AS part of the Motor Company's 110th activities, an AMD World Championship program custom show was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum Campus in Milwaukee during a weekend of celebrations. Organized by Bob Kay's Biker Pros team, the event included four AMD Invitational classes (Freestyle, Radical Bagger, Retro Mod, and Mod Harley) and saw one lucky winner scoop an expenses prize to compete at next year's AMD World Championship at the second annual Big Bike Europe expo at Essen in Germany in April.
In the Freestyle class it was Shaun Ruddy who took top honors with his Chop Deville. As a part of his class win Shaun will be traveling to Essen, Germany, in 2014 to compete in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building as part of the Team USA incentive to bring US-based builders over the World Championship now that it is being held in Europe.
Ruddy's bike takes the boar tracker theme to extremes with its stretched and raked frame and tall thin wheels. At the front of the bike there is a radical Deville leading link fork carrying progressive-rate, coil over, nitrogen shocks from a dirt bike, while the whole package is powered by a motor said to put out 167hp. A 2012 custom Indian was good enough to take second in Freestyle for Jesse Bassett from The Gasbox, with third place being taken by Daniel Sanchez from Cut Throat Customs with Tracker.
Blacksmith Motoring Company's 2008 Retroliner, named El Vendetta, was the winning Radical Bagger and featured a stroked, turbocharged and nitrous injected motor along with Blacksmith Phantom remote control air ride suspension and a 26in front wheel conversion. A 2010 Road Glide took second for Scott Baugh, and the Roys Toys Customs' Beelzebub 2004 custom Bagger of Roy Martin rounded out the top three.
Former World Championship top three finisher Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications placed first in the Retro Mod class with his 1976 Ironhead Old Black, which features two rear cylinder heads and dual final drive chains. Copper Mike, from Gravesend Cycles placed second in class with his '47 Knucklehead and third place went to Once in a While, a '45 Flathead by Paul Anderson.
After placing top five in the 2013 World Championship Modified Harley class a the World Championship, Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers, took first place in the same class at the Milwaukee celebration show with the bike Firehouse Racer. The 1985 FXR, Sudden Impact, from Cory Edwards took second in the Modified Harley class and third was awarded to Clay Rathburn, from Atomic Bomb Motorcycles, for his Sportster.