Although all winners of the Custom Chrome Europe Championship Series that I featured at the beginning of the week impress me for their creativity, the beauty and craftsmanship on this Harley Flathead Sidecar makes it my favorite to feature. The best 3-wheeler I have seen in many, many years. Samuele Reali (and his crew of friends) at Abnormal Cycles in Brianza near Milan is already well known in Europe for his amazing creations and restorations. And when he uncovers a rare find like this 1942 Harley-Davidson model U 74″(1213 cc), even in a very bad shape, you can expect the best from a team ready to work up to one year, including many nights, to produce no less than a masterpiece.
After painstakingly rebuilding the V-twin side-valve engine and restoring what was original parts in their possession, the Italian boys decided to do some restyling, noably hand fabricating new forks. Then it was time to go sidecar hunting all over Europe and the only one they found was a 1956 model in a terrible condition, necessitating a full rebuild of the rear and under part, then requiring a lot of intense labor to adapt it to the original 1942 Harley-Davidson frame.
Sidecar wood interior is the work Davide Aresi, an expert in revitalizing old art and at creating custom furniture. Bike wheels, front & rear 18″, come from Jonich and are dressed with 1958 Intalian Ceat tires. Brakes are from Kustom Tech. And the paint job you are going to ask? Well, listen to this.Luca Zuchelli hand covered all body with titanium leaf, about 3000 leaves have been used… Then they shot 20 coats of clear and to finish a coat of candy black! Well, I know many bikers who would love to play the delivery boy using such a masterpiece. Last weekend, it won the Best Modified Harley Class and the Best Jammer Class at the CCE Championship in Germany. You may see it in Sturgis in August. Abnormal Cycles Italy. (pictures copyright Onno Wieringa (Madness-photography), H. Roesler & F. Sander for Cyril Huze)