Roger Goldammer Wins Las Vegas Artistry In Iron Competition.

It happened during Las Vegas Bikefest October 2-5, 2008. Artistry in Iron, the peer-judged, invitation-only custom bike building competition, featured some of the most innovative custom bike building BikeFest has seen yet. With 20 builders gathering from all corners of the U.S. and Canada, the competition was steeper than it has ever been. As expected, the bike builders rose to the challenge, creating some of the most unique and creative bikes seen yet. Roger Goldammer of Goldammer Cycle Works Ltd. in British Columbia took home the top prize with the “Goldmember” bike.  Along with winning $20,000, Goldammer took home the respect of his peers who voted his bike into the winners circle, beating out 19 hand-picked bike builders, including Kris Krome, Kirk Taylor, Jim Nasi and Satya Kraus, among others. Las Vegas Bikefest.

22 Responses to “Roger Goldammer Wins Las Vegas Artistry In Iron Competition.”

  1. 1 Joseph Mielke Nov 14th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Nobody can deny the craftsmanship this motorcycle holds. And the cool factor is off the charts.

    It is great to have builders like Roger forcing the rest of us to push our own limits. God knows I love Gofast Performance Customs!

    Great work and congrats!


  2. 2 John K. Endrizzi Nov 14th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    The best part for me is that the bike is no trailer queen ! It flat hauls ass. Roger set an AMA Land Speed Record in the 1000 APS PBF class with a speed of 150.732 mph not bad for a little single cylinder Baby Buell.

  3. 3 raycwheeler Nov 14th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Roger ,

    Great job .

    See you in Cincy and the Salt Flats next year .


  4. 4 Nicker Nov 14th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Not the standard formula.
    Chain Drive, Spoke wheels……… YES!
    A Real motorcycle, with a real purpose……. 🙂


  5. 5 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycle Co Nov 15th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    A custom bike that runs, rides and races. What a concept, congrats Roger!

  6. 6 Doc Robinson Nov 15th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    It’s one thing to take a cylinder off a v-twin motorcycle engine and mount a supercharger in its place to make a working engine in order to satisfy show judges that the bike does in fact run. It is quite another to make these mods work to the point that the bike can set a land speed record. But to do the complex engineering required and then showcase it in a beautiful setting like the rest of this bike, is yet taking it to another level. Roger, your win at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building was well deserved, as is winning the Artistry In Iron event. Congratulations.

  7. 7 Jack McIntyre Nov 16th, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Roger’s bike was truly amazing to see in person. I was the photographer for the Vegas Bikefest again this year and I not only have shots of this bike on my site (and last years winner as well), but we did a great HD VIDEO interview with Roger about this bike.

    If you get a chance, watch the interview

  8. 8 gustian Nov 16th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    RE : Nicker
    “Chain Drive, Spoke wheels……… YES!”

    I couldn’t agree more…… ,

    you can’t hide you’re ,like myself, convinced that a motorcycle has a chain and spoke wheels !

    Am I getting old …..? (lol)

    A real nice bike ! ! !


  9. 9 Nicker Nov 16th, 2008 at 10:01 pm


    “… Am I getting old? …”

    Ya, like the rest of us, one second at a time.
    But the difference between us and the younger guys is we value every second more…. 🙂


  10. 10 Mike Greenwald Nov 16th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    We not only value the seconds, we value life around us and Goldammer brings us as motorcyclists life.

  11. 11 RogerG Nov 17th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Hi guys, thanks to you all .Builing this machine was an incredibly rewarding challenge and better than winning any show (although the cash is always good !) is seeing it understood by people I respect.
    Cheers , Roger

  12. 12 psychodrew Nov 18th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    what is that thing

  13. 13 gustian Nov 18th, 2008 at 4:50 am

    RE :: Psychodrew

    “what is that thing”

    something you probably will understand within a couple of years…………..


