Green Rumble

rumble1rumble9Rumble13Rumble11Supposedly, a green painted motorcycle is bad luck. The 2 most frequent explanations to justify this legend are either the high number of racers crashing their green vehicles (cars & motorcycles) or the use of green military motorcycles during World War II making their riders duck targets for the enemy.

Maybe because it is green painted, “Rumble” was the first bike I noticed when last March I visited the Custom Chrome Europe bike show competition in Mainz, Germany. I learned that Uwe Sickert and partner Andrea Mayer, owners of Motor Visionen, built this board tracker inspired bike (at least part of it, the final assembly) during a live “Build-Off” show, and then went to win 1st place at the European Championship of bike building.

Rumble12Rumble17Not bad for a custom bike built on a somewhat reasonable budget (quite a few cheap and easy to find parts belonging to other brands and models), of course not counting Uwe and Andrea extensive labor time to execute beautiful details all over their bike.

Rumble14Rumble15Rumble was built from the ground up with a modified Penz frame with 40-degree rake in which was cradled a a 110″ RevTech engine. Front end had a former life as stock equipment on a Suzuki GSRX front end. The bike rolls on a pair of 23 x 3.5″ DNA Big Spoke wheels dressed in Avon (130 60 R23 65V) slowed by modified Suzuki GSRX brakes (brake disc in the rear.) Fuel and tanks were fabled at the shop.
rumble28Then, interesting details make the bike jump from above average to superb. Like the 1969 Ford Mustang oil cooler, the 1920’s vintage motorcycle fuel gauge, the hand and foot controls and exhaust tips all wrapped in leather, etc. Painter Lack Lauer didn’t discourage Uwe and Andrea to spray green all over the bike, and as of today Rumble brings luck to the shop, both at the bike shows and while rumbling on the streets of Dresden, Germany. Motor Visionen. (photography copyright Frank Sander for Cyril Huze)

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24 Responses to “Green Rumble”


  1. 1 Rigid May 27th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Very nice.

  2. 2 Rodent May 27th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Nice Museaum piece

  3. 3 bigalyts May 27th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Just a Beautiful piece of Motorcycle and what a great deal of craft, and by the way I think the Bike is more Blueish than greenish!

  4. 4 Zipper May 27th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Truly another work of art. Looks blue to me, but what do I know. ..Z

  5. 5 ChopperKulture May 27th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Well done again guys, good job!

  6. 6 MotorVisionen May 27th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

  7. 7 CallMeRabbit May 27th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Seafoam?

  8. 8 SIGFREED May 27th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    A green, hardtail, sportsbike, with dual hand-controls and a stick-shift..? I am I seeing things..?

    Still very cool though, the Europeans surely have a knack for pulling off that ‘Victorian’ feel, reminiscent of the era of the mechanical pioneers.

  9. 9 nicker May 27th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    RE:
    “…Supposedly, a green painted motorcycle is bad luck….”

    Never heard this this tripe till i got out of the service.
    Mostly from the clueless looking to appear “in the know” about anything motorcycle.
    (and, interestingly enough, some patch-holder types)

    -nicker-

  10. 10 Steve Carr May 27th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    as usual,

    a beautifully crafted bike which is really a work of rolling art, gets the usual less than positive comments from those that can’t seem to be able to show what they are capable of building.

    I like the bike and would be proud to meet the builders. We can all learn from builders like these guys ….

    build something of your own….show it ….or keep your negative mouths shut!

    Steve Carr

  11. 11 Doc Robinson May 28th, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I’m with Steve Carr!

  12. 12 Andrea Mayer (MotorVisionen) May 28th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Steve, you’re great!

  13. 13 Jezza May 28th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I’m with Steve and Doc, this thing is stunning. The craftsmanship is off the scale. Do the whiners know how hard it is to build something that looks that clean and balanced? The lines are beautiful. Great job MotorVisionen!

  14. 14 pokergolf420 May 28th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Turquoise Green?

  15. 15 spaz May 28th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    you’re all being too nice. that bike is friggin baby blue!

  16. 16 G. Resta May 28th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    A few among you suffer from Daltonism. I have a Pantone chart of colors next to me (in the printing business). This color is a green or light turquoise green. Not a blue. There is too much yellow mixed in the blue to be considered a blue.

  17. 17 Brett Taler May 28th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    SPAZ. Hey, no. Go to a baby clothing store and ask for something in baby blue. Will never be this color!

  18. 18 Shifter May 28th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Can you debate the bike instead of the green/blue color?

  19. 19 A 1 MIKE May 28th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    the bikes green, like all you haters who are green with envy!..build one or shut up…the people that actually build bikes on here like all the effort and craftsmanship..the people that don’t..well they make themselves look dumb with their comments..nice bike guys!

  20. 20 58_pan May 28th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Andrea and Uwe, they are great people! They love American cars too, there’s a beautifully restored Ford Ranchero to go with this bike, painted in the same color, whatever you choose to call it 🙂

  21. 21 Sark May 28th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Great looking bike, I’d like to own it!
    It’s not the bad luck shade of green.

  22. 22 HD1974 May 29th, 2013 at 1:29 am
  23. 23 burnout May 29th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I would love to ride this bike. Nice! peace

  24. 24 Blue May 30th, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Delighted to have award ed Rumble the BSH magazine award at the CCE show and to have featured it in the new issue of Back Street Heroes. 🙂

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