Neil Blaber

  • Eastern Bobber memerlukan bantuan dana anda bagi mewakili Malaysia di INTERMOT Jerman pada tahun ini.
  • Pembuat motosikal buatan khas, Omar Jumiran, beserta karya ciptaannya, Bone-X, akan bertanding di “AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018”.
  • Dia akan menjadi warga Malaysia pertama yang akan bertanding di sana dan memerlukan segala bantuan (dan dana) yang dia boleh bagi mewakili Malaysia sebaik yang dia boleh.


Eastern Bobber needs your help with funding to bring Malaysia to INTERMOT Germany this year.

Custom bike builder Omar Jumiran and his creation, Bone-X, will compete at the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

He will be the first Malaysian to do so and he needs all the help (and funding) he can get to reach there in the best possible way.

National custom bike builder Omar Jumiran of Eastern Bobber was recently announced as the first ever Malaysian who will compete at INTERMOT in Germany at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building later this year. (more…)


  • Eastern Bobber bersama dengan motosikal buatan khas yang menakjubkan mereka itu bakal menjadi wakil pertama dari Malaysia yang akan bertanding di AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building di Jerman pada tahun hadapan.
  • Pertandingan motosikal buatan khas yang telah dianjurkan semasa karnival Motonation di Putrajaya pada hujung minggu lalu telah menyaksikan lapan penyertaan dari Rusty Factory, Beautiful Machines, serta ramai lagi pembina-pembina yang lain.
  • Pemenangnya telah dipilih oleh ‘Showmaster’ AMD sendiri, Neil Blaber.




  • Neil Blaber dari AMD Magazine telah dijemput bagi mengadili pertandingan motosikal buatan khas Motonation dan Modenas SUPERB MOD.
  • Motonation bakal menaja pembina serta motosikal pemenang untuk menghadiri Kejohanan Dunia di Intermot.
  • Neil berasa amat kagum dengan kualiti serta tahap kreativiti para pembina Malaysia.


Eastern Bobber and their amazing custom bike will become the first ever Malaysian to compete in the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Germany next year.

The custom bike contest organised during the Motonation event in Putrajaya last weekend saw eight entries from The Rusty Factory, Beautiful Machines and many more.

The winner was chosen by AMD Showmaster himself, Neil Blaber.

Eight custom bikes entered and one bike emerged as the winner. Out of all the amazing custom creations that entered the custom bike competition organised by Motonation during their gigantic festival in Putrajaya last weekend, it was Eastern Bobber and their amazing machine who won what we think one of Malaysia’s most interesting custom bike competitions yet. (more…)

  • Neil Blaber of AMD Magazine was brought in to judge Motonation’s custom bike and Modenas’ SUPER MOD contests.

  • Motonation will sponsor the winning bike and builder to the World Championship at Intermot.

  • Neil was impressed with the quality and creativity of Malaysian builders.

We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Neil Blaber of AMD Magazine at the recent Motonation carnival in PICC. Neil had been called in by the organizers of Motonation to judge the custom motorcycles competition.

It was a high-stakes game as Motonation will support the winner’s entry to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018, in the Intermot Show in Cologne Germany. (Click here to read more of our coverage of Motonation and here for the report of the competition).

Bikes Republic: How does AMD run its bikes shows?
Neil Blaber: We did bike shows and competitions a little bit differently than those in the past. We’ve had people enter their bikes in more than one class, and found out not to ever, ever do it. It’s a nightmare, because how we do the judging is all the competitors vote on their peers’ bikes.

We’ll have a few VIP judges also, but they’re usually builders who didn’t enter their own bikes. There’ve also been trusted journalists who don’t just won’t for their mates (friends), besides other experts in the industry who know what they’re looking at.

It’s done almost like a survey among experts. When you think about it, who are the best qualified to determine which is the best bike than these guys. You’ve got all these experts there and if judging is handed over to just four guys, it’s all wasted.

So, in the end, if people aren’t happy with the results, at least they know it’s fair because it was peer reviewed.

In the end, you could end up with a hundred votes papers returned. Counting the ballot papers was hard work, I’d usually be up until 4 in the morning, tabulating the results. I’d take the feedback from the ballot sheets and key them into the spreadsheet for the results to be tabulated.

They’ll vote for their favourite 12 bikes, the top build will receive 15 points, second place gets 12, third gets 9, then 7, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1 points respectively. What that means is that getting voted as the top isn’t necessarily a huge advantage. In the end, the winning bike is usually the one which was rated reasonably high by all the guys. (What Neil means here is the entries must be good overall.)

You may get a controversial bike which was voted first by three guys but no one else, on the other hand, you get a bike that’s voted for third or fifth by everyone and it will win.

Bikes Republic: Is peer judging carried out in many bike shows?
Neil Blaber: It is carried out in many bike shows now but not many are done properly.

For example, you got have enough bikes for representation, because if you just ask for which is your favourite bike, you’d probably end up with the same result. However, if there are enough bikes, and if a certain or a few judges don’t like a certain type of bike and put it as last, the bike still earns a point.

Some shows look for the Top Three and the spread is just not enough in order to get a true representation of what people sincerely feel.

Some people don’t like not winning and the World Championship is the worst feeling. They may have spent two years or more working on their bike then ending up 50th is, well, you know how it’s like.

We award down to 10th place for the Freestyle class, and the Top Three of the other classes, as the latter classes attract smaller entries.

Bikes Republic: What’s your thought on what you’ve seen this weekend?
Neil Blaber: Honestly, I had no idea to see what Malaysia had to offered and I surprised and impressed at what I saw this weekend. Those eight finalists had some truly wonderful material.

Sumber imej: Motorcycle USA


  • Motonation akan menganjurkan sebuah pertandingan istimewa untuk motosikal buatan khas pada bulan Disember ini sewaktu karnival mega mereka dari 1 hingga 3 Disember 2017 di PICC.
  • Pembina motosikal dengan motosikal buatan khas terbaik akan memenangi perjalanan yang ditaja sepenuhnya dan akan menyertai “AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018” pada tahun hadapan di Cologne, Jerman.
  • ‘Showmaster’ AMD INTERMOT sendiri akan menghadiri acara utama pada bulan Disember nanti bagi menentukan motosikal buatan khas yang terbaik. Pendaftaran dibuka sehingga 20 November 2017.


Motonation will be organising a special contest for custom bikes this December during their mega carnival from 1 to 3 December 2017 at PICC.

The bike builder with the best custom bike will win a fully-sponsored trip and entry into the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018 next year in Cologne, Germany.

AMD INTERMOT’s very own showmaster will attend the big event in December to choose the best custom bike. Registration is open until 20 November 2017.

That’s right, folks. Our friends over at Motonation has plans to fully sponsor one bike builder with the best custom bike to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018 which will be held in Cologne, Germany in conjunction with the INTERMOT show. (more…)


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