With 83 beautifully-crafted motorcycles entered in the competition, the 2009 AMD custom bike contest easily was one of the toughest fields ever.
It was standing room only under the giant white canopy of the Ace Café tent as custom motorcycle builders, industry people, and motorcycling fans gathered for the 6th Annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The caliber of the work entered in this show can best be described as jaw-dropping. I’ve been to my fair share of custom bike shows, but this show blew them all away, hands-down.
With 83 competitors from around the globe vying for the title of World Champion, including more international entries than ever before, the chances of an American bringing home the title were slim. But Dave Cook of Cook Custom Choppers out of Milwaukee, Wisc., shocked the crowd when he did just that , as he became the first American to claim the crown.
“This is a dream come true,” Cook said to the receptive crowd.
Dave Cook’s Rambler was considered by a panel of custom building peers to be the best-in-show at the 2009 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
Cook won the ‘Freestyle Class’ with an incredible bike he calls the ‘Rambler.’ The motorcycle defies classification, with its ground-skirting design, part bobber, part neo-modern boardtracker, with a Cook Banana Girder Extreme front end showcasing a 21-inch front Cook Custom spoked wheel balanced out with a rigid backside. The brakes are ingenuous, with Cook Perimeter rotors built in to the right sides of the wheels to keep the look of the front and back ultra-clean, while a Jaybrake Caliper applies the stopping power. The inline heads of the engine keeps the build svelte. Dave started with a 1973 Honda CB 550 transeverve four and mated it to a modified BMW 3-speed gearcase which he managed to get a 4-speed BMW gearset into. The entire drive line is composed of a hodge-podge of modified Honda, BMW, and Yamaha parts mixed in with Cook’s own one-off components, including the intake manifold, timing cover and assembly, the bell housing and exhaust. There are brass lines and nickel plating everywhere, all neatly tucked in a Cook one-off frame.
“This is a dream come true,” said Dave Cook.The Milwaukee-based custom bike builder has been the highest-placing American for a couple of years now, so it’s cool to see him finally win the ultimate prize.
Dave finally brought home the bacon after placing fourth last year. The award means even more considering the winner of the ‘Freestyle Class,’ from which the World Champion is selected, is voted on by fellow custom bike builders. The ‘Rambler’ easily distanced itself from its competitors, winning by a decisive 99 points over Kris Krome Customs Inc.’s entry entitled ‘Re-flex-tion.’
“I have dedicated the best part of three years to trying to win the World Championship, and finally I have achieved the ultimate recognition of my fellow professionals. It is very humbling,” Cook continued.
Dave hoisted the championship trophy proudly as he was joined by his team on the AMD stage. He also received a sweet diamond-encrusted championship ring and is entitled to the prestige that comes along with being recognized as the best custom motorcycle builder in-the-world.Congratulations, Dave, and all the hard-working guys at Cook Customs for being the first American team to win the World Champion title.
2009 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building Results -
The guys at JRL Customs are at it again, building another radial engine motorcycle that they entered in this year’s AMD contest.
1. Cook Customs (USA) Rambler
2. Kris Krome Customs Inc. (USA) Re-flex-tion
3. Krugger Speedshop (Belgium) Overmile
4. SE Service (Sweden) Harrier
5. Kraus Motor Co. (USA) Snatch
6. LC Fabrications (USA) TT Deluxe
7. Dotson Design (USA) Aileron
8. Mike Avila Motorsports (USA) Crazy Horse
9. TGS Motorcycles (Germany) Speed Junkey/Seppster 3
10. RK Concepts (USA) RK Chain
Modified Harley-Davidson Class Results –
1. Hot Dreams Marbella (Spain) Parafina
2. Roland Sands Design (USA) Black Beauty
3. Radical Customs (Canada) The Last Chapter
Metric World Championship Results –
1. Kris Krome Customs (USA) Re-flex-tion
2. Cook Customs (USA) Rambler
3. SE Service (Sweden) Harrier
Production Manufacturer Class Results –
1. Independent Cycle East (USA) Green Mile
2. Swift Motorcycle Co. (USA) The Speedway
3. Darwin Motorcycles (USA) Brass Balls ’69 Chopper’