Inaugural Sturgis Road Show Champion

Two weekends ago, with this boardtracker style custom bike, Kundratic Kustoms was proudly named the inaugural Sturgis Road Show Champion during the second leg of the Custom Chrome Chrome International Bike Show Series. With this win Brian Kundratic strengthens his position as a respected builder proving again that intensive labor, more than buying expensive catalog parts,  is the only way to achieve greatness in a custom motorcycle. As simple as it may look, this bike required over 1200 hours of custom machining, stretching, rolling and welding to arrive at the result you see here…

Brian is the youngest of 5 boys who grew up around his older brothers heavily involved in cars and motorcycles. While working full-time at his fathers’ cabinet shop, Brian started tinkering on his friends bikes in his spare time in the basement of his home, the same place his father started his cabinet business decades ago. After running out of room, he moved the workshop to an empty space next door to his dad’s business. The shop was tucked away in the corner of an industrial park where there wasn’t any street presence, so business was all word-of-mouth.  As word got around & the business kept growing, Brian had no choice but to leave his father’s shop for good and work full time on bikes. Far from being a beginner on the custom scene, Brian is in business since 1994 servicing, fabricating & building custom motorcycles and parts, offering in-house  extensive fabricating & machine work, engine & tranny work, mig & tig welding.

Brian Kundratic started this project for his life-long friend Nick Klosteridis whose wish list was contained in a few words: a low and very simple Bobber with a Knuckle engine and a foot note stating “Nothing Crazy.” Well, you know how things often go from there. Days passing by, conversations between builder and client/friend revolved around the good ol’ time and times of early racing, and what was supposed to be a Bobber got some aging and turned into a bike with genes from the Boardtracking era.

Brian heavily modified a Kraftech rigid frame, installed a new 93″ Flathead Power Knuckle breathing deep through 2 velocity stacks bolted on a Dual S & S Super B carburetor, coupled it with a 5-speed Primo belt drive, a Springer front end (why not leaf spring forks?), modified a Fat Katz tank to be both gas and oil, used a West Eagle ribbed rear fender, welded perimeter rotors from Hank Young on a set of spoke wheels (both 21″ x 1.85″) dressed in Avon Vemom tires, fabled his own exhaust, bars and taillight, and ordered a solo seat at Victory custom Interiors. All finish being a mix of polished and brushed parts. looks very simple? Do it. Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles. (photography copyright H. Roesler for Cyril Huze)

14 Responses to “Inaugural Sturgis Road Show Champion”

  1. 1 Englishman May 2nd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Nice look. I feel the rear brake rotor would work better where it wouldn’t get oil slung all over it from the chain/leaky trans seal… but then again, will this see any serious miles?

  2. 2 A 1 CYCLES May 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am

    its a modern trans shouldnt leak.

  3. 3 busfreak May 2nd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Well done, simple and just looks nice. Deserves to be a winner.

  4. 4 chaos george May 2nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    great bike period. gotta love haters.

  5. 5 highrpm May 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    love the slim look. very nice.

  6. 6 road rash May 2nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    A job well done, very clean and to the point… Congratulations.

  7. 7 MJ Reynolds May 2nd, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I am a product of the 60’s so naturally, I love panheads and knuckles.

  8. 8 maroco May 2nd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Love the bike, little pinstriping and just fantastic.

  9. 9 Big Mike May 2nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    It’s a beautiful peice of work. Speaking to the 1200 hours invested, I believe it. It’s much harder to make a bike simple and clean looking.

  10. 10 rogue phil May 2nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Less is more

  11. 11 Tom Keefer/ Franklin Church Choppers May 3rd, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Great job Brian! Narrow and clean!

  12. 12 Q-Ball May 3rd, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Way to go Brian. You made Baltimore proud!

  13. 13 Tom Keller (thug custom cycles) May 3rd, 2011 at 7:09 am

    i like it…

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