Midweek Sturgis Report

Goldammer Crowned World Champion again!

For an unprecedented third time, Canadian Roger Goldammer got the top honors being named the World Champion and overall winner of the Freestyle Class.

After three and a half days of competition the Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building has drawn to a close. What began over a year ago with a series of 12 Affiliate shows, covering four continents and an estimated over 2,000 competitors, has culminated at the pinnacle of motorcycling’s Holy Grail, Sturgis, South Dakota.

Goldammer’s entry for 2008 is the same bike that he competed with on the Bonneville Salt Flats in September of 2007, a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected blown sport bike, with nitrous that achieved a top speed of just over 164 mph, as he took home a world record with an average speed of 160+ mph.

Goldammer’s win confirms that performance may well be poised to emerge as the market’s “New Retro” on a moving forward basis. Just as Roger’s first World Champion bike of five years ago set the standard for the trends to come, we expect his creation “Goldmember” to do the same in the years to come.

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2nd Place Winner In Freestyle Competition

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2rd Place Winner In Freestyle Competition

The competition was divided into four different classes, Metric, Modified Harley-Davidson, Production, and the creme de la creme, the Freestyle Class.

Additional Winners:
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2008 Metric World Champion
AFT Customs, Jim Giuffra, Martell CA, USA
Bike: Er Hed

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Best Modified Harley-Davidson Prize
Eastern Fabrications, Lock Baker, Branford CT, USA
Bike: White Line Nightmare

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Production Manufacturer Class
Delaware American Motorcycles
Bike: Tech Twin American 13c

International Bike Event
When the event was all over, there were a total of nine builders from the United States finishing in the top 20, and builders from nine different countries representing the top 20 finishers.

The Painted Scenery in Sturgis
There are tons of beautiful bikes with some amazing artwork. Check out the outstanding paint work in Sturgis.


Billy Lane Actually Makes It To Sturgis on This?

“My all time favorite motorcycle to run across country,” said Billy Lane, packing it for the run to Sturgis and then to Florida.

Billy Lane flew into LA and met Bandit at the Bikernet World HQ to ride up to Sturgis with the Crew. One of the posse, Doc Robinson, looked at it and shook his head. “It’ll never make it.”

Billy has already ridden his flathead half way across the country. It’s not a looker, but it runs strong.

Sun, Sex & Politics… The American Way

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Senator McCain campaign spoke at Buffalo Chip in South Dakota during an annual tribute to American veterans. The event attracts thousands of active duty and former servicemen, many who have a natural affinity towards the Senator.

The cultural crossroads that is the Sturgis Rally is fertile political ground since over a half a million bikers over the course of a week attend the rally. Many have expressed interest in seeing the Senator, whose POW background makes him a fan favorite.

Best Quote in the Speech:

McCain joked that he wanted his wife to enter the beauty contest held at the site, the Buffalo Chip campground on the edge of town.

“I told her with a little luck, she could be the only woman ever to serve as both the first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip,� McCain quipped.
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