earlier when the 'Milan' Show in November also saw its best crowds in a decade.

Chaos Cycle takes Ultimate Builder Freestyle win in New York

Thursday 27th Jan 2011

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 the Jacob J Javits Exhibition Center in New York. The Freestyle win was taken by George Stinsman of Chaos Cycle with 'Lot Lizard', a rigid with a re-engineered former drag raced panhead style engine that was bored out to 103 inches.

Ultimate Builder winners in Washington DC

Wednesday 19th Jan 2011

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 Washington DC. The Freestyle win was taken by Washington local Alex Lucas with 'Snake', an Ultima engined pro street style daily rider by WEM. Second went to Frank Rutigliano of Two Wheel Mafia with a custom XS 650 bobber, with Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle third. Fourth was taken by Jason Nieman of SS Trike, with fifth going to Norman Washington with a customized American Ironhorse chopper.

A record Motor Bike Expo 'Verona show' expected next week

Friday 14th Jan 2011

With the demise of the attempted direct rivalry of the ill-fated 'Padua Show', Motor Bike Expo, held in Verona, Italy, January 21 - 23, now has its date and market sector profile free and clear of competition and confusion.

Gary Maurer takes FreeStyle win in Detroit

Tuesday 11th Jan 2011

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.

Mike Tomas takes Ultimate Builder honors at Long Beach IMS

Tuesday 21st Dec 2010

This past weekend saw the latest in the Progressive International Motorcycle Show series staged at Long Beach, California, with Mike Tomas of Kiwi Indian fame scooping the FreeStyle class win at the fourth round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show program. No stranger to AMD Magazine's Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building, Mike took this affiliate event win with his Kiwi Indian Chief. Chris Richardson of LA Speed Shop was second, with Paul Cavallo of Spitfire third.

JIMS USA signs-on as World Champs Official Partner

Friday 17th Dec 2010

Camarillo, California based engines, performance component and tools manufacturer JIMS USA is the latest noted aftermarket specialist to sign-on as a sponsoring Official Partner to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Founded in 1969 by Jim Theissen, JIMS celebrated its 40th anniversary recently, and with its engines now a top seller through Harley-Davidson's Screamin' Eagle program, Jim told AMD: "I have seen some of the AMD shows, especially in Europe, and recognize the World Championship as a premium program that showcases the best in the custom and performance industry.

Kootenay takes Ultimate Builder honors in Seattle

Tuesday 14th Dec 2010

An estimated 28,000 show visitors witnessed the latest Progressive International Motorcycle Show held in Seattle, WA, which featured the third round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Greg Falkner, Manager of Product Planning at Harley-Davidson and Yamaha's Warren Fossum, District Manager, helped present the awards.

Christian Dotson takes Dallas Ultimate Builder World Champs affiliate win

Monday 15th Nov 2010

Corsicana, Tx. based custom bike builder Christian Dotson scooped top honors in the FreeStyle class at the weekend in the first round of this winter's Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show World Championship affiliate competition, hosted at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show series opener at Dallas, Tx. Dotson won with 'Swingshot', the radically styled project built around a 93 inch Accurate Engineering 'Panhead' style engine with which he announced himself on the custom scene by scoring an impressive 10th place in the AMD World Championship in 2007.

London custom show enters second year

Friday 15th Oct 2010

ALEXANDRA Palace in London will once again play host to a custom bike show affiliated to the World Championship of Custom Bike Building in 2011. Now known as the London International Custom Show, it will take place over the weekend of February 26-27 at the iconic North London venue. For its second year at the 'Ally Pally', the event, operated by Andrew Greenwood's Classic Shows, will now be sponsored by UK custom motorcycle magazine Back Street Heroes (BSH).

New UK addition to World Championship Affiliate program

Friday 8th Oct 2010

CALIFORNIA Dreamin' Expo is the latest custom motorcycle show to be added to the international affiliate program of the Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The new show, to be held over the weekend of 28-29 May 2011 at the Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, on the UK's south coast, is being organized by Ocean Events and features Battistinis UK as the title sponsor.

