Disappointment, it’s not made out of 22 Titanium. Not really, the builder/owner being a very good airbrush artist you would swear it is when standing close to the bike like I did while covering 3 weeks ago the Custom Chrome Europe Bike Show Series in Mainz, Germany. A reputable motorcycle painter sees a lot of chassis going through his shop. The opportunity for him to get a very precise idea of what he would do if he would build his own bike.
In 2007 Danny Schramm decided it was the perfect time to go in building mode. So, he ordered a gooseneck frame from Santee, was ready to get into action when a baby on his way aborted the project… Loads of painting jobs to accomplish in a hurry, several changes of mind regarding the way the bike should look and a few design mistakes requiring ultra custom fabrication to resolve issues made the 22 titanium bike a 7-year project. But it doesn’t matter anymore. Seven years later the 22 Titanium is completed, and winning many European bike shows against pro-builders Danny has forgotten all the trouble he had while building his precious project.
I am not going to list all difficulties encountered during the build, except very few. Adapt a Santee frame to a Pels Signature series swingarm, then adapting this swingarm to accept a 18″ x 11.5″ wheel (300 mm tire) and keeping everything centered and balanced without a huge offset, always the biggest enemy of all good handling bikes. Doing superb steel body fabrication until he realized that there was not enough room on his fabricated chassis to accept the right capacity oil tank, a powerful battery and all electricals. Having no choice than to find some company to accept to fabricate a one-off custom size battery… While working on his bike, having his little boy by his side using tools to play drums on just fabricated parts, etc.
Saturated with the fancy and colorful paint jobs of clients, like most painters painting their own bikes, Danny went for a very simple – but very expensive – scheme. He opted for a multi-layer chrome finish with polished titanium effects obtained through the application of layers of Silver Leaf. A very long and delicate process complemented with a few pinstripes to accent different parts and bike lines. For the build list, see the simplified tech sheet below. 22 Titamium by Schrammwerk with help of Dr. Koster Customs. (photography copyright Frank Sander for Cyril Huze)
22 Titanium Specs.
Builder & Owner: Danny Schramm
Labor hours: Doesn’t want to remember.
Engine: 88″ Rev Tech
Carburator: Mikuni HSR 42
Frame: gooseneck, 42-degree rake.
Swingarm: Ton Pels Signature series
Front wheel: Speedpoint 21 Zoll
Rear wheel:Speedpoint 11,5 x 18 Zoll