One particularly worthwhile criticism of the custom motorcycle scene in general is that builders often choose to make super expensive eye candy that's nearly impossible to ride and is therefore completely devoid of any real usefulness. American Chopper aside, thankfully we've been seeing a gradual shift away from blinged-out two-wheeled jewelry over the last few years, and this year's AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building offers some prime examples.
Most notable is winner Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand, who is no stranger to the scene, having placed as high as third in the Championship in three separate years. His title-winning machine for 2010 is pretty spectacular – power from a liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson V-Rod engine means that it's fast, but it's the transforming frame that's truly exceptional.
With the flick of a switch, the bike can be changed from a cruiser (23.8-inch seat height, 30-degree rake, 4.7 inches of trail and 6.7 inches of ground clearance) to a sportbike of sorts (30.5-inch seat height, 23-degree rake, 3.1 inches of trail and 9.3 inches of clearance). There are two sets of foot controls that the rider can use, depending on which mode the bike is in.
Second place went to Thunderstruck Custom Bike's Sniper, which is a much more traditional-style long and low chopper powered by a highly customized Indian Power Plus engine. We're more interested in the third place bike, The Machine by Yuri Shif Custom. It's got an air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine made up of parts from a BMW R71 and a Russian K-750. Oh yeah, and a supercharger sitting up top.
Fourth place went to Garage 65's Kcosmodrive and fifth went to another bike we love called the Beezerker from Speed Shop Design. Check out all five machines in our high-res image gallery below and see the press release after the break.
[Source: AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building]
Wednesday 11th August 2010
Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand is now wearing the World Champions' ring after being named the 2010 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
The bike with which he claimed the title was built for Veon Motorcycle's owner Peer Toftner and features a unique electronically adjustable frame system developed by Peer (pictured, left, with World Champion 'Freddie' Krugger) in conjunction with Dutch designer Mark van der Kwaak. At the flick of a switch the V-Rod engined bike can be transformed from a low-riding cruiser with long rake to sport bike mode with a shorter wheelbase and steeper rake. The radical machine even has two sets of foot controls to match each style of riding.
Krugger's win in the Championship follows on from third places in both 2004 and 2005, a 13th place in 2008 and another third last year.
The highest placed domestic builder for 2010 is second placed Mark Daley of Thunder Struck Cycles. His placing reflects the level of engineering involved in the building of the engine in his entry - Sniper. The Indian Powerplus motor used in the bike has had the inlet and outlet ports reversed with the heads welded and machined to allow the correct sized valves to be operated by the reverse grind cam.
For the first time in the Championship's history a builder from Belarus brought a bike to Sturgis and was duly rewarded with third place for his efforts. Yuri Shif, the proprietor of Yuri Shif Customs took inspiration from German '30s race cars for the styling of his long, low bike and then took the German influence even further by joining two early BMW Boxer engines at the cranks. Not satisfied with the engineering needed to achieve that feat he then reversed the rear pair of heads to allow him to feed all four inlet ports via a supercharger.
Having already placed in the top three in the Freestyle Class at the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building it became a double celebration for Yuri Shif when he was called to the stage to receive the Metric World Champion's trophy too, having won the class by a clear margin.
The European domination of the results sheet continued with Sergio Bayarri, of Sbay Motor Company claiming the win in the Production Manufacturer class with his race inspired Flying, The bike, which replicates Ducati geometry has been developed and tested on European race track and the tires show the strain of hard riding on the track.
With support from Harley-Davidson and a Screamin' Eagle motor being awarded to the winner, the competition in the Modified Harley class was the stiffest ever seen in the events history, and once again it was a European builder that triumphed. Shaw Harley-Davidson's Strike True II polled the votes in the judging and saw the trophy heading to the UK, another first in the show's seven-year history.