About the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building
The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (the ‘AMD’) is a unique custom bike competition.
AMD Magazine invented many new bike show features to create a custom bike competition in which the results could be trusted, with a judging system that was open, honest and fair – a competition that gave all competitors an equal opportunity to have their craftsmanship and ideas judged, regardless of who they were or where they were from.
Judging is by ‘Peer Group Review’ – it is the competitors themselves (plus a few carefully chosen custom industry VIP judges and past competitors) who vote for who will represent them as their World Champion.
‘Peer Group Review’ is how top scientific research and papers are judged by fellow scientists, and we use the same principle for judging custom bikes – who better to pass judgement than those who themselves build custom bikes?
The AMD World Champion is always voted for from the ‘FreeStyle’ class. In 2016 additional classes included Cafe Racer, Street Performance, Modified Harley-Davidson® and Retro Mod.
The class structure has been carefully designed to reflect design and engineering considerations rather than personal styling choices and preferences as such.
The ‘AMD’ is intended to reward motorcycle design and engineering quality – with the premium being on originality and hand-craftsmanship. All builders must provide a ‘Run Test Video’ before their bike can compete.