The 2013 Best European Custom Bikes At Custom Chrome Europe Bike Show Series

ceremonyA terrific event this weekend in Mainz, Germany. Very well organized and a superb promotion for all custom builders and for the overall custom motorcycle industry. The 2013 Custom Chrome Europe Bike Show Series has an official list of winners. I share it with you.(some bikes are winners in more than one category) All photography copyright Horst Roesler, Frank Sander, Onno Bersek Wieringa for Cyril Huze exclusive


kruggerawrdkrugger2krugger11st Place. Krugger. Frederic Bertrand (Belgium)

054054-12nd Place.L&L. Paul. Netherlands.

09797-13rd Place. Wakas Bikes. Marco. Italy


091091-11st Place: TMT. Tomas Turner. Czech Republic.

079079-12nd Place. Sasse Von Essen. Germany.

119119-13rd Place. Thunderbike. Germany.


068068-11st Place. Motorvisionen. Germany.

027027-12nd Place. Custom Wolf. Germany.

08108113rd Place. Schrammwerks. Germany


091-10911st Place. TMT. Thomas Turner. Czech Republic.

079-10792nd Place. Sasse Von Essen. Germany.

054-10543rd Place: L&L. Paul. The Netherlands.

Cyril-Huze-Fred-KruggerOn January 28, 2013 I featured in exclusivity “Black Bomber”, a tribute by Fred Krugger to the legendary 1966 CB Black Bomber.

I guess I had good intuition, guessing who could become the CCE European Champion.

You can read again my story about this great custom bike by jumping HERE.





CCE-TrophiesCyril Huze Andreas Scholz


Special thanks to Custom Chrome Europe Managing Director Andreas Scholz, Marketing Director Axel Scherer, Simone Messer and all the crew of CCE, to all vendors from the USA and Europe present in Mainz, 
 to my friends photographers, to my fellow Custom Builders and Dealers, to my European media colleagues and to the enthusiast public of bikers for the terrific professional and personal time I had with all of them in Germany. (picture with Andreas Scholz)

52 Responses to “The 2013 Best European Custom Bikes At Custom Chrome Europe Bike Show Series”

  1. 1 rebel Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Congrats to all, still like those cutout wheels a lot! It seems europeans embrace the shows we should all appreciate, instead of condemn.

  2. 2 Shifter Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    All are great customs in different styles. Good inspiration for all builders. Thanks Cyril.

  3. 3 Hamilton Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Love the red one by Wakas Bikes Italy. Looks like a terrific bike show.

  4. 4 J. Grant Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    All Great bikes. Now we need a full feature on each.

  5. 5 Greeko Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Conclusion. Don’t underestimate european bike builders!

  6. 6 Boots Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Great coverage of the event! Good looking bikes

  7. 7 Vinnie Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    These guys (in Europe) have all the fun… Congrats CCI and all the great builders.

  8. 8 TodT Mar 25th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Wow, that’s a beautiful bunch of builds…… sure would be nice to see these in person.

  9. 9 Pat Johnson Mar 25th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    In all these bikes there is something I like. Great coverage of what’s going on in Europe.

  10. 10 Patrick Sendell Mar 25th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    In Championship Class, number 2 & 3 could have won.

  11. 11 Bruce Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    CCE with Cyril’s help does a lot to promote the custom industry. You’re great.

  12. 12 Twin Rage Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I don’t understand why CC Europe seems so prosperous and CC USA always in a hole. Anyone can explain?

  13. 13 Alan Gallaher Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Fred Krugger (Belgium) and Cyril Huze (Franco American) can speak to each other in French. What do they talk about?

  14. 14 Sony Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Gallaher. They talk about food. Hee, hee.

  15. 15 Peter Drach Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Cyril. I want to go next year with a US custom bike. Possible?

  16. 16 Johny Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    For me, the best is by Tomas Turner.

  17. 17 Francesca Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    CCE knows how to do it.

  18. 18 AFT Customs Mar 25th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Well done Fred. I bet CCI loved giving the award to a Metric bike!

  19. 19 nick Mar 25th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Another beauty from Freddy K. Great work Freddy NYC Choppers. Keep it up
    Lots of Really nice bikes from Europe. They are evolving, Showing some fresh looks.

  20. 20 SIGFREED Mar 25th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Mmmmm, mmm, mmmmmmm – Europe is simply in a class of ONE…

  21. 21 John E Adams Mar 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    An amazing set of bikes and builds here – nice work on the coverage Cyril!

  22. 22 Highrider Mar 25th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Well I cannot find anything to say other than, Glad I don’t have to ride anything like that.

    Maybe Bobby Kinevil could do a Bike Jump with a D-9 Cat

    Sorry couldn.t resist LOL.

