Postcards From The Swiss Performance Show

Did you know that Switzerland is the only country outside the US where Harley-Davidson tops other brands in terms of new sales? In the Swiss Confederation, Harley market share is 20%! A country loving American V-Twins with a yearly show in Zurich called Swiss Performance (Feb. 16-18) where these pictures were taken. Of course, also a lot of Italian, Japanese and Japanese custom bikes are participating. A few shots of those bikes competing for Swiss Gold. (photography courtesy of H. Roesler)

“White Snake” was the big winner and built by Bundnerbike, an official Harley-davidson dealer. 300 mm rear tire is still popular in Europe…

Hard Nine Choppers proved again that the Yamaha XS 650 is still a popular choice for customizers. A complete engine restoration in a new custom rigid frame turned it into a hard core street bike.

A very cool 1946 Harley Flatty by Markus Humbel with discrete modifications to not alter its authenticity.

Have you ever seen a Ducati turned into a Streetfighter?

A Thruxton by Triumph Alpnachstad

“Metal Mulisha” by Streetfighters Switzerland is originally a 1999 Kawasaki ZRX 1100Snake II is a custom 2009 Ducati Streetfighter created by Wiss builders David Canonica and Andreas Fraefel. Lots of carbon fiber parts.

11 Responses to “Postcards From The Swiss Performance Show”

  1. 1 Donny Mar 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I have a weakness for Flatties.

  2. 2 CafeSportyTC Mar 2nd, 2012 at 11:09 am

    for some reason i think “Panzer” better suits “white snake”. I really like the Flathead too.

  3. 3 Shifter Mar 2nd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    “Did you know that Switzerland is the only country outside the US where Harley-Davidson tops other brands in terms of new sales?” No, I didn’t know. Cyril knows more than anyone!

  4. 4 David Mar 2nd, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    So I guess this US and Swiss thing just goes to show there really must be smarter people in the rest of the world, because they are buying other motorcycles and not being influenced by a fad.

    SSDD; David

  5. 5 Oldude Mar 3rd, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Love the XS 650! Like to run the streets in my homey place with it.

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Mar 3rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    “…..300 mm rear tire is still popular in Europe…”

    I have news for everyone…..the big tire thing is still alive and well here as well ….. especially in the southern US. I am always asked “don’t you have something with a bigger rear tire” or “can you build this with a 300 tire” at the events.

    We have 59 motorcycles on order and in production in various states of completion ….. 51 of those have or will have at least a 250 rear tire or larger going on them (nothing larger than a 300). About the only thing we see being ordered with a “smaller” rear tire than a 250 is our “Good Time Bobbers” and even then most of those have a 200 rear tire.

    Go figure…….

    Over & Out,


  7. 7 Iron Horse Mar 3rd, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I’m diggin’ the XS 650 and the Flattie…both are very cool rides. While I do personally have 1 bike with a 250 tire, I feel that a 180 or 200 is a much better choice…just my humble opinion though.

  8. 8 Kirkland Mar 4th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The jockey shift on this transmission seems to be the ratchet top, which with no “false neutral” between the gears (that being a steady, but precarious place to rest the shift lever between two spring-loaded prawls, both eagerly waiting for any vibrations that will bump the drum into gear). The shifting is to stomp the clutch (which can have no return spring, except that of the clutch spring circle) aka, “suicide”. The linkage from the pedal to the release arm must be able to rattle at all times, or the clutch push rod will make contact with the “throwout bearing” in the kicker cover and wear-out iT out. The shifting pattern for this machine (unless there’s an FX shifter cam under that lid), is back for first gear and Forward to 2nd, 3rd, 4th.

    This short video clip, engineered by 7th grader Ricardo Campo, provides an AxleCam view, and illustrates the Forward for first and Back for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, using an 1975-E79 FX shifter cam (34006-74). An drop-in part. With your permission then:

  9. 9 Tom Keefer/ Franklin Church Choppers Mar 4th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Well said Jeff, I only could dream of having 59 bikes on order but just yesterday I had a customer ask for a 300 tire build.

  10. 10 TPJ Customs Mar 5th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Rene your bike is great. Enjoy the big beer with yella

  11. 11 Kirkland Mar 6th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    The 1975-E79 shifter cam (34006-74) is a mirror image of the (34019-73) shifter cam, and when used with a jockey shift and rocker clutch configuration, will produce a shift pattern of: Forward for first, back for neutral, 2nd, 3rd, 4th – and transmits a tremendous amount of zap the Neanderthalic ego.

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