Officially, the best custom bikes in the world

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The recent Intermot show in Cologne didn't just showcase over 30 totally new models from nearly all the major bike manufacturers, it also featured the World Championship finals of the renowned AMD custom bike competition.

Out of all the custom competitions held around the world, the bi-annual AMD show is the one most custom builders want to win a trophy at. The 2016 event featured five classes, 82 bikes and 67 builders from 23 counties. If you’re going to nab a prize at this show your bike has to be good, very good.


The AMD show is judged by peer group review, the competitors themselves (and selected VIP judges) choose who will represent them as World Champion for the two years ahead.

First place in the Freestyle class grabs top honours and just about anything goes, with one-off, ground-up built custom bikes, on all or any chassis platforms or drivetrains. The other classes are subject to stringent rules but are nevertheless equally jaw dropping... 

1st place Freestyle class

Rumble Racer, Suicide Customs Inc Anjyo City. Japan

2nd place Freestyle class

Simple Iron, Naumann & Co. Schermbeck. Germany

3rd place Freestyle class

Sansen & Gangi Jewelers, Krugger Motorcycles Basse Bodeux. Belgium

1st place Modified Harley Davidson class

Milwaukee Mile, German-Motorcycle-Authority Cologne. Germany

1st place Retro/Modified class

Big Kahuna, PDF Motociclette Bergamo. Italy

1st place Cafe racer class

Beckman, Iron Custom Motorcycles (ICM) Kharkov. Ukraine


1st place Street Performance class

Road Fever, Medaza Cycles Cork. Ireland


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Ped Baker

By Ped Baker

Former MCN Managing Editor (Digital & Events)