There is a happening every year in Sturgis that might not be on your radar but probably should be. The AMD World Championships of custom bike building. The AMD Championship has continued to bring the best builders together from not only the United States but form all over the world. The bike’s that come to this show range from classic choppers and state of the art baggers to engineering marvels that steer through the swing arm or like this years overall winner Freddy “Krugger” Bertrand of Belgium’s entry. Freddy’s show stopper had a completely adjustable chassis that it allowed the VRod equipped machine to go from a super low raked stance to a more aggressive sport riding stance by not only changing ride height but the actual rake angle as well. Freddy has a trio of third place finished to his credit and finally broke through this year with his out of the box entry.
J&P Cycles being an Official Partner of this event also has the responsibility to pick a winner for the “partner pick of excellence award, and in doing that uncovered a great story in itself in the form of Danny Schneider from Hardnine Choppers. Danny’s take on a 1942 WLA not only caught our eye but the judges as well taking third in the Modified Harley Davidson class. Danny is a former freestyle motocross rider from Switzerland who had an accident breaking 18 bones in his body leaving him looking for a different line of work. Judging by the reception that Danny’s bike “DMX” received at the World Championships we think he’s found his calling. This being only the 5th bike he’s built Danny has put himself on the fast track to bike building supremacy. The bike Danny created was even more impressive when you consider the Swiss laws which don’t allow for hardly any frame or engine modification, he was behind the eight ball from the beginning. The WLA stood out to us in a sea of unmatched fabrication and design as the little DMX bike made you think some thing the others didn’t…it made you want to ride it! And I don’t mean just putt up and down Main Street this bike screams for you to hop on it and find the nearest golf course and go rip it up! Lost in the “one upping” of wild ideas in today’s top level customs is the idea that motorcycles are meant to be ridden and that’s exactly what Danny does with this one. Quite possibly the coolest thing about this bike is the fact that this is his daily rider, not many builders in the show could claim that. Keep an eye on Danny and Hardnine Choppers you never know what’s rolling out of the shop for next years World Championship.