The Italy Verona’s Motor Bike Expo (January 20-22) is always showcasing a very large contingent of some of the best custom motorcycles in the world. Usually, brand new creations coming from all over Europe and the rest of the world that later you will be able to admire in other US bike shows and print magazines. But this year, in terms of attendance by the public (120,000 visitors during the weekend) and participation of builders (50 builders received awards), the Expo was even bigger. The reason? “The Verona organization approached us to add a competitive and exciting feature to their already popular program”, explains Custom Chrome General Manager Andreas Scholz, “The CCE Bike Show attracted even more builders and allowed them to win more trophies. more recognition from the public and from their peers and to increase their exposure to international medias. You are the first to preview some of the most remarkable bikes of the Verona’s Motor Bike Expo and Show.
Cory Ness debuted “Gold Digger”, a custom motorcycle built from parts belonging exclusively to the Ness and Custom Chrome catalogs. It is based on the new “Ness Digger” frame, a modern re-edition of the old one that Arlen was using in the 70’s/80’s. Arlen and Cory met Andreas Scholz of Custom Chrome Europe to introduce new custom parts like the Ness height and angle adjustable handlebars. “Gold Digger” is now starting a European tour with the CCE display.
The Championship Class Winner was this boardtrack style racer tribute named “Ironborne”. Built by a shop called Borderline, it features a single down tube frame, a Shovelhead engine with reshaped heads and a leaf Spring front end. A “weathered” paint job and a multitude of beautiful details made unanimity among the judges.
The Modified Harley-Davidson Winner was this very minimalist Cafe Racer built by Leo of Italian shop Passion 4 Customs. A racy stance, nice body work, Shovelhead powered and HD drum brakes.
RevTech Performance Class Winner. Named Tazio after the legendary italian motorcycle and car racer Tazio Nuvolari (1892 – 1953) this unique handcrafted masterpiece clearly underlines the craftmanship of Mirku Perugini at Gallery Motorcycles. One-off rigid frame with a cool front suspension. Of course, a RevTech engine and 6-speed gearbox to be able to compete in this class, DNA wheels, OMP front and Kustom Tech rear brakes.
The Jammer Old School Class Winner built by Garage 69 deserved its win because of the amount of hand fabricated parts featured on this 1978 Shovelhead: forward controls, handlebar, lights, exhaust, seat and oil tank. Seat, footpegs and grips are carved from wood.
Carlo Colombo of Asso Special Bikes has struck a chord with his 199 RS all aluminum frame that allows V-Twin powered bikes weighting less than than 200 kg (about 480 pounds.) Powered by a RevTech engine, the 199 RS is also equipped with carbon fiber body. The bike placed 2nd in the RevTech Performance Class. (with the contribution of Horst Roesler for show info and bikes photography)