The results are in for the 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building held at Sturgis, SD, and looking over the winners, it's plain as day the world has changed dramatically from only a few years ago. The stretched out, fat tire bikes have given way to all sorts of bikes, visually radical to be sure, but often aimed at performance instead of static display and some even focused on keeping costs to a minimum.
Consider the 1st place winner TAVAX2011V from Tavax Engineering of Japan. Sure, it's a radical styling statement, but there are no super tall or super fat tires, just 17 inch Marchesini wheels and Dunlop tires on both ends. Lots of sculptured aluminum but a single shock rear suspension and out front the suspension begins at the axle as a leading link fork, which then changes via a pair of links into a springer fork. It's really focused on the metal work with a bit of interesting engineering.
The 2nd place bike, Son of a Gun from Lamb Engineering of the U.K. started with an eBay 1951 BSA single and Talon motocross wheels. Builder Larry Houghton found most everything either in a friends scrap bin or on eBay and fabricated and machined the components. Total cost, including the gold paint, was under $9000.
Jumping to 4th place is Spacester, an interesting much modified 1987 Sportster XL1200. It has Suzuki wheels plus builder fabricated discs with scooter calipers and some rather smooth bodywork. Maybe a Sportster will look like this in the year 2030.
Here's the rundown of all of the winners:
World Championship Freestyle Class Results
Modified Harley-Davidson Championship sponsored by Harley-Davidson - Results
Production Manufacturer Championship Results
Performance Custom Championship Results
Link: AMD World Championship