International Motorcycle Show series becomes domestic US World Championship affiliate

Wednesday 6th Oct 2010

Advanstar's Progressive Insurance sponsored International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) are to stage World Championship of Custom Bike Building Official affiliate event custom bike shows this season, with a total prize fund on offer of over $90,000.00. The IMS series' Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows will feature two $3,000.00 first prizes for each of the FreeStyle and Modified Harley-Davidson classes, with an additional $1,000.00 first prize for the Championship program's new Performance Custom class.

2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building - RESULTS

Wednesday 11th Aug 2010

Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand is now wearing the World Champions' ring after being named the 2010 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Custom Bike Show, Sweden - June 5th 2010

Wednesday 26th May 2010

Staged at the port city of Norrtelje, an hour North East of the Swedish capital Stockholm, Custom Bike Show is set to again be the Scandinavian Affiliate event for the World Championship of Custom Bike Building; the sixth time that the event has been a part of the program. Organized by Twin Club MC, and believed to be one of the oldest established custom bike shows in the world, the one-day ride-in event will be staged in its usual Societets Park in Norrtelje on Saturday June 5th.

Mad Builders Custom Show, Mexico

Friday 14th May 2010

Some 3,000 riders and a total attendance of around 20,000 people turned out for the 2nd annual Mad Builders Motorcycle Rally and Custom Show held over Mexico's National Holiday weekend (May 1st to 3rd, 2010) at Jocotepec, Jalisco. Operated by Caballos Salvajes (Wild Horses), a local motorcycle club, the event was, again, an AMD Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building Affiliate.

H-D and AMD partner to produce World Champs finals at Sturgis

Friday 7th May 2010

AMD is proud to announce support from Harley-Davidson for the Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building at a new level. Building on Harley-Davidson's official sponsorship of the AMD Modified Harley-Davidson class, starting at this year's 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Harley-Davidson will also become AMD's new World Championship event production and staging partner.".

Hardy Butts Bike Rally; June 11th to 13th, 2010

Thursday 6th May 2010

THE second annual Hardy Butts Bike Rally will be staged at Lloret De Mar north of Barcelona on Spain's north east coast from June 11th to 13th. This year the event makes its debut as an Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building Affiliate with the winner of the World Champs scrutinized custom show winning expenses contribution to compete at the World Championship at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

European H.O.G. Rally to stage Modified Harley World Champs Affiliate custom show

Wednesday 5th May 2010

THIS year's European H.O.G. Rally is the latest to join the World Championship of Custom Bike Building's Affiliate event program. Being staged at Campione-Lugano in Switzerland (July 16-18) at Switzerland's annual 'Swiss Harley Days' event, one lucky Modified Harley owner will win expenses contribution to be able to take his or her bike to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2011 to compete at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Hardy Butts Bike Rally, Spain

Thursday 29th Apr 2010

The second annual Hardy Butts Bike Rally will be staged at Lloret De Mar, north of Barcelona on Spain's north east coast, from June 11th to 13th. This year the event makes its debut as an Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building Affiliate, with the winner of the World Champs-scrutinized custom show winning an expenses contribution to compete at the World Championship at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Mad Builders Custom Show, Mexico

Thursday 22nd Apr 2010

For the second year, the Mad Builders custom bike show in Jocotepec, Mexico, in May (1st to 3rd) is offering a Mexican customizer the chance to compete at the Official World Championship at Sturgis in August. Last year, the first time the event was held, the first ever World Championship affiliate event in Latin America had to be postponed to late May because of the Swine Flu epidemic, but still pulled some 15,000 show visitors.

Top honors to Italy at European Championship

Monday 29th Mar 2010

The annual Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show once again played host to the prestigious AMD Official European Championship of Custom Bike Building at the Phoenixhalle, at Mainz, near Frankfurt in Germany on March 27th and 28th. In an event that saw some 119 custom bikes from 20 different countries (making this the most international AMD European Championship yet!), Italian builders continued to confirm their emergence onto the international scene by scooping most of the top honors.

European Championship & Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show

Tuesday 23rd Mar 2010

This weekend will see the staging of the annual European Championship of Custom Bike Building at Custom Chrome Europe's Dealer Show at Mainz in Germany. Staged at the Phoenixhalle, on Saturday March 27th and Sunday March 28th, the event is expected to see one of the largest European Championships to date, with over 120 bikes pre-registered by the deadline. Harley-Davidson are backing the Modified Harley-Davidson Class at the European Championship, with one of their new 120 inch Twin Cam engines as first prize.
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