During Daytona Bike Week I observed the return of the very radical custom bikes. And last weekend Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show in Germany also featured a large number of very high tech bikes. No, it’s not the end of the chopper/bobber/vintage trend, but more a fusion of many styles. For example, it’s not rare to see radical bikes with perimeter discs and skinny rear tires, and new retro bikes slowing with a 360-brake. Why not? Want to create your very own style? Simple: mix several of them. Anyway, I digress. This post to introduce you to one very radical custom bike that the public and show judges liked very much all along Daytona Bike week. Joe Palermo from World Class Customs, builds very few bikes, but always push them to the extreme custom treatment. One sold finance his wildest dreams for the next one, and each of them can keep him busy for a full year.
The new one called Rocket Ship got started during Daytona Bike Week 08. Like many, Joe Palermo got fed up with the sea of bikes featuring a 250 mm and beyond rear rubber. So, he knew that his next sled would roll on 21” wheels. Then, he got inspiration from a BMX bike and imagined his next show winner as a large scale version, with no apparent gas and oil tanks. Hence this big arched double rail frame where gas circulate via another reservoir placed under the seat (total 3.5 gallon) ad moved through an electric pump. Oil is fed to the 120” Merch Engine via the down tubes of the frame. Joe hand made his complete frame with 42-degree rake and minus 2” in the front tubes, swingarm, transmission brake equipped with a JayBrake caliper, exhaust with left side exit, twin S&S G carburetor intakes, Jockey shift, hralight & taillight, custom hard plumbing, etc. Only the front end is stock/modified Harley Springer. Wow…said the judges who gave him some gold “dust catchers” wherever he showed his Rocket Ship. 1st place overall in Boardwalk Show. 2nd place over 1000 cc radical in Rat’s Hole Show. 1st place American Custom in Orlando Ride-In Show. 1st place radical in Deland Bike Rally. For a true one off, contact Joe Palermo, World Class Customs, in Edgewater, Florida. Tel: 386-690-8488.