The AMD World Championship of custom bike building is something I usually check out for interesting builds, but last year, I totally missed it, maybe you did, too. So I was surprised when I was flipping the pages of the latest Motorcyclist magazine and saw the Rambler by Cook Customs. Dave Cook, from Milwaukee won it last year with a bike that could fool you if you glanced at it quickly. You might think someone took an old Indian 4 or some similar engine and built a rigid frame around it, but this engine is no Indian, it’s from a mid 70s Honda CB550! The transmission is a BMW 4 speed R75 gear set in a Cook modified BMW R25 3 speed case with a Yamaha Virago shaft drive assembly. Dave built a girder front end and added perimeter brakes and a lot of other hand fabricated pieces, too.
The Honda 550 engine turned sideways looks very vintage with the hand fabricated exhaust and intake manifolds plus the exposed oil and fuel lines and everything else. Nice out of the box thinking. I like it.