  23. 23 roadrash Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    kruger always wins, think hes paying someone off, although his bike is cool I seen alot of other bikes that were way better than his .. something going on there if you ask me, but as kernel klink would say…..I SEE NOOOOTHING

  24. 24 Bigalyts Mar 25th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I would like to Congradulate to the Euro Crowd for their Spirit. They have the Spirit and Passion that most builders wish they have. I am not a Builder so I can’t comment on the feelings that are associated with building and Winning. I wish that your Passion is spread to the Builders that are looking at your Work! Cyril please eat Carbs.

  25. 25 Septic the Sceptic Mar 25th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Funny how the second Best in Show, only got third in the Jammer class.

  26. 26 Snikrep Nitram Mar 26th, 2013 at 3:17 am

    1st Place. Krugger. Frederic Bertrand (Belgium) makes the day. Looks great and admirable to have such a simply motorbike.

  27. 27 Terence Tory Mar 26th, 2013 at 4:57 am

    If the Krugger CB450 actually runs I’d be surprised.With the cranky old Keihin C.V. carbs jutting forward into the airstream with stacks I doubt it would get to eighty miles per hour.But I guess it only has to be wheeled into a rental van to get to a t shirt photo shoot or to be hung on a bracket on a wall in a lowlands coffee shop to gaze at through smoke.The only real lifestyle this reflects is Karl Lagerfeld’s.

  28. 28 krugger Mar 26th, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Well ,thanks everybody for the kind word! It was an unexpected result but I really enjoyed it !!

    This project was a simple, peacefull work! A smal project …. just for the fun….

    Terence Tory, that’s too bad that you don’t take time to read the nice full feature /post from Cyrill about my bike … You could have read: “an air cleaner is being added for protection during road use”….

    As soon as the Belgium weather will be sunny, I will made a video where you will appreciate the riding of this “Lagerfeld’s style bike”….

  29. 29 Celtdad Mar 26th, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Kruger’s 450 is a great tribute bike. I can remember riding my CB450 year round since it was all I could afford back then. It would exceed 100mph but I was too scared to try going faster, I rode that bike from coast to coast in 1968 and again in 73. I got out of the military in 76 and sold it to another soldier. It had over 80k miles with nothing but regular maintenance, 2 sets of tires and a headlight due to a bird strike in the Sierras. Thanks for a beautiful bike and the memories.

  30. 30 Rodent Mar 26th, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Nice art pieces, some rideable , most not.

  31. 31 Terence Tory Mar 26th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    “I will ride it”.”I will fit an air cleaner”.Virtually all of the show bikes here all seem to be trailer queens and your headers seem to indicate it’s never even been started.Why do euro bike shows tolerate bikes that will be never be even half-legal or ridden on a road?

  32. 32 krugger Mar 26th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    It seems that you don’t know my work Terence!!! A little example: 6 years ago , I built a bike with a XB 9 engine! With this bike , I competed on the Bonneville BUB (top speed on 1000 APS/PP)and wan the “Artistry in Iron” in Végas one month later….!! I could give you more example but , I’m sorry, I need to go on the jig… to build an other “trailer queen” bike…. 🙂

  33. 33 Terence Tory Mar 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I guess English is a second language.I know your work and I’ve only commented on this bike,not your other past efforts.Don’t let me stop your werk.

  34. 34 Horst Roesler Mar 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hi folks & greetings from the other side of the “pond”. To answer Terence’s Q “Why do euro bike shows tolerate bikes that will be never be even half-legal or ridden on a road?” I can give you a few answers, some of which may surprise you.

    Since I have a bit of organisational back round on the CCE show, the first reason is we have to adapt to the rules and reg’s of the places we stage those shows. In this case the hall – former converted Railroad wagon repair shop / then US-Army Tank repair shop, now concert hall – does not allow ANY fuel in the tanks. we literally beg the builders to arrive “empty” and we have to pump out all fuel.

    Then of course – like Bike Expo Verona – this is a wintertime show (as we felt this year…), start of the season and some of the bikes ain’t fully finished yet. But it is – as the name implies – the Custom Chrome “Dealer” Show, organised “from professionals for professionals” and even if the motorcycle is in a unpainted / raw state, competitors and visitors alike can “extrapolate” what they see into a future result. The idea of the show is not about “ridability” (for this, CCE stages the Ride-Inn Show at European Bike Week in September, where the word is taken seriously), but about design, style, technology and new ideas – focussed: “Excellence in all aspects of Motocycle Customizing . At the time when the bikes are close to hit the roads.

    CCE never had a qualm or a second thought of giving away a price to any brand, be it Honda this year, BSA two years ago and event a bike that had a frame of a competing distributor. This Show is created to multiply the interest, something quite obvious badly needed at the moment, and to spread/share ideas.

