What Fun We Had at the Harley Museum
AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show Winners
We showed up in Milwaukee in 2013 loaded for bear with Rump Roast and Beelzebub, our 2004 Custom Bagger.
The 2nd Annual AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show was held in Milwaukee on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus. Over $2 million in custom sleds were on display with over 30% having won major competitions from across the United States.
The museum is awesome. It’s like walking through a slice of American Culture.
History roars to life at the Museum. American design and culture wrapped in freedom and rebellion, and dressed out in a landmark building. I can see why the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe.
BEELZEBUB TAKES 3rd
Beelzebub was relentless this year. And we spent a lot of effort designing the bike and then coming up with a catchy name. Beelzebub is another name for Satan. He is known in demonology as one of the seven princes of Hell. The Dictionnaire Infernal describes Beelzebub as a being capable of flying, known as the “Lord of the Flies”.
WAS THE INVITATIONAL HUGE? Oh Yeah!
The museum show is held in the wedding tent called Chrome. Chandeliers illuminate the customs, which created a classy environment for the show.
At the reception, we hung out with the Harley brass and spoke with Willie G. Davidson, his wife Nancy, and their son Bill Davidson. It was a great experience all around. I’d like to thank Bandit, the Davidsons, Bandit, Marilyn Stemp, Bob K, and Jeff Najar.
AMD Invitational – Free Style
Shaun Ruddy of Chop Deville ran down the competition with his 2012 Chop Deville Retro Racer called Chop Deluxe. Shaun won FreeStyle and will be heading to the AMD World Championship in Essen, Germany as part of Team USA.
The radical board track racer is manufactured with heads & manifold that are ported and matched, CBX thermal barrier coating, Panhead front rocker box, Fueling lifters, pushrods and Yost powertube. Chop Deluxe delivers 167 HP.
It’s raked 5 degrees and configured with Deville leading link front end design, progressive-rate coil over nitrogen dirt bike shocks. Hand fabrication throughout including hand fabricated rear downtube, oil filler, backbone, gas tank, and caps.
- Shaun Ruddy, Chop Deville – 2012 Chop Deville Retro Racer – Chop Deluxe
- Jesse Bassett – 2012 Custom Indian – The Gasbox
- Daniel Sanchez, Tracker – 2012 Cut Throat Customs, Cut Throat Customs
AMD Invitational – MOD Harley
Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers took the win in MOD Harley with Firehouse Racer at the 2nd Annual AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show held in Milwaukee on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus.
Jon’s sled is an interpretation of a board tracker race bike. The exhausts look like fire hoses and a vintage fire extinguisher that serves as an oil tank.
The bike features a HD 96? Twincam engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tipped with 1920?s fire hose brass nozzles, S&S Carb and Ultima 2? belt drive. Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers tail light. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.
- Jon Shipley, Firehouse Racer – 2013 Custom Board Tracker, Hoosier Daddy Chopper
- Cory Edwards, Sudden Impact – 1985 H-D FXR
- Clay Rathburn -2001 Sportster Atomic Bomb Motorcycles
AMD Invitational – Radical Bagger
Blacksmith Motoring Company caught the attention of the judges with El Vendetta, the performance-oriented 2008 Retroliner complete with a trifecta of 120 CI stroker, turbo and nitrous.
It’s built for speed and features 26 front end conversion, Blacksmith Phantom air ride, race tuned front suspension, hand engraved 26 front wheel, 18/240 rear. Completing the build is a lighten aluminum frame Hand engraved powder coating, Blacksmith 2 piece floorboards, heel/toe shifter, brake pedal, oversize grips. Blacksmith Phantom remote control air ride suspension, fairing and JL audio.
- GIO, El Vendetta – 2008 Retroliner, Blacksmith Motoring Company
- Scott Baugh – 2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
- Roy Martin, Beelzebub – 2004 Custom Bagger, Roys Toys Customs
AMD Invitational – Retro MOD
Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications brought in Old Black and took the win in the Retro MOD class with his 1976 Ironhead. The Retro MOD allows any pre-1984 sled.
Jeremy’s bike is a Jackshafted dual rear drive, 2 rear ironheads, cylinder and head cooling fins reworked and custom exposed valvetrain. Old Black sports a WLA military rear fender, dual Amal Carbs as well as all other parts handmade by LC Fabrications.
- Jeremy Cupp, Old Black – 1976 Ironhead, LC Fabrications
- Copper Mike – 1947 Knucklehead, Gravesend Cycles
- Paul Anderson, Once in a While – 1945 Flathead
Additional Show Winners
- Cycle Source Editor’s Choice Winner – Atomic Bomb Motorcycles, 1973 Triumph Tiger (Cycle Source’s selection)
- Hot Bike Editor’s Choice Winner – The Gas Box – Custom Scout Indian
- Baggers Magazine Editor’s Choice Winner – Blacksmith Motoring Co., 2008 Retroliner
- IronWorks Magazine Editor’s Choice Winner – Custom Services, 1957 Panhead Rigid
- Bikernet Publisher’s Choice Winner – Don Weimer, 2012 Weimer Pro Street
- Biker Pros Harley-Davidson Dealership Winner – Emerald City Harley-Davidson, 2010 Dyna
- People’s Choice Award – Tom Hedrick
- The 2nd Annual AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show is held in Milwaukee on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus and produced by Biker Pros
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Whether you’re a diehard biker or someone who just happens to be in the area, many visitors say the Harley-Davidson Museum is worth exploring.
It’s been said that Harley-Davidson motorcycles bring heart-thumping adventure, life-changing freedom and a bit of rebellion into the lives of people around the world.
Wild or Mild – Whether you were born to be wild – or mild – makes no difference at the Museum, Much more than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen before.
Start with a Shack – Harley-Davidson began in a tiny wooden shack in Milwaukee, WI, just after the turn of the twentieth century, when two friends – Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson – decided to build a motorcycle.
The last time I was there, they had a replica shack on the ground in front of the facilities. And boy, was it small! Maybe fit a couple of baggers.