As many of our readers interested in custom-built motorcycles know, the World Championship of Custom Bike Building is held every year by American Motorcycle Dealer (AMD) magazine in Sturgis, South Dakota—it’s one of the main events in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The championship is divided in three classes: Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, and Production Manufacturer. Let’s take a look at the 10 best Freestyle Class custom bikes in this year’s championship. In the Freestyle Class any design or modification is accepted.
Freestyle Class 1st Place, World Champion, Thunderbike (Germany)
Thunderbike from Germany won the first place in this class with their custom motorcycle called “PainTTless.” The German builders restored and modified 1000cc Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster engine and used a one-off, hand-built custom swingarm frame.
Freestyle 2nd place, LC Fabrications (USA)
Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications based in Crawford, Virginia won second place with his bike “Old Black”, a hill climber with a 1976 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster engine in a custom-made rigid frame.
Freestyle 3rd place, Abnormal Cycles (Italy)
Third in this category came Sam Reali and his team Abnormal Cycles from Italy. Their custom bike, “Speed-Demon” was built on a 1930 VL frame and has a 74 cubic inch Harley-Davidson JD engine from 1919.