Supposedly, 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.
Not 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.
Rumble 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.
Then, 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)