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Tuesday 10 October 2023

Custombike Show

European Custombike Championship at Custombike Show

December 1st to 3rd, 2023, Exhibition Center, Bad Salzuflen, Germany

For the first time, the European Custom Bike Championship will take place at the Custom Bike Show in Germany in December.

The winner will receive € 5,000 in prize money but, more importantly, receive the prestige of being chosen as the European Champion custom bike builder.

We here at AMD are delighted to see a concept that we ourselves had put so much into nurturing now being taken forward by one of the world's leading custom motorcycle exhibitions, and we wish the organizers and owners of Custombike Show (the Bad Salzuflen Exhibition Center) and the magazines that will support it (Dream Machines and Custombike) all possible success!

This is a great move for a show that has had more than its share of problems in recent years, due to the pandemic and the bankruptcy of former show owner Huber Verlag, and a great move for the two surviving ex-Huber magazines - Custombike and Dream Machines.

Above all though, it is great news for custom motorcycle fans, for custom bike builders and for the motorcycle industry in general.

More than 300 custom motorcycles are expected to be on show in the three exhibition halls, with a good 1,000-plus motorcycles in total. The show will also continue to host the European Biker Build-off.

The Custom Bike Show Bad Salzuflen has been "the place to be" for customizers from all over Europe for almost 20 years and the largest show-dedicated custom motorcycle expo worldwide. 

The heart of the event has always been the bike show. Since its inception, there have been winners from Scandinavia to Slovenia, from Belarus to Portugal. As a consequence, the decision for the bike show to be organized as the "European Custombike Championship" is entirely logical - a "no brainer" as the saying goes.

As part of the realignment of the bike show, the organizers are also making a big difference in terms of prize money. With € 5,000 for the "Best in Show", Bad Salzuflen becomes the home of Europe's  highest-paying custom contest.

Both professionals and amateur customizers will be able to enter and compete, with every style, platform and brand of motorcycle allowed. The bike show winners can look forward to trophies in 16 categories, with invitations to European partner events and bike features in the world's custom press.

Registration is through the multi-lingual championship platform at - 

Registration is not a guarantee for selection to compete, but it is necessary for consideration. The invitations with all supporting information about the European Custombike Championship will be sent out between October 1st and November 10th, 2023. 

The selected bikes will be listed on November 30, 2023. The winners in the 16 categories will be chosen by a specialist jury consisting of editors from the magazines Custombike and Dream Machines. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday 3rd December, 2023 on the main stage.

The categories are: Best In Show - winner of the European Custombike Champion title and € 5,000 prize; Best Bobber; Best Old School; Best Café Racer; Best Engineering; Best Chopper; Best Paint Job; Best Sportsbike; Best Radical; Best Fighter; Best Roadster; Best Clubstyle; Best Moped; Craziest Bike; Rookie of the Year.