Sunday 12th May 2013
While innovation has always been a hallmark of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, the 10th anniversary of the show reached a new level. Held for the first time in Europe, at the Big Bike Europe Expo in Essen, Germany, the Championship showcased motorcycles, scooters, trikes and sidecar outfits. Among the power units being employed by the 105 competitors were not only American V-twins, but also Italian singles and V-twins, Japanese multis and singles, a diesel, an engine from a Honda generator and even a 1920's boat engine. With entries from 23 countries there were a total of 122 machines in five classes.
Of the 66 bikes competing in the Freestyle class, the 2013 World Championship title was taken by Medaza Cycles' Rondine. Don Cronin and Michael O'Shea, the two Irish men responsible for the build created a one-off frame to carry the single-cylinder, 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 engine. They were also responsible for hand-forming the aluminium bodywork and the heavily modified V-Rod swingarm, which is used as a girder style front fork, on the bike which previously took top honours at the 2013 Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show in Dublin.
Monday 6th May 2013
The May edition of AMD magazine is available to read online or download to your PC at ...
The highlight this month is the Big Bike Europe show guide, which is going out with every copy of AMD (online and print) in addition to several thousand of the show guide pages having been printed for free-of-charge distribution to trade and consumer visitors to Big Bike Europe.
Being staged at the Essen Expo center in Germany, the show is the new permanent host event for the acclaimed AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building and is open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Friday May 10th, Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th. The show concludes with the World Championship awards presentation which will start at 16:00 hours on Sunday May 12th.
Friday 12th April 2013
The April edition of International Dealer News is available to read online or download to your PC at...
HIGHLIGHTS this month include news from ACEM, an Industry Extra feature on Italian based international suspension specialist Andreani Group, Editor Robin Bradley's comment on sales statistics and sales reports, including from Ducati and MV Agusta, all this in addition to our usual product news and motorcycle fashion round-ups.
You are invited - Big Bike Europe is just under a month away! Have you registered for your VIP 'Access All Areas' pass for Big Bike Europe yet?
To secure your industry VIP pass e-mail me at sv@BigBikeEurope.com, quoting code number IDN2013. I will need with your business name, and the names and job titles of those wishing to attend. We will then provide you with access credentials in advance of the show.
You can see a full list of exhibitors at www.bigbikeeurope.com/exhibitors
Though based in Germany, BBE is a genuinely international expo concept, with industry visitors already registered from more than 30 countries worldwide.
Wednesday 3rd April 2013
The April edition of AMD magazine is available to read online or download to your PC at ...
Highlights this month include a 10-page report from this year's V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati, including the Class of 2013 industry photo (page 24), news of slow authorized dealer sales in the latest AMD/Baird survey, a look at 'Gryphon', a 2012 AMD World Championship entry by Swede Cläes Warefors, and a round up from London's new CUSTOM: ExCel show, in addition to our usual product news round-up.
You are invited - Big Bike Europe is just over a month away! Have you registered for your VIP 'Access All Areas' pass for Big Bike Europe yet?
Remember, entry on the first day, Friday May 10th, is strictly by invitation only - to secure your pass e-mail me at sv@BigBikeEurope.com, quoting code number AMD2013, with your business name, and names and job titles of those wishing to attend. We will then provide you with access credentials in advance of the show.
You can see a full list of exhibitors at www.bigbikeeurope.com/exhibitors and check out the 100+ builders who have entered the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at www.amdchampionship.com
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Thursday 28th March 2013
Quebec, Canada based frame manufacturer Rolling Thunder has chosen the upcoming Big Bike Europe expo to spearhead its 2013 European sales and marketing campaign.
A design-build manufacturer who uses state of the art equipment at its 30,000 square foot facility (approx 280 square meters), Rolling Thunder pioneered wide rear tire and right side drive chassis engineering and continues to be the market leading frame company in North America.
The company has always exported to Europe, and owner Fred Vaillancourt said that "we have always done well in Europe but AMD's new show offers us the chance to be able to meet all our customers face to face for the first time. We are excited about the Big Bike Europe concept and look forward to being a part of the show's growth in the years ahead".
BIG BIKE EUROPE is the all-new custom and performance industry expo concept catering exclusively to the international parts, accessories, custom, performance, service, workshop and tuning vendor community.
Thursday 28th March 2013
AS at March 25th there are 98 builders from 23 countries registered to enter 126 bikes in total at Essen, Germany, for the 10th annual AMD World Championship - the first to be held in Europe at its new permanent host event, the BIG BIKE EUROPE expo.
The classes are the acclaimed Freestyle class, from which the 10th annual World Champion will be selected (by the class of 2013 competitors), plus the Modified Harley-Davidson, 'Retro-Mod' and Street Performance classes, with the S&S sponsored Production Manufacturer ShowCase (for bikes with a Certificate of Conformity), making this likely to be the best AMD World Championship for years - you can see the full list of entries so far at www.amdchampionship.com
Having made a final increase in the available space for World Championship bikes, there are now only 30 more bike spaces available.
And it isn't only Championship bike space that is in short supply!
Wednesday 20th March 2013
WIZARDS Products has teamed up with the World Championship of Custom Bike Building to be the exclusive provider of cleaning and polishing products for the 2013 event in Essen, Germany. Damon Willis, National Sales Manager of Wizards' motorcycle division, says; "We are thrilled to be selected for this honor; for over 26 years Wizards Products has been passionate about bringing the highest quality detailing and finishing products to the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to share great products with some phenomenal builders and good friends."
Wizards will be providing a selection of its detailing products to all of the 2013 competitors at this year's World Championship to help perfect their stunning creations. Three days of intense scrutiny and judging starts when the competition opens to invited trade visitors and their VIP guest riders on Friday May 10th.