AMD 252 July 2020 American Motorcycle Dealer 252 July 2020

NOW IN OUR 28th YEAR ™ THE LEADING BUSINESS MAGAZINE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE AND PARTS INDUSTRY INTERMOT and AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2020 Canceled JULY 2020 ISSUE #252 Koelnmesse, the international exhibition center at Cologne, Germany ( that organizes the biennial INTERMOT expo for the German motorcycle trade association/IVM), has announced that it has had to cancel this year's planned October INTERMOT. Therefore, AMD will not be able to stage this year's much-anticipated World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the venue and time planned. With nearly 100 custom bikes already slated to compete, and builders expected to travel to the event from some 30 or so countries, this is obviously a blow for the custom bike market. However, there are bigger issues at play here. Koelnmesse stated that it "took this decision not least in the interest of the health of exhibitors and visitors. In contrast to trade fairs with a B2B orientation, major events such as INTERMOT draw tens of thousands of private visitors on all days of the trade fair; the hall space is limited and the time available is short. "Spatial proximity and the shared experience of the trade fair form an integral part of the character of this event. At this point in time, the specifications currently in effect that have been issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI - the German government health institute), policy makers and the public authorities cannot be met at major events. This is compounded by uncertainties on the part of numerous customers and the complicated travel situation. The next INTERMOT will be from 5-9 October 2022 in Cologne. "We regret that the overall situation leaves us no other choice." Like all exhibition organizers throughout the world, Koelnmesse is aware that 2020 is clearly going to prove to be a watershed year in terms of how consumer and B2B trade fairs and exhibitions are operated. They went on to say that in future, such events " will incorporate more hybrid elements to supplement the on-site experience with added digital reach. All stakeholders involved now have enough time to prepare accordingly for the next INTERMOT in Cologne, and to make it, once again, the meeting place of the international motorcycle community. "We have hosted digital formats, in planning, that will present vehicle manufacturers' world premières for the 2021 season, together with innovations and industry news from the parts, accessories and apparel segments. There are also plans for a Continues on page 8 >>> KastoLom by Maksim Tolstov and Sergey Zharov of KastoLom Garage of Voronezh in southwestern Russia scooped 13th place in the 2018 AMD World Championship Freestyle Class - what was once a Yamaha XJR 1300, now isn't!