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Five Favorite Builds From The 2014 Custom Bike World Championship

FREESTYLE - Belgian builder Freddie Krugger beat 69 other competitors from 22 countries to win the coveted Freestyle trophy with this radical, BMW K1600-based custom he calls "Nurbs." Commissioned by BMW Motorrad, this build retains not only the inline-six engine but also all of the stock bike's sophisticated electronics systems, topped with dramatic Art Deco bodywork and single-sided suspension at both ends. This is the second World Championship win for Krugger, who also won the title in 2010.

RETRO MOD - Inspired by '50s-era roadracers right down to the full-coverage-plus dustbin fairing, this incredible "Sprintbeemer" was built by Sébastien Lorentz of France's Lucky Cat Garage from a pile of cast-off BMW parts, including a /2 frame, /5 front end, an R100RS engine, and a /6 rear end capped with an iconic MH Racemaster rear drag slick.

MODIFIED HARLEY-DAVIDSON - Could you hold a custom bike championship without including Harley-Davidsons? This year's top dog in the always-competitive modified Harley-Davidson category was One Way Machine's "Brougham," based on a 2001 Softail graced with a heavily modified Dyna front end, Firestone tires, and Panhead-style rocker boxes to give this German-built bike a convincing old-school look.

STREET PERFORMANCE - This outrageous streetfighter from the Hungarian workshop of Sapka Muvek began life as a Buell XB12, but the basic engine and fuel-bearing frame are pretty much all that remains of the original East Troy equipment. Highlights include the one-off trellis swingarm, handmade exhaust, and lots of exquisite CNC-machined pieces, including the footpeg brackets and headlight frame.

CAFÉ RACER - Germany's Kingston Customs calls this super-clean, BMW R100/7-based café racer "Tom Sawyer," no doubt in an attempt to channel some of that famous literary river rat's free-wheelin' spirit to the autobahn. The engine is mostly stock, but the frame has been heavily modified with a custom subframe and color-matched laydown shocks that almost create a hardtail look.