Medaza Cycles out of Ireland captured the 2013 AMD World Championships’ Freestyle Class title with ‘Rondine’ featuring a horizontally-mounted 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 Single-cylinder engine and hand-formed aluminum bodywork.
France’s Zen Motorcycles made two trips to the stage at the 2013 AMD World Championships including accepting second place in the Freestyle Class for its Buell-powered ‘Tribute to Hagakure.’
Rocket Bobs out of the UK earned third place in the AMD World Championship’s Freestyle Class for its Gas’d Rat, what creator Pete Pearson calls a rocket bobber.
While innovation has always been a hallmark of the AMD World Championships of Custom Bike Building, the 10th anniversary of the show reached a new level. Held for the first time in Europe at the Big Bike Europe Expo in Essen, Germany, this year’s Championship showcased motorcycles, scooters, trikes and sidecars. Among the powerplants being employed by the 105 competitors were not only American V-Twins, but also Italian Singles and V-Twins, Japanese multi-cylindered engines and Singles, a diesel, an engine from a Honda generator and even a 1920s boat engine. Entries in this year’s show included 23 countries with 122 machines competing across five classes.
Of the 66 bikes competing in the Freestyle class, the 2013 World Championship title was taken by Medaza Cycles’ “Rondine.” Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea, the two Irish men responsible for the build, created a one-off frame to carry the horizontally-mounted, Single-cylinder 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 engine. They were also responsible for hand-forming the aluminum bodywork and the heavily modified V-Rod swingarm, which is used as a girder-style front fork. The bike previously took top honors at the 2013 Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show in Dublin.
Laurent Dutruel of Zen Motorcycles originally built “Tribute to Hagakure” because he wanted to take it to Bonneville and compete during Speed Week. Although there is no official record for a fully rigid bike, Laurent took his motorcycle with the bicycle-inspired frame and a Buell engine up to 208 kph on the Salt. His minimalist motorcycle has now followed that achievement with second place laurels in the Freestyle class at this year’s AMD World Championships.
Pete Pearson, of Rocket Bobs in the UK, describes his third place winner in the 2013 Freestyle Class called “Gas’d Rat,” as: “A rocket bobber built from a Shovel-powered, fully redesigned, re-engineered and fabricated FXS.”
In a first for the AMD Championships, 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 fiber gas tank and an oil-in-frame set-up.
Claiming the win for Italy in the Retro Modified class was Inglourious Basterds Cycles with “Bastarda Senza Gloria,” a ‘48/’79 Pan/FX Shovel hybrid engine special fitted with the company’s own adjustable Springer front end.
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 there attempt to set a record on the bike in the 1350 M-PBG class.
Completing the line-up of winners was Second City Customs from the UK, whose bike “The Naughty Gentleman” took S&S Cycle’s Recognition Award in the Production Manufacturer class.
Next year the 11th annual World AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building will again be staged at the Big Bike Europe Expo in Essen, Germany, four weeks earlier in the business cycle on 11th, 12th and 13th.
Also new for 2014 will be a cafe racer World Champion class.