Italian Free Style Custom Motorcycle. Mamma Mia!

As I mentioned before, be ready for an Italian top custom motorcycles invasion. And you are going to see quite a lot of them during the upcoming Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Custom Bike Building. None of them look like what you have seen before in bike shows or in glossy magazine pages. A new trend, much more in Europe than in the US, is towards high tech shaped “bony” bikes using old looking parts (for their timeless beauty), and intriguing the observer by new sophisticated steering and/or suspension systems.

More than ever the new custom bike game is to make you scratch your head saying WTF, or how it’s working…and running. I am not sure why builder Luciano Andreoli of Headbanger Motorcycles called his creation “Morning Sunrise”(maybe his preferred time of the day for inspiration?), but I am certain that you are going wonder about the suspension system with flex on the frame down tubes and a 2-part articulated frame back bone . Letting you find out…Except the S&S Knucklehead 96″ engine, the 2-spoke wheels (front & rear 21″ x 3”), the Avon tires (90/90 Speedmaster model), the rear brake from BST (none in front) and very few other parts, everything was custom fabricated by this Italian maestro. The main merit being of course in this original “in movement” 34-degree rake frame making us all wonder how the bike may behave on the road while bumping and turning. Luciano won 2nd place in the Freestyle Class of the AMD Europeean Championship Of Bike Building. Free Style? Yeah! Headbanger Motorcycles. (photography Horst Roesler, Frank Sander)

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16 Responses to “Italian Free Style Custom Motorcycle. Mamma Mia!”


  1. 1 Jeremy Apr 19th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Wow!

  2. 2 William R. Apr 19th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Would like the pros to tell me if this suspension can work.

  3. 3 lu Apr 19th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    did U see the kosmodrive by cinquini and garage 65?
    pheraps more complicated than the morning sunrise…

  4. 4 Wikked Steel Apr 19th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Does the entire steering head, bars, front end and gas tank pivot on the backbone just over the rear cylinder? If so, that would certainly suck. Plus there’s no top motor mount. Beyond that, it’s freakin’ awesome!

  5. 5 gabehcuoD Apr 19th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Looks like that the bike has a standard steering stem and steer tube.. The front suspension is located on the down tubes with the pivot point located on top of the rear cylinder… Looks as if the tank is attached to this ‘front end’ and when you sit on the bike or hit a bump the tank will rise with the ‘suspension’…………. If this builder rides this bike I would really be worried about the bottom of the engine tubing bottoming out and unloading the front end…. That would not be good……
    With that gas tank, you should be able to ride to the end of your drive way !! LOL

  6. 6 ian Apr 19th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I know bikes like this and Garage 65’s Kosmo are only good to be ridden on the High (Main) Street and back – but I do love the art and the engineering of them; and why the hell not make something so cool.
    Keep them coming.

  7. 7 RUB Apr 19th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    what a joke .

  8. 8 RUSSELL Apr 19th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Frame it and hang it in the living room. After all, it’s only art.

  9. 9 Matt Olsen Apr 19th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I love the front header pipe on this bike.

  10. 10 jatinder pal Apr 20th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Not a rideable piece,just for show.

  11. 11 Blue Apr 20th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Bikes like this are the equivalent of the fashion collections that go down the catwalks of Milan and Paris. Those clothes are extreme, radical and quite frequently unwearable … BUT their influence will be felt on the high street, albeit in a diluted form. After all, components that were radical fifteen years ago are now standard fitment on production models.

    Without bikes like ‘Morning Sunrise’ and ‘Kosmo Drive’ pushing the boundaries of what a custom build is, the entire scene would stagnate.

  12. 12 cwglide Apr 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Wow is a word comes to mind. Be interesting to see if the suspension functions cuz of the location on the front, suspension is integrated on the down tube?? Interesting design with flex frame. Curious. Oh there is the seat.

  13. 13 maroco Apr 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I totally agree whid Mr.Blue,if anyone don´t try difrent the world don´t develop.
    Exercise of style or not, this bikes are very creative builds, and deserved iqual respect.
    Of course the ideal bike it´s one that can be ride and someway difrent.

  14. 14 cooldaddy51 Apr 20th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Nice work,but totally impractical. The bike would come up to my kneecap! May be nice for a vertically challenged individual . Hope I didn’t offend any munchkins out there.

  15. 15 Patrick Apr 24th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Looks like that the bike has a standard steering stem and steer tube.. The front suspension is located on the down tubes with the pivot point located on top of the rear cylinder… Looks as if the tank is attached to this ‘front end’ and when you sit on the bike or hit a bump the tank will rise with the ‘suspension’…………. If this builder rides this bike I would really be worried about the bottom of the engine tubing bottoming out and unloading the front end…. That would not be good……
    With that gas tank, you should be able to ride to the end of your drive way !! LOL

  16. 16 Karen Apr 25th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Bikes like this are the equivalent of the fashion collections that go down the catwalks of Milan and Paris. Those clothes are extreme, radical and quite frequently unwearable … BUT their influence will be felt on the high street, albeit in a diluted form. After all, components that were radical fifteen years ago are now standard fitment on production models.

    Without bikes like ‘Morning Sunrise’ and ‘Kosmo Drive’ pushing the boundaries of what a custom build is, the entire scene would stagnate.

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