Baseball has the World Series, Football has the World Cup and making Harleys even slower has the AMD World Championship, held annually in Sturgis. Above is this year's winner, PainTTless by Germany's Thunderbike. Sort of a Chopper/Cafe Racer mashup, the bike employs an HD Ironhead motor to fill the big gap left in the middle of the one-off frame. Details like the finned, self-supporting subframe and pushrod-actuated shock are actually impressive, while fine detailing like all the drillium and brass components look awful nice. Man, is that going to be a long reach from the low seat and high pegs to the clip-ons though.
The rest of the class-winning bikes are in this gallery. We'll be calling out a few of the highlights with specific stories over the next few days.
Galleries are a bit wonky as the site undergoes changes. If you can't click into the gallery directly, try this link: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2012/08/the-weird-and-wonderful-bikes-of-the-amd-world-championship/?gal=1#/3