Last week in Essen, Germany, partners Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea at Irish custom shop Medaza Cycles , received the trophy & ring given to the 2013 World Champion Of Bike Building. They beat off a strong competition of 66 custom motorcycles in the Freestyle Class, a category of very innovative bikes, all one-off, built from the ground up on any chassis, platforms or drivetrains.
Relatively unknown until a few months ago when they also won the Irish Championship during the Carol Nash Show in Dublin,the 2 partners were unanimously voted by their competitors as this year’s most creative for design, engineering and quality of details. A rapid look at Medaza Cycles Website shows that they have a very eclectic taste, something summarized in their custom philosophy and slogan: “Building Bikes For Discerning Gentlemen And Teenage Punks”
Called “Rondine”, this year’s world champion is a one-off frame designed to cradle a 1971 single cylinder Moto Guzzi Nuevo Falcone 500 engine. Frame features an unusual combination of stretch (2″) and rake (56-degree) to which are attached a Girder front end built from an heavily modified V-Rod swingarm (!) and a one-off swingarm, resulting is a very unique bike architecture and stance.
Engine mods include rocker box de-finned, engine increase to 580 cc, lighter weight valves, pumper carb, lightened flywheel, modified lubrication system, one-off permanent magnet alternator and beautifully routed stainless oil lines. Other shop fabricated parts include one-off exhaust, handlebars, electrics box and rear peg sets in stainless, one-off brake discs and mounts to carry Harrison calipers. Both wheels (19″ front & rear) are modified V-Rod. Medaza Cycles Ireland. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD World Championship, courtesy to Cyril Huze)