I already know the type of comments that this extreme custom bike is going to provoke. Most will not dig it. And those who do will have some difficulties understanding how it was built to remain more than a piece of art and of mechanical ingenuity, remaining a riding motorcycle (I know, with moderation…) Each year, Bozzies, a.k.a. Hans Bos, designs at least one ultra radical bike. His objective is of course promotional, trying to get as much media coverage around the custom world as possible to benefit his Utretch, Netherlands based custom shop.
Looking at this contraption, most will think that a computer CAD program was used. Wrong: Bozzies is almost allergic to computers. A good sketch artist? Nope. Bozzies can’t draw Mickey Mouse. So, born from his imagination, without any plan? Yes, he affirms. And the other surprising part of the story is that Bozzies didn’t have many or even one major fabrication or mechanical issue during the build, leo less than one is building an average mild custom…
Whatever the immediate emotional love/hate reaction you may have, there is a long list of one-off features that will make you first scratch your head, then get your respect for the “no fear” approach of the builder. I list a few of “Real Steel” advanced tricks. A “double action” front fork, a dummy gas tank, the fuel tank (about 4.8 gallon capacity) being located inside the one-off rear rim in which 40 plates drilled with some holes keep the fuel in the right place when the wheel is spinning! And if it was enough, the huge rear wheel (300 mm tire) is multi-tasking, also hiding the battery. air ride control, ignition switch and motor management…One action braking with a 60% front, 40% rear. split. All 3 brakes (2 front, 1 in the rear) are recessed 0.118″ inside both wheels with hidden calipers. All electrical wiring and oil hoses are going through the swing arm . Fuel pump and coil are incorporated into the frame.
Surprisingly, Bozzies picked an S&S Panhead style engine yo power this high -ech bike. Transmission is Baker 6-speed. Other major one-off parts made at the shop include: all bodywork in steel, the frame, single sided swingarm, wheels, handlebars and grips, the foot mid-controls, the jockey shift with integrated motor mound, the intake air cleaner, seat, exhaust, etc… Bozzies Custom Shop. ( photography Onno “Berseker” Wiringa for Cyril Huze)