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japanese custom bike wins AMD contest

Japanese customiser Suicide Customs was crowned AMD World Champion at Intermot in Cologne, Germany, yesterday in a custom competition which attracted 82 bikes from 67 entrants representing 23 countries.

Voted for by the competitors themselves, this is the third time that a customiser from Japan has taken the championship ring home, and in a close field of freestyle class entrants, Suicide Customs was the clear choice of his fellow competitors as their champion for the next two years.

Suicide Customs’ 1000cc V-twin “Rumble Racer” has quite a back story. Crated for dry shipping to Europe several weeks before the show, Koh Niwa had tense days and late evenings at the championship before managing to get the bike fired up and completing the necessary run test – his determination in the face of tough odds won the admiration of the Class of 2016.

Second place, and first reserve champion, went to Michael Naumann of Germany for his Ironhead Sportster-engined “Simple Iron”; with third place, and second reserve champion going to 2014 World Champion Fred “Krugger” Bertrand of Krugger Motorcycles in Belgium for his S&S Cycle 103in-engined “LADD”.

In addition to the AMD World Championship bikes, the 200,000-plus high-mileage riders who visit Intermot (some 80%-plus of whom visited the championship in Hall 10) saw presentations of custom excellence from a wide range of exhibitors that included several of the leading OEMs such as Harley-Davidson, BMW, Triumph, Yamaha and Kawasaki; Ural from Russia and German V-8 specialist Boss Hoss.

Additional Hall 10 features included displays from the OEM/aftermarket-backed Essenza and Sprint race series, a Garage Area featuring customising, technical and workshop displays, photography by legendary motorcycle industry photographer Michael Lichter and history and memorabilia from the Ace Café, London.

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