AMD World Championships: Boy, Do We Know How to Pick ’em

//AMD World Championships: Boy, Do We Know How to Pick ’em

AMD World Championships: Boy, Do We Know How to Pick ’em

Once again, the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building set up shop smack dab in the middle of Sturgis and true to form, exhibited the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to fabrication. In fact, it appeared to us that fabrication skills were on display more so this year than bike-building skills.

Functionality appeared to be lost in the translation on a lot of these entries. To us, it looked like builders were more intent on showing off their insane engineering and fabrication pieces, and the motorcycles themselves were secondary. So as Zach and I cruised the isles looking for the perfect machine for our Partner Pick of Excellence Award, we had ourselves with few bikes from which to choose. That’s when we ran across the “Union,” and we instantly knew we’d found what we were looking for.

Union is a sidehack Harley-Davidson “U” model built by Abnormal Cycles from Italy. Entered in the Modified Harley-Davidson motorcycle class, it’s a bike that’s done so well it should have come out of the factory that way. Its customization is so smoothly coordinated that the trick parts just seem to creep up on you while you stare at it. No overpowering-smack-you-in-the-face customization here.

The bike is mind-subtle and mind-blowing at the same time. Half the fun was watching people’s faces as they stared at the bike and new innovations appeared. You could actually see the light bulb go on over their heads. Besides being impressive builders, the guys from Abnormal Cycles were the most enthusiastic group I’ve ever seen. And that enthusiasm was contagious as they picked up first-place honors in the modified Harley-Davidson class. I guess we know a winner when we see one!

But don’t take my word for it. The AMD Championships are doing a 2011 Web Favorite Award this year and you’re certainly welcome to put your own two cents in the mix. Just follow the link and you can view all the technical specs and pics of the AMD bikes and cast your vote for your favorite.

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.


  1. GYPSY October 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    IF THE WORD WOW , IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT ! as i own a bike shop myself and understand the time and thought to every piece. the pieces that go , should be pleasing to the eye ,but functional as well . kudo’s to you guys… my hat is off to you…..

  2. MIchelle Jones (Chelle) October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I have to agree…simple but stylish. What I see is a since of understanding that a bike can have style without all the outlandish mechanisms and showy add-ons.
    This is an excellent build!

  3. Jon C Webb October 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Beautiful engineered sidecar rig; glad to see a design team jump out of the box and recall a beautiful piece of cycling history. These bikes rebuilt European family transportation after WWII.

  4. Mark Fearnley September 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. Simple but with style.

  5. Whitecrown September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    That is unique and beautifully engineered. most show bikes leave me cold. They follow the trend de jour. No this awesome hack

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