The Custom Chrome Europe event, part of CCE Bike Show Series, was held during the 2014 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy (January 24-26.) More than 60 custom motorcycles out of some 400+ exhibited at the Motor Bike Expo were nominated to compete in the Custom Chrome Europe competition. Participants are awarded in 4 different categories: Championship Class (one off custom bikes, with no strings or rules of design attached), Modified Harley Class (frame and motor must be original equipment from Harley-Davidson), RevTech Performance Class (bikes built around any platform of RevTech motor), Jammer Old School Class (bikes built with retro styling and motors, any frame and any drivetrain.) I may feature in details in the coming weeks some of the winners. (all photography @ H. Roesler for Cyril Huze)
Championship And Modified Harley Class Winner. “Klassy 9” By Ken’s Factory.
Moto journalists and professional builders were unanimous in rewarding Kenji Nagai, one of the best Japanese custom builders and designer of custom parts sold all over the world under the Cycle Kraft brand, both the title of Champion and of winner of the Harley Modified class. Many one-off parts tested on this machine will go in production in the coming months.
Jammer Old School Class Winner. “Bastarda Senza Gloria” By Inglourious Basterds Cycles.
A bike very representative of the emergence of the Italian custom building retro style. Awesome details all over. Engine is a mix of components from a 1948 Panhead and 1979 Shovelhead. All parts are one-off handcrafted or modified (gas tank is a modified German DKW.) Great paint job and leather work.
RevTech Performance Class Winner. 99 RRS by Asso Special Bikes.
Mario Colombo is well known in Italy for his all-aluminum V-Twin “Uno-nove-nove 199R RS” frame weighting just under 200 lbs! (16 kg) A single down tube splits into two box-shaped tubes holding engine and gearbox. The swing arm is also an aluminum structure using a Paioli monoshock. The hi-tech frame prototype is hosting a black Rev Tech 110“ engine with Baker 6-speed right side drive transmission for a superbly balanced weight distribution. All bodywork is made from carbon fiber.