Not bad for somebody who decided to become a full-time Custom Builder only in 2002 (after being a semi-pro during a dozen of years). As soon as the custom bikes were setup under the giant white tent of the 2009 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building in Sturgis, the pros of the industry were buzzing about Dave Cook’s latest creation called “Rambler”. Yes, at first glance he was a favorite and on Wednesday in Sturgis saw his triumph, meaning a full year of World Champion bragging rights, a lot of magazine features, interviews, but more important for the industry extra motivation to defend his title next year and stimulation for all Custom Builders.
83 top-of-the-line custom motorcycles from around the world (compared to 67 in 2008), competed in this year’s event showcasing the most amazing display of custom motorcycles. Judging and voting is made by competitors. After being declared the winner Dave Cook of Cook Custom Choppers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stated , “I have dedicated the best part of the last 3 years trying to win the World Championship, and finally I have achieved the ultimate recognition of my fellow professionals. It is very humbling”
Highlights Of Dave Cook Rambler Bike: 2009 Model 43. Engine Make / Size: 550cc “International”. Transmission Type: BMW 4speed R75 gear set in Cook modified BMW R25 3 speed case. Frame Make / Type: Cook Customs rigid. Front End: Cook Banana girder “extreme”. Rake: 35 degrees. Wheels: Front Cook Customs 21″, Rear Cook Customs 21″. Tires – Avon. Brakes: Front & Rear”: Cook Perimeter rotors/Jaybrake Caliper
Dominated by builders from Canada, Japan and Europe for the first 5 years, this year 7 of the top 10 competitors are from the USA. Second place is Kris Krome, of Freeland, Michigan. Third place went to Freddie “Krugger” Bertrand from Belgium. Fourth place went to Stellan Egeland from Sweden and fith place to Satya Kraus of Cazedero, California. I will feature their bikes very soon. Dave Cook Custom Choppers. (Picture copyright AMD/Horst Rosler).
Other winners in other classes. Modified Harley-Davidson Class 1- Hot Dreams Marbella. 2-Roland Sands Design. 3- Radical Kustoms. Metric World Championship. 1- Kris Krome Customs. 2. Cook Customs. 3. SE Service. Production Manufacturer Class. 1-Independent Cycle East 2- Swift Motorcycle Co. 3- Darwin Motorcycles