Many internationally known custom builders headed to Sturgis to compete in the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building but it was a relatively unknown customizer that took the top honors.
After working on his bike for 3-1/2 years Ken Tabata, of Tavax Engineering, Yao City, Osaka, Japan, appeared in Sturgis and now he is preparing to leave as the 2011 World Champion of Custom Bike Building. He describes his winning bike, TAVAX2011V, as being designed to look like a Cheetah about to pounce, all dynamic movement and power.
TAVAX2011V effortlessly combines sculpted aluminum bodywork with one-off hand-made pieces that form the suspension and replace the stock engine and transmission covers. At the rear of the bike the swingarm pivots from behind the rear cylinder, arcing over the transmission, and carrying a linkage system operated single shock, a design similar to that found on many modern sports bikes.
At the front of the machine the suspension begins at the axle as a leading link fork, which then changes via a pair of links to finish as a Springer fork.
Now available, the 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building t-shirt may be ordered online by visiting www.amdchampionship.com.Printed in Sturgis, South Dakota, the t-shirts are made of 100 percent cotton, preshrunk 6.1 ounce. Available in Black only, in sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2x, and 3x.
The back of the shirt identifies the Affiliate custom bike events leading up to the 9th Annual AMD World Championship in Sturgis 2012, including those in Austria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, and Portugal.
The World Championship t-shirts will also be available August 1-19, 2011, at Tom’s T’s retail store at 1117 Main Street in Sturgis. The family run Tom’s T’s has been printing t-shirts in Sturgis since 1976.
Tantalizer’ by Kenny Williams: winner at the Daytona finals
The 12 city Progressive International Motorcycle Show program reached its conclusion at Daytona Bike Week, which saw the staging of the first annual United States Championship of Custom Bike Building – the final round in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliated Ultimate Builder custom bike show series.
The win in the Star Motorcycles sponsored Freestyle class, and a $6,000 first prize, was taken by Kenny Williams (KW Customs, Angier, North Carolina) with ‘Tantalizer’, his much admired radical bagger. (more…)
Noelski has owned his own shop for 21 years building custom motorcycles. He builds bikes completely from scratch starting with the frames and ending with the paint… and does absolutely everything in between.
I’ve always been striving for perfection. Every bike I build, every job I do brings me to the next level.
Have you thought about the pressure under which is a custom motorcycle builder who just won in 2009 the title of AMD World Champion Of Bike Building, then get an order from a client to build a new daily ride with a very reasonable budget, a custom to compete the following year in the same Championship Of bike Building? In Sturgis, impossible not to recognize Dave’s new creation.
A quality, because beyond skills, a strong personality style is what clients are deciding when choosing their new custom builder. (more…)