Typically German and very characteristic of Fred Kodlin work, if I show you this bike it’s because I hear that it is Fred’s best selling rigid frame in his country. He imagined it in 2009, built “Loretta” featured here not only to illustrate the kind of look you can achieve, but also to demonstrate his rigid frame sturdiness when the bike is ridden hard (abused?) running a 121″ TP Engineering engine. Performance riding is much more appealing in Europe that in the US where motorcycling taste leans towards cruising. The German autobahns are famous for being some of the few public roads in the world without blanket speed limits for cars and motorcycles. So, if you are a builder your creations must be adapted for the speed at which you know your clients may want and will ride.
The idea of the Kodlin Q-Modo“ frame is simple: To offer the most radical custom curved down tubes low rider available built with strong material and advanced welding technologies. Although the rigid frame is much lower than any other stock frame, it still has enough ground clearance to allow tough riding. Evidently comfort will be minimal to non existent and you are better off to use a special seat shock and the extra fat triple tree/front end proposed proposed by Fred Kodlin for this frame. To complete the picture, know that Loretta has a 40-degree neck rake with an extra 5 degrees added via the raked triple tree. Anyone riding the US highways like he is traveling an Autobahn? Fred Kodlin.