  14. 14 JACK MCINTYRE Nov 18th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Roger,

    Did you check out the interview that we did with you in Vegas concerning this bike? It is is our ABSOLUTLY FREE area in the video section. Just scroll down and you will see it.


  15. 15 Fausto Simoes Nov 18th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Great Bike Roger! Now that’s what I call a Thumper!

  16. 16 Gar Nov 19th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Very, Very Nice!

    Gar Out

  17. 17 psychodrew Nov 20th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Gustian,I understand completely.But my question is still what is that thing.You would probably be proud to be seen on such.Myself after looking at it I would be ashamed to be seen next to such.Looks like something is very wrong with the way alot of guys are going today.But not the same mold as years ago.To each their own.But can you tell me what the @#!** is it.

  18. 18 gustian Nov 20th, 2008 at 5:54 pm


    I’ve seen enough long front-ends and 300-tires, and the most impossible wheel designs.
    For me, this bike is completely different, but simple and cool.
    About colour and taste, you cannot discuss, we used to say overhere.

    It’s only my humble opinion. To me it is cool.
    I guess it is my European origin, my age and my great affection for café-racers.
    And as I try to answer you question.
    What I see in it, is an original interpretation of a café-racer.


  19. 19 Mike Greenwald Nov 20th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    There is a blend in this design that maybe borh psychodrew will see. Years ago board trackers were made and they got followed by all sorts of racing designs. All of these bikes were created to achieve a goal. Similarly, bobbers, choppers, cafe racers, and many more combinations of ideas have been tried and tested.

    One of the most critical judges of any bike is yourself.

    Usually, you will jedge a bike based upon a fine eye for form and function or function and form. Psychodrew, you seem to have started your embrace of motorcycles and motorcycling durin a different era than gustian started. There is no fault with where you are plugged in.

    Psychodrew, I think that you may have the insight to take your custom parts business and expand it to bikes of this style and bikes of other styles. It may help you during lean times.

  20. 20 gustian Nov 20th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Mike,

    you are so right as you make your analyse.
    We are plugged in at other places and other times. And about this, there is much to talk about.

    I was born in 1956 in Belgium. My father always rode on Triumph with and without sidecar. That was his only wheels, you see. The motorcycle-virus hitted me at the time I could hardly walk.
    Even when I was 18 years old (the legal age for driving a motorcycle and a car over here), it was the choise of having, either a car or a bike. The money for both of it simply wasn’t available.
    To us, the bike was part of our life, not something to “show off”, if you know what I mean.
    Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad on beeing proud of your bike! I was too.

    Back in those years , we bikers made a statement chosing this “lifstyle”.
    In some places, we almost were looked at as criminals. Leather and/or grease garnements (remember the Belstaff-pants) was for the scum of the street. (didn’t make a difference, I was yet a police-officer that time )

    But in the late 80’s , the ‘higher society” over-here, discovered the motorcycle as a whole new statement. This time, you were cool and considered as “succesfull “in life and work,getting out in the street on a motorcycle. With this evolution, came the whole after-market, merchandising, fashion, etc, etc. It was giving a lot of work to many people, thanks God for this to happen. But for us, bikers of the early years, bikes began a bit to look all the same.

    The whole motorcycle industry made a big evolution, and still is. I try to follow it (I guess till I die) and sometimes , that one-bike comes along that makes me say, YES, that’s it !.
    I know this is verry personnal, but that’s exactly what the Goldammer-bike did to me.

    I’m not in the motorcycle bussines, only a truely biker for years, glad having found this blog.

    Hey, iff we all had the same taste, what would be left to discuss……?

    Respect and peace to all,


  21. 21 Nicker Nov 24th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Spot on Gustian.
    Thanks for saying it so well for many of us.


  22. 22 gustian Nov 25th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    You’re welcome Nicker,

    always a pleasure reading and (sometimes) writing on this blog.

    That way, I also keep up a bit my English (lol)


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