Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 New York Ultimate Builder - Steampunk wins FreeStyle

Congrats to Copper Mike Cole: 2012 Freestyle Winner in the AMD Championship NY Ultimate Builder Show, January 22, 2012 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. - Photos by AMD World Championship. (Click to read all AMD news posts.)

Here are the AMD World Champion Show Results - New York Show, Jan. 20 to 22, 2012.

1 – Copper Mike Cole, Gravesend Cycles – Steampunk, 2011 Gravesend Cycles
2 – Stu Speigal, Stu’s Auto – 1989 Custom Chopper
3 – George Stinsman, Chaos Cycles – Model “33”, 2011 Chaos Cycle

Mod Harley
1 – Steve Iacona, Iacona Custom Cycles – Challenger, 1996 H-D XL
2 – Ron Cirocco, Thundercycle – thunder Bagger, 2008 H-D Street Glide
3 – Eric Schoder, Tribal Iron Choppers – Facet, 05 Buell SB12R

Performance Custom
1 – Roman Levin, Full of Hate– FOH Café, 2002 Suzuki
2 – GIO, Blacksmith Motoring Co. - El Patron, 2003 Suzuki Volusia
3 – Harold Bracero – Sephira, 2008 Hayabusa

Retro Mod
1 – Fred Montalto – Spitshine – 1960 H-D Panhead
2 – Dennis Harold, TT Cycles – 1970 Triumph T120R
3 – Steve Baufeder, TT Cycles – Tri Flyer, 1970 Triumph Tr6R

Performance Custom
Roman Levin builds highly detailed street fighters that are extremely light and powerful. His personal motorcycle, FOH Café, took first in the Performance Custom class. The bike started out with a 2002 v-twin Suzuki 998cc engine on his hand built jig. He then fabricated the frame and added a Triumph-based single-sided swing arm. The tank and tail section is made from carbon fiber and then painted so that panels of the flawless carbon can be seen.

MOD Harley
The AMD World Championship alums are unstoppable as last year’s second place finisher, Steven Iacona’s Challenger, took first place in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show MOD Harley class. His bike is built off a 1996 XL and sports a Springer front end with Invader wheels front and back.
Steve hand formed the fuel tank, rear fender tail section, oil tank, exhaust pipes, handle bars and mounts, rearsets, headlight number plate, seat suspension, tail light, battery box, steering damper mounts and motor mounts.

The ignition coils are located near battery box along with all electrical connections. Brake and oil lines are hand formed stainless steel. Oil cooler has been mounted behind front number plate. The frame has been converted to a hardtail. Engine rebuilt using Buell heads and cylinders, dual 30mm Mikuni carburetors, Stainless steel hardware has been powdercoated.

FreeStyle Class
Copper Mike Cole of Gravesend Cycles brought his latest piece of rolling art called Steampunk to the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and took 1st place in the ultra-competitive FreeStyle class. The 1973 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead features a rebuilt engine with engraved heads and 10:1 compression. The Copper-one re-purposed numerous antique gauges and parts and rebuilt them into functional pieces. He built a hand clutch with an old Harley mouse trap. The bike is fabricated from equal parts copper and brass.

The floor boards come from old fire extinguishers and the air cleaner is a brass box with a welded –in trumpet horn. Head light and taillight are sourced from a submarine. He also fabricated an analog GPS---a retooled dash mounted compass. The saddlebag is sourced from a leather Russian ammunition bag.

Retro Mod
Fred Montalto rolled Spitshine into the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and took 1st place in Retro Mod with his 1960 H-D Panhead. It sports a Harley 1200cc mil in a custom bobber frame with a pin-up girl integrated into the tank. Paint was handled by Hi-Tech Auto Care, Inc.

John Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers left the Ultimate Builder show in Cleveland, Ohio on February 1st with $3000, a class winner's trophy and a guaranteed AMD World Championship spot after taking first place in the Freestyle class with 'Whiskey Bent', a heavily customized 1977 Ironhead featuring a bar stool seat and 102 year-old brass headlight. Last year's winner Jesse Bassett of The Gasbox was runner up with a 1949 Panhead, and Misfit Custom Cycles was third.
The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (click link to see all news posts)

The world finals will take place Aug. 5 to 8, 2012 at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, 1205 Lazelle St., Sturgis, SD 57785 USA. Located on the lot at Lazelle & 3rd St. next to Lynn's Dakotamart.

Upcoming AMD World Championship Qualifying Shows:
  • Llunatica, Oropesa Del Mar, Spain Feb 2-5, 2012
  • Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Daytona, FL, USA Mar 14-17, 2012
  • Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Minneapolis, MN, USA Feb 3-5, 2012
  • Moscow Custom & Tuning Show, Moscow, Russian Federation Mar 30-1 Apr, 2012
  • Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Chicago, IL, USA Feb 10-12, 2012
  • Africa Bike Week, Margate, South Africa Apr 27-30, 2012
  • Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Charlotte, NC, USA Feb 24-26, 2012
  • Biker Fest, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine, Italy May 10-13, 2012
  • London International Classic & Custom Show, Alexandra Palace, London, UK Feb 25-26, 2012
  • Twin Club MC Norrtälje Custom Bike Show, Norrtälje, Sweden Jun 2, 2012