World Championship winner uses Avon Cobra tyres

Bike builder Dave Cook has seen his ‘Rambler’ crowned as this year’s World Champion machine – and it sits on Avon tyres!
The 2009 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building took place recently in Sturgis, South Dakota and it was Cook’s amazing machine – shod with Avon’s Cobra tyres – which took top honours. Each of the votes cast for the winner, come from the other entrants themselves and it was ‘Rambler’ which scored highest.
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ave Cook’s creation beat 82 other motorcycles lovingly constructed by their owners for the competition, which is in its fifth year. Dave said: “This is truly a dream come true. I have dedicated the best part of the last three years trying to win the World Championship, and finally I have achieved the ultimate recognition of my fellow professionals.”
The 51-year-old runs Cook Custom Choppers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has only been a full-time specials builder since 2002. This win makes him the first American to take the prestigious award.
The award has been described as motorcycling’s ‘Pulitzers, Nobels and Olympics, all rolled into one,’ and the world championship is staged annually during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is held in August in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It marks the culmination of a year-long series of 18 events held world-wide in 16 countries, including the European Championship. The winners of which are then eligible for the world finals held in the USA. The event has normally dominated by builders from Europe, Japan and Canada, but this year not only was the winner from the US, but also Kris Krome of Freeland, Michigan was able to take second place. Third went to Belgium’s Freddie Bertrand.
Cook’s ‘Rambler’ features a 550cc engine, with a much-modified four-speed BMW R75 gearbox. The frame, forks and swingarm are all custom made by Dave himself, while the tyres are 21-inch Avon Cobras, which help give this World Championship winner plenty of bite!
Dave now hopes to come back even stronger next year, with a new creation to make it two titles in a row.
Avon Tyres is a Cooper Tire & Rubber Company brand, and has been designing and manufacturing tyres for many different machines and requirements since 1885 and manufactured their first motorcycle tyre in 1911. Chopper and specials builders from around the world choose Avons, thanks to both their unique style and ultimate performance.