Custom Racer Italian Style









A fast post to show you another custom bike coming straight from Italy to participate to the next AMD World Championship in Sturgis. It was built by maestro Luca Andreoli at Andreoli Motorcycles (Picture HRF)

15 Responses to “Custom Racer Italian Style”

  1. 1 Kirk Perry May 11th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Panhead’s are bad-ass motors. No motor looks better than a Pan.

  2. 2 Kirk Perry May 11th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Another product V-Twin® might consider making would be just the spiral end of a ’54-74 handlebar (like VT 25-0661), that would stop, just after the grip flange, but with a 2″ nipple as reducer-sleeve. The sleeve would insert into any 1′ handle bar configuration you could dream up, and able to have spark control and throttle controls on future Knuck & Pan’s [that used STD (relay mount) crankcases]. All the more reason to build 74″ motors, imo. Kick-start them from the saddle.
    This motor, rightfully, has an automatic distributor (there is no casted relay mount).
    With “shorty” weld-on’s, bikes could have a hidden throttle and coil controls. The reduced diameter “sleeve nipple” would still be large enough to allow pushing a single control (vinyl covered) coil all the way to the triple tree.
    Hidden control coils add more mystery to bikes. Controlling the idle of the motor using the handlebar spark control drives women crazy. They can’t see your wrist move.
    Make a “shorty” for both right and left sides (throttle & spark).

  3. 3 ian May 11th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Most women i know would believe me if i said i could control the throttle with telepathy – maybe i need to meet more women who know about bikes.
    Nice Italian bike though – very cool.

  4. 4 Knucklehead May 11th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Oh I beg to differ Kirk. For me it’s a Knuckle:) Nice bike here but it looks like a ball buster.

  5. 5 Nicker May 11th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Interesting choice of tire.
    This scot is a stylized version of an Italian Grass Racer………. 🙂


  6. 6 Kirk Perry May 11th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Knuckle it’s true. Give either motor to the Italian’s and let them bend a frame around it.

  7. 7 Kirk Perry May 11th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Here’s the parts to start with:

    1. Replica Knucklehead 74 motor (needs your Linkert or Bendix® carburetor). (VT 10-1988) $8,700. Or, a replica Pan motor [with timer and relay boss] (VT 10-1996) $6,000. We’ll want you to pull it apart on the bench and see how well it was assembled. This is a blind-test since any motor you order will be off-the-shelf. Document your results. Make the motor correct to OEM specs. and proceed. Bring Italia-Vison® in there too. It’s a big deal, since nobody here in America will do the same thing, and then Italy is going to do it their way, which is always interesting.

    2. 1960-74 [two-piece] handlebars (25-0662). No matter, your going to be cutting the ends off and sleeving them yourself. $175.00

    3. (2) 1954-64 spirals [both are push-type, as a pair] (VT 36-0499) $125. Or a “pull” spiral (VT 36-2574) $75.00 or (single) push spiral (VT 36-2551) $75.00

    4. Replica waffle-grip (VT 28-0110) [w/end-hole] $15.00

    Ok, that’s about it for parts. W&W Cycles, AG has them. Ask Italia-Vision to order them (if they can budget $9015.00 US.

  8. 8 LuPa May 12th, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Luciano, not Luca! :o)

  9. 9 Rodent May 12th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    A concept bike yes….a custom bike no

  10. 10 Dave Blevins May 12th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Is there a disc brake inside that large diameter front hub, or shoe brakes? Just curious… something tells me those big vent holes in the hub are for a disc setup!

  11. 11 Peter Allan May 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm


    I just flew back to London today after riding from Lake Como, Italy to the Chianti Hills HOG Rally in Bucine, Italy. We stopped for lunch at a very cool chopper shop in Milan called Good Vibrations. They put on a great spread for us. This bike was on display and the workmanship was truly great. Just a little impractical for day to day riding. Controls were behind ‘rear’ ie like a drag bike.


  12. 12 rocky May 12th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like a neat entry for the BUB “Run What you Brung” 2009 at Bonneville, especially since it will be over here for Sturgis?

  13. 13 Kirk Perry May 13th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    “Lake Como”
    Sure, eat pizza at a shore-side restaurant and watch that Curtiss/Espani-Suisa sea plane land on the lake. Gee, wonder what the poor-folk are doing today? 🙂
    Nice riding in Northern Italy. Lake Migliore’s up there too. The sun shines into the open french-doors of Migliore’s lakeside hotel suites. Easily cross the border into Switzerland for lunch.
    Limon is a village carved into the granite walls of the mountain. A trip back in time.
    AAA® can plan a god trip, but you have to stay “with them” during the planning and not leave anything overlooked.
    Check out how many cuts Andreoli made on those exhaust to get them to fit. I watched stone masons “antique” a marble window sill in a faux-period apartment building in Limon. They intentionally cut a triangle shape out of the thick sill, but at such an angle combination, that the wedge, when replaced, seated into the cut in such a way, that the weight of the chunk forced it to seat deeper and not fall out onto someones head down below years later.

  14. 14 jatinder pal May 14th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Cool bike.

  15. 15 LuPa May 14th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Maggiore, not Migliore! :oP
    Near Como there is also Custom Attak and Waka’s Bike…

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