After witnessing the creativity and talent on display Sunday night at this year’s AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at Sturgis
, the show has the potential to rank as one of the most competitive ever. Champions Hall at 3rd and Lazelle Street was packed with some of the most gifted custom bike
'Son of a Gun' by Lamb Engineering's Larry Houghton started with a 1951 BSA 500 db32 Goldstar engine he found on eBay.
This is one of the most beautifully crafted motorcycle sidecars we've ever seen. Excellent job, Abnormal Cycles.
AFT Customs brought its bike that won the recent LA Calendar Show called 'Sentoh' to compete in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.
builders from across the globe for a VIP preview party and Partner Awards Ceremony. We will see a new world champion crowned this year as defending champion Fred “Krugger” Bertrand of Belgium was notably absent.
The 8th annual Sturgis AMD contest is a true international affair, with competitors from 19 different countries vying for the prestigious Freestyle title. The Freestyle class will also be the most hotly contested with 43 entries. The Modified Harley class has the second highest number of contestants at 14, while the Performance Custom and Production Manufacturer classes both have 12. In all, 11 different engine manufacturers are represented in the work of the competitors, from Harley Evos to BMW Boxers, Honda CB750s to S&S V-Twins.
The night gave the AMD a chance to honor its sponsors and for the media to get a peek at some of the early frontrunners. The range of motorcycles in the 2011 competition runs the gamut, from radicals enveloped in heavy bodywork to bikes stripped down to the essentials.
Though it’s way too early to declare a winner, a few bikes were creating a buzz. Lamb Engineering’s Larry Houghton has a strong contender in his beautiful BSA-powered “Son of a Gun.” It all started with a 1951 BSA 500 db32 Goldstar engine he scored off eBay which he built a sleek, streamline frame around. Satya Krauss of Kraus Motor Co. is another one to watch. Satya says his bike is designed in the spirit of Tourist Trophy motorcycles and is powered by a 93 cubic-inch S&S Shovelhead engine mated to a Baker Powerbox drivetrain. With a metal finish, the bike is raw and elemental. AFT Customs Jim Guiffra’s entry called “Sentoh
” is another strong contender. Guiffra used a 1970 Honda CB750 engine with a single Mikuni HSR45 carb and mounted it in a striking hand-built perimeter frame. A floating tank and Race Tech racebike suspension complete the racy package. Abnormal Cycles out of Italy brought over one of the coolest sidecars we’ve ever seen. It’s got 1942 Harley-Davidson
Model U 74″ side-valve engine and an art deco sidecar covered in Titanium leaf with a wood-paneled interior. Who will walk away with the title? We’ll let you know Wednesday when the awards ceremony is held.