Intermot Expo Germany Will Host The 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building

1ZenMotorcyclesAfter Las Vegas, Sturgis and Essen in Gernany, the AMD World Championship is going to move again in 2014 to Cologne (Köln), Germany where it will be hosted by the respected Intermot Expo (October 1 to 5.) The AMD World Championship will rotate between Intermot and Big Bike Europe (BBE) as alternate-annual expos at the Cologne Expo center – the next BBE therefore being in October 2015, and biennial thereafter.

2RocketBobsAll these moves can appear a little bit confusing to the competition participants. Explanation” the 2013 AMD World Championship/Big Bike Europe inaugurated a new location in May in Essen, Germany. Was it the date, the lack of marketing or both, public attendance was very modest, as reported to me by the American vendors who made the trip to promote their products to Europeans. Only 2 American builders made the trip to Essen in 2013 to compete in this Championship Of Bike Building.  

2MedazaCyclesNow, Robin Bradley, owner of the AMD organization, is going to try to capitalize upon the attendance of Intermot, one of the world’s premier international motorcycle industry event. The Intermot Expo routinely attracts between 200,000 and 250,000 trade and consumer visitors, from over 100 countries.

Intermot Project Manager Ingo Riedeberger says that “we are delighted to have made a multi-year agreement to host the AMD World Championship. With AMD’s help, through its custom show affiliation program, we have made progress in developing the custom content of Intermot in line with our ambition to make sure that Europe’s leading international motorcycle industry and enthusiast expo can speak effectively to all sectors of the international powered two-wheel industry. (photography of top 3 winners, of 2013 World Championship Of Bike Building)

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9 Responses to “Intermot Expo Germany Will Host The 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building”


  1. 1 Rodent Jan 18th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    It’s time for the United States to have championships and screw the rest of the world

  2. 2 Vincent Jan 18th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I would understand having the AMD show 1 year in the US 1 year in Europe. US builders are not going to send their bikes to Europe at their expense. So, the AMD is no more a world championship. Anyone wants to launch a TRUE world championship of bike building?

  3. 3 Sheriff Jan 18th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Everything has it´s time, AMD is now history.
    As I remember the organizers of each independent show payed winner a certain sum for transportation bike+owner.

  4. 4 Josh Parker Jan 18th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How many european builders were never payed or refunded their trip to the US?

  5. 5 nicker Jan 18th, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Judging by the TV “build-offs,” construction competition has become less compelling over time.
    Seems the most interesting thing about shows is simply to see new ideas.
    And so the less relevant any attempts at qualifying/evaluating them would be.

    You see it here.
    The comments are all over the map.
    And every one is valid from some individual’s perspective.

    So bring on the pictures and let us all get a good look and say what we like & dislike.
    But as i see it, the concept of a “custom scooter build competition” really needs an overhaul.
    (not to mention trying to engineer a “TRUE wold championship”)

    Just MHO
    -nicker-

  6. 6 AFT Jan 20th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    AMD helped the Europeans come here for 10 years. In 2012 Robin had a meeting with us & said he wanted to TRY to help us, TPJ, Kraus, & Kiwi with shipping & other expenses. Last we talked he said the funds weren’t available. They help 1 US builder from the Ultimate Builder series & that’s it. It’s not a true World Championship any longer. If they can show higher profits from the Intermot show maybe they can help the Americans. The industry needs to support all shows instead of being negative. We can’t afford to lose any more. This show raised the bar in custom bike building. A lot of you here talk shit on these bikes. These builders have brought many new ideas & concepts to the table & the industry has benefited from it. A lot of new products have come to market as well. On Cyril’s home page he has the 12 steps. One of which is about dream factory. With out dreamers & innovators we still be riding horses.
    The bike show scene needs to evolve. I’m not seeing many young people under 30 attend shows. Not sure what the answer is. Young kids aren’t even that interested in car ownership. When we were young that’s all we thought of. The auto makers are really worried about what their poll results are telling them. Makes me wonder how they expect to get to work (if they even want to work).

  7. 7 Chris Berger Jan 21st, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    No american bike builder is going to travel to Europe and transport his custom at his expense to compete in this show. AMD is no more a world chamionship of bike building, just a regonal bike show. If the next winner in Germany is named “World Champion”, I will laugh.

  8. 8 Terence Tory Jan 21st, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    AFT,I think you are right about the youngs.I think they see bikers and builders as old men with bad attitudes who try to solve deep seated issues by building bikes that could have been dealt with and smoothed over with cognitive therapy in their teenage years.It’s all very Zen and the art of Motorcycle in action,but not notion.

    The fact that the age of the average biker is around fifty means the young guys don’t want to hang with their grandfathers.

  9. 9 nicker Jan 24th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    RE:
    “…. the youngs.I think they see bikers and builders as old men…”

    As i see it “the youngs” could care less about anything other than the internet and smart phone apps.

    -nicker-

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