One of Europe’s longest established specialty custom bike shows, this was the 19th annual Big Twin Bike show and Dealer Expo, and the 4th year that the event has been affiliated to the World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
The win this year was taken by Gareth Ruddy, of the United Kingdom, with his restoration of a Murray Kustoms 1980 Yamaha XS 650. He wins a 5,000.00 euro expenses contribution towards the costs of competing at the 8thh annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (August 7 to 10th) at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2011.
Show highlights included the annual Zodiac International Dealer Show (see feature in February’s AMD), an all new seminar series featuring the likes of S&S Cycle, National Cycle, Dynojet, PM/RSD, Wiseco, ACCEL and Spectro Oils, and a second year for the show’s now annual ‘Master Technician of the Year’ competition to promote mechanic training.
Overall, market sentiment among dealers and vendors in the Netherlands is that while 2010 was a little down on 2009, it has been workshop revenues that have kept the lights on, and although customizing has diminished to a trickle in the second half of the year, there were more custom builds around than had been expected leading up to the summer riding season.
However, the general consensus appears to be that 2011 should see a levelling-off of business for most shops, with authorized dealers anticipating quite strong demand for 2011 model year Harley- Davidsons in a market where Harley is the number two best-selling motorcycle brand in the 651 cc plus market sector.
Next year will see the Big Twin Bikeshow and Dealer Expo celebrating its 20th anniversary, on November 4, 5 and 6th 2011. http://www.bigtwinshow.nl