AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. The Top Winners.

OWC-GENERAL-USE-LOGO-WLast weekend, May 10-12th, for its 10th anniversary, the World Championship of Custom Bike Building was held for the first time in Europe, at the Big Bike Europe Expo in Essen, Germany. 105 competitors from 23 countries presented a total of 122 machines ranging from American V-twins, to Italian singles and V-twins, to Japanese multis and singles, a diesel, an engine from a Honda generator and even a 1920’s boat engine!

Trophies were decided in 5 categories. 1- Freestyle (One-off, ground-up built custom bikes, on all or any chassis platforms or drivetrains). 2- Modified Harley-Davidson (Any Harley-Davidson model where the stock frame/Harley platform geometry is maintained. Frames and cases can be from two different Harley-Davidsons) 3- Production Manufacturer (Stock or specialised versions of EU homologated / street legal low volume-produced models) 4- Retro/Modified (Any modified bike, with any drive train on any chassis configuration manufactured prior to 1984. Use of some contemporary parts/design elements is permitted) 5- Street Performance (A class designed to showcase customs where the primary intention of the customizer is to improve the street-use performance of a motorcycle)

And the 2013 winners are (photography courtesy AMD Frank sander & Onno Wieringa)

Freestyle-World-Champion-Medaza-CyclesFreestyle-World-Champion-Medazabis-CyclesFreestyle-World-Champion-Medazater-Cycles2013 World Champion Of Custom Bike Building. Medaza Cycles wild custom called “Rondine” Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea, the two Irish men responsible for the build created a one-off frame to carry the single-cylinder, 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 engine. They were also responsible for hand-forming the aluminium bodywork and the heavily modified V-Rod swingarm, which is used as a girder style front fork, on a bike which previously took top honors at the 2013 Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show in Dublin
Freestyle-2nd-Zen-Motorcycles-Tribute-to-HagakureFreestyle Class. 2nd Place. French Laurent Dutruel originally built his tribute bike Hagakure to race in Bonneville. It’s a fully rigid bike.

Freestyle-3rd-Rocket-BobsFreestyle Class. 3rd Place. Pete Pearson, of Rocket Bobs in the UK, describes his custom “Gas’d Rat” as: “A rocket bobber built from a Shovel powered, fully redesigned, re-engineered and fabricated FXS.”

Mod-Harley-1st-Rough-CraftsModified Harley-Davidson Class. 1st Place. In a first for the Championship, a Taiwanese builder took a class win when Winston Yeh, of Rough Crafts, lifted the trophy in the Modified Harley class for his all black, Sportster-based “Stealth Bullet”, which featured a carbon gas tank and an oil-in-frame conversion.

Retro-Mod-1st-Inglourious-Basterds-CyclesRetro Modified Class. 1st Place. Italian builder Inglourious Basterds Cycles won this category with “Bastarda Senza Gloria” a ‘48/’79 Pan/FX Shovel special fitted with the company’s own adjustable Springer front end.

Street-Performance-1st-Zen-Motorcycles-XR1200-TurboStreet Performance Class. 1st Place. Laurent Dutruel was called to the stage a second time when his turbo charged XR1200 was named the winner of the Street Performance class. Laurent now plans to ship the bike to the US in the summer so that he can ride from San Francisco to the Bonneville Salt Flats and once again attempts to set a record on the bike in the 1350 M-PBG class.

Production-Mfr-S&S-Recognition-Award---Second-City-CustomsProduction Manufacturer Class. 1st Place. UK based shop Second City Customs whose bike “The Naughty Gentleman” took S&S Cycle’s recognition award in the Production Manufacturer class.

14 Responses to “AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. The Top Winners.”

  1. 1 Grant May 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Very nice sleds.

  2. 2 Shifter May 13th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Cyril, you need to write a full feature ob number 1, 2, 3.

  3. 3 Bravo May 13th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Bravo says bravo.

  4. 4 Greeko May 13th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Again, europeans show the way.

  5. 5 P. Hamilton May 13th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Exhaust system of number one! Wow…

  6. 6 ValueTeck Enterprises LLC May 13th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Those are some damn nice scoots there!

  7. 7 Black Country Lad May 13th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Nice to see England represented (Second City). That’s bostin bike ower kid – as we say in Birmingham, UK (and even Bromsgrove).

  8. 8 Dave May 13th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Good to see the performance class actually have a winning bike that has performance

  9. 9 Septic the Sceptic May 13th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    The Pan with coffee coloured wheels, Wow.

    And the winning Gootzee, Double WOW.

  10. 10 bigitch May 13th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    not much distance to be made on that gas tank

  11. 11 JC May 13th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats to all but especially my donut eating brother Pete Pearson with his 3rd place finish. What a great ideas, build, execution. and killer details. Nothing but luv for ya brother!!

  12. 12 Blue May 15th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    @’Black Country Lad’.England was also represented by Pete rolling in a magnificent 3rd place and Krazy Horse in 3rd in the Performance category.

  13. 13 Djojo May 16th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The bobber boys are killing the industrie.
    What happens to the real harley boys .
    We got to fight them .
    Scrap yard junk
    I like to see new things not things that has bin.
    Wake up !!!
    Its 2013 not 1970
    Anyone can put stuf together
    Build it ur self thats the art .

  14. 14 Blue May 17th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    ‘Build it ur self thats the art’.

    Indeed it is. But do you think those bikes materialised out of thin air? I’ve watched two of the bikes in the top 3 being built by hand, hard work and long hours by one man (in the case of Pete Pearson’s Gas’d Rat) and 2 – Don and Mick – in the World Championship winner and I don’t doubt that applies to most of those bikes.

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