Another Italian custom motorcycle won top honors in the Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. This one was built in Italy’s northeast region of Veneto (yes, it’s where Venice is located) and brought a huge “Modified Harley-Davidson” 1st place trophy to its builder, Lorenzo “Boccin” from Boccin Custom Cycles.
Via photography I knew this bike since it was debuted in Europe in January of this year at the Italian Motor Expo. In any European bike show where it was displayed, then again in August in Sturgis, this small and simple 46 Knucklehead is always a spectators and media favorite. Proof of the strength of the “new old school” styling movement, currently as strong and popular in Europe & Asia as it is in America.
Knuckle 46 is a perfect representation of a trend that re-emerged from garages around the globe. In this case, an original frame from the WWII era, an Iconic Harley-Davidson engine perfectly rebuilt, a choice of parts, accessories and of styling details both current and nostalgic, brilliant chrome and dazzling metal flake paint.
Lorenzo bought the very poor shape original Harley Knucklehead from an old man in Germany, kept it in his shop a few years until he got a clear vision of the way it should be reborn. At the end of 2011 he had only 3 months to do a complete engine restoration and treatment, to clean the HD frame from its unwanted tabs and welds, to fabricate all the body parts and multiple brackets and accessories, to engrave and chrome many parts to be ready on time in January 2012 for the first important indoor show of the year. If you like retro, you can buy one of the brand new 2013 Hard Candy Harley-Davidson models, or you can rebirth an old Harley. Guess which way I would like you to go. And the most costly is not necessarily the one you think of. What about soul? Boccin Custom Cycles. (photography by Onno Wieringa copyright AMD World Championship)