    As I usually state: Every bike is a reflection of the abilities and craftmansship of the creators and even thought there may be only slight variations from what we have seen, it could be a minor detail that sparks off a new idea in somebody else and “bang” – you have somebody else customizing his motorcycle, spreading the word….

    I’ve been to bikeshows all over the globe and onething never changes: Most bikes are finished in the very last minute before the show:)

    Any of these bikes will be ridden to some extend – I even saw a happy customer jumping onto #2 Modified HD who can’t wait for getting on the road, while I was commenting “this bike is far too nice to put ever into German weather”. You’d be surprised what is possible legally and how European make it ridable.

  35. 35 Terence Tory Mar 26th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Well that explains why Krugger’s Honda hasn’t been run.A bike custom show without a running bike to be seen:european logic at it’s finest.

  36. 36 MotorVisionen Mar 26th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Terence: Look at RUMBLEs (1st Revtech class) heaters!
    You judge based on a few photos. If you are the bikes could have seen live, then you would have to have a realistic picture.

  37. 37 Terence Tory Mar 26th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    MotorVisionen:I guess you mean headers.What’s your bike for? To park in the shop or ride around the block?

  38. 38 MotorVisionen Mar 26th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Missing windshields, heated grips and panniers are not indicative of non-ridability!

  39. 39 axel Mar 26th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    At least most blue marked headers here have nothing to hide!
    http://n.a/ is all I see from TT! Open face is not yours…

  40. 40 Scott Sjovall Mar 27th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m not sure what bug you have stuck somewhere but your negativity isn’t healthy. I was at the show all weekend and I can tell you that the riders and builders in Europe take riding very seriously, especially Fred.

    To the CCE team and everyone else that was at the show. MANY THANKS for a great time and for all the enthusiasm that makes this industry great! I always look forward to going accross the pond and this weekend didn’t dissapoint.


  41. 41 P. Schneider Mar 27th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Was also visiting the show. The best in Europe for bikes quality. It needs time to uncover all the tricks these customs incorporate in their designs. Cyril will probably feature them in details and demonstrate the creativity of all these builders. It’s because of these builders that the industry is progressing. Oem people look at them for inspiration and will steal what they can to improve their factory bikes. Thanks Cyril for supporting these builders and the CCE show.

  42. 42 Gary Kohnson Mar 27th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Bravo Krugger and all builders. Bravo CCE.

  43. 43 Axel Mar 27th, 2013 at 10:05 am
  44. 44 barney fife Mar 29th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Love Mr. Krugger’s entry.

  45. 45 Grady Pfeiffer Mar 30th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Terrence,you need to take a chill pill and unwind your panties. It’s obvious you don’t know much about the custom bike culture. I have been honored to be a judge of the CCE shows for many years and each year is the European Bulilders turn out new and imaginative bikes, cheers to them.
    Thanks to the CCE team and there hard work, Horst for your fabulous photography and Cyril for your coverage of once again a great show.

  46. 46 Grady Pfeiffer Mar 30th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Sorry for the misspell, ” their show”

  47. 47 Terence Tory Mar 31st, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Rodent :You are right.A dealer show of mostly unrideable bikes judged by dealers.Some old marketing guy said:” It’s obvious you don’t know much about the custom bike culture”,this guy’s business is to rent tent and bench space to guys who actually do stuff,I gather.Invite only and pay by the square foot for space? Only open entry and ride in shows really reflect anything genuine about what guys actually build and ride. I can’t see any new ideas here at all,a few rehashed Walz or Bourget design copies from about a decade ago,for example. Peace,Love,Dove.

  48. 48 Donnie Mar 31st, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Terence. The show is judged by the builders in competition (not voting for their own bikes), not by the dealers visiting the show. Regarding these bikes, they are full of innovations. Difficult to see on pictures until Cyril feature (I hope) these bikes in details, one per one. I see quite a few creative solutions on these pictures. But to see them you need some technical knowledge that you don’t seem to own.

  49. 49 Terence Tory Mar 31st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Donnie. “But to see them you need some technical knowledge that you don’t seem to own.” Knowledge?,how about:designer,fabricator,welder,machinist,M/C mechanic,chassis repairer/pro.Do I need to add,. Race team? Probably not.Suspension technician.Rider trainer? I seem to own a bit,aye.

  50. 50 Donnie Mar 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Terence. Your qualifications? Blah, blah, blah until you show us your bike(s). Send photos to Cyril. BTW, with so much expertise, you must have a website. Link?

  51. 51 Terence Tory Mar 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am


  52. 52 COY Apr 2nd, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Sorry to all the nay-sayer’s out there, I am an American living and working in Germany. Some custom one off builds DO run and were driven to the show. Number 51 (mine) was driven in and emptied of gas before going into the show. 9000 Km since finished and showed beautifully (fat tire 124″ S&S Pro Street). BTW, I was the only american entrant in the show.

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