The Winners of the Intermot Motorcycle Show

Proving Once Again that Something Different is Still Possible

AMD Intermot First Place Burb's

Freddie “Krugger” Bertrand of Belgium took top honors at this year’s AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Builders held during the Intermot in Cologne, Germany.

Krugger, a regular competitor, beat 69 other builders from 22 countries with his take on a BMW K1600, which he called Nurb’s.

That's a happy Freddie "Krugger" Bertrand

He’s been doing pretty well since his first title came during the 2010 Championship in Sturgis, SD, with the V-Rod-based Veon.

He now becomes only the second builder to take top honors in Cologne (the other is three-time World Champion Roger Goldammer).

BMW contacted Krugger for this commission, a collaborative project. At the same time Krugger got customer commission to build an Art Deco-inspired machine.

The Nurb's uses the BMW straight-six motor and retains the stock bike's electronics, including the fuel injection and ABS. The stock BMW brakes were changed out for Krugger's preferred option of French-made Beringers (because they weigh only a little more than a wet feather).

Second place in the competition went to Veikko Sikiö of Finland. His entry was built almost entirely from scratch, and what a scratch it is. He cast the 800cc V-twin motor, carbs and many other parts for his build himself.

Third place went to Francesco Bella of North Coast Customs in Italy. The engine he used may be a first for a motorcycle: It’s a Fiat 500 engine — a twin. It’s mated with a Rivera Primo transmission. Bella also designed a front end that allows for adjustable rake.

The Retro Modified Class was won by Nimbus built by Tomáš Turner of TMT Moto out of the Czech Republic. Turner was a runner-up last year, but took top honors this year with a 1951 Nimbus straight-four motorcycle engine and drivetrain fitted into a stretched Harley frame.

It was a similar story for Julian Von Oheimb of Germany’s One-Way Machine. He was a runner-up last year in the Modified Harley Class but won this time round.

That machine, called the Brougham, is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Softail given an old school look through the use of a heavily modified Dyna front end, Firestone tires and Panhead style rocker boxes, among other things.

The Street Performance Class was taken by France's Riverside Motocyclettes. A Hardtail frame was combined with a Buell XB12 front end and an Ultima 127ci motor to create the Springster.

Race inspiration also influenced the design of France's Café Racer's 750 CR, the bike that took the win in the Cafe Racer Class. True to the class Ducati/Cagiva 750 engined machine features a Ceriani drum brake in the front wheel, low-set clip-on handlebars, and a single racing hump seat.



1 Krugger Motorcycles - "Nurb's"

2 Veikko Sikkio - "WSA"

3 North Coast Custom - "Fiat Abarth"

4 Rough Crafts - "Graphite Speedster"

5 Paul Milbourn - "Nut Cracker"

6 Thunderbike - "Unbreakable"

7 Eddie Gustafsson - "Speedy"

8 Riverside Motocyclettes - "Knock Out"

9 Valtoron - "La Bestia"

10 CF Costruzione Mecchaniche - "Sex Metal"


1 TMT Moto - "Nimbus 4"

2 Lucky Cat Garage - "Sprintbeemer"

3 Abnormal Cycles - "Chicca"


1 One Way Machine - "Brougham"

2 Hot Dreams Barcelona - "Rocket"

3 Thunderbike - "TBR"


1 Riverside Motocyclettes - "Springster"

2 Sapka Muvek - "Buell"

3 Lobo Motive - "Lobo 3"


1 Crazy Racers - "750 CR"

2 Inglourious Basterds Cycles - "Madiba Benelli 600 Sport"

3 Kingston Custom - "Tom Sawyer"