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)