The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) – an official affiliate of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building – will host the Championship of the Americas Custom Bike Show at this year’s event, which is scheduled for October 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.For the first time, there will be a world class bike show focused on builders from all of the Americas that will serve as a path to compete in the AMD World Championships.
When custom bike builders from all over the Americas meet at AIMExpo, they will be competing for a coveted entry, plus expenses, to represent the Americas in the 2016 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the Intermot international motorcycle fair in Cologne, Germany, in the fall of 2016.“The AIMExpo Championship of the Americas will be a showcase of design, engineering and creativity by custom bike builders from as far north as Greenland stretching to the tip of South America,” said Bob Kay, V-Twin Director of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. The show will feature four classes based on different platforms as opposed to catering to the style de jour.“Customizing your motorcycle as an expansion of your personal identity has been the essence of two-wheel differentiation and satisfaction since the GI’s returned home in the 40’s. The opportunity for enthusiasts to see these rolling masterpieces of art and meet their creators will be an experience to remember for everyone, no matter what your particular brand preference is.”This new feature at AIMExpo that showcases top custom motorcycles and their builders will appeal to trade, media and consumer attendees alike at the powersports industry’s largest combined trade and consumer show.Recent World Champions have been crowned from both Canada and the United States with world-class entries emerging from Mexico, Columbia and Argentina.“The creativity of the builders will dovetail nicely with the recently announced Made in America area of AIMExpo, celebrating American ingenuity,” said Larry Little, VP and General Manager of MPE’s Motorcycle Group. “This showcase of the imagination, resourcefulness and originality of American companies has generated great interest among exhibitors and media, and like the custom bikes, will be a favorite of dealers and consumer attendees this October.”The four classes comprising the Championship include; Freestyle, Retro Custom, Street Custom, and Performance Custom. The winner of the Freestyle Class will represent the Americas in the 2016 AMD World Championship. Additionally, a People’s Choice winner will be awarded for the single most favorite machine in the show.Rules and information for the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas are being finalized and will be available on the AIMExpo website March 1, with entries accepted beginning April 1.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Thom Beers, the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Thom’s astonishing resume as a Producer, Director, and actor, includes narrating many, many of the shows he’s created.
His fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows, and of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story behind his Jesse James show, ‘Monster Garage’, as well as the ‘Biker Build Off’ and ‘Zombie Choppers’ TV shows. Teejay’s chat with Thom gives us some amazing insight into other areas of Thom’s career, including ‘Deadliest Catch’ and others.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening. I for one, was fascinated; I hope you are too.