Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Thunderbike World Champion Custom Bike Builder

AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building Sturgis 2012

Thunderbike, Germany, wins 9th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

For the first time an authorised Harley-Davidson dealer has scooped the custom motorcycle industry's design and engineering top prize.

Thunderbike, of Hamminkeln, near Essen in Germany, was chosen by fellow competitors and selected VIP judges to have built the stand-out 'class of 2012' custom motorcycle with 'PainTTLess', a hand crafted one-of-kind tour de force that oozes stunning design and engineering excellence from every angle.

Using a restored and modified 1000cc Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster engine in a one-off hand-built custom swingarm frame, Andreas Bergerforth and the dedicated team at Thunderbike ( have cemented their reputation as being among the world's foremost motorcycle customizers, following up on their multiple AMD European Championship wins and AMD World Championship top-five placings.

Their work received widespread acclaim for its attention detail, originality, quality of execution and design harmony, beating off stiff competition from a field of top quality examples of custom motorcycle craftsmanship from all over the world.

Thunderbike have made a double-dose of custom motorcycle industry history at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year - not only are they the first authorized Harley-Davidson dealer to take home the ultimate accolade for their work, but they are the first customizers from Germany to take top honors at the AMD World Championship.

Second place went to noted up-and-comer Jeremy Cupp (LC Fabrications of Crawford, Virginia. Jeremy came to World Championship program prominence in 2009 with a 6th and 14th finish in the 2009 AMD World Championship.

This year his 'Old Black', a hill climber based on a 1976 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster engine in a custom made rigid frame made Jeremy the winningest American competitor and secured him a place on 'Team USA' 2013 to go and compete in the 10th annual AMD World Championship at the Big Bike Europe expo at Essen, Germany in May 2013.

Third place was taken by Sam Reali and the team at Abnormal Cycles, near Milan, Italy ( with 'Speed Demon', a lovingly re-created homage to the days of Harley-Davidson board track racers. Featuring a 74 cubic inch Harley-Davidson JD engine from 1919 in a 1930 VL frame., their win made it a clean-sweep of the top placings for restored 'old-style' Harley-Davidson engines.

Winners of the Modified Harley-Davidson World Championship in 2011, Abnormal Cycles won through to the FreeStyle class at this year’s AMD World Championship by scooping top honors at the AMD World Championship program affiliate show staged at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in England in June this year.

More AMD World Championship results later today on my weblog!

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