A theme motorcycle can either be very tacky or simply wonderful and memorable when name and design really fit the purpose of the said custom bike. As you all already know, most top European builders and bikers alike, much more than Americans, are into torque and speed, and consequently have a special affinity with the powerful and low stance of the drag bike style. So, building such a bike with an Endeavour (space shuttle) name and theme seems quite appropriate. But, of course, success is in the execution…
It’s now almost 3 decades that Austrian Peter & German born Anita Penz have been the main source to go to for many builders around the world looking for strong and true frames (all TÜV approved) able to endure the autobahn or much worse terrain…You don’t last so long in the mc chassis business if you don’t do it right all the time for your professional and private clients. Every 18 months or so, the business duo and life couple releases a new custom having for objective to promote a new geometry of their frames, or accept to build a full-blown custom for a client looking for the full “Penz Style”.
Endeavour was commissioned by a German client from Hamburg by the name of Olli. Each year, his hometown welcome the Harley Days, an event where he had the chance to admire the rolling art of the best European builders. With the objective to be noticed wherever he rides and to own the best built/most admired custom motorcycle that can be seen cruising the streets of Hamburg. Olli decided that the Penzes were the most able to build him his dream show stopper.
Building from scratch your own frame may be a struggle, even for professional bike builders. Of course not for Peter Penz, his forte being to shape a chassis exactly as he, or a client, imagine it while making sure it’s a precise platform to welcome engine and tranny in a perfect alignment without necessary last minute modifications and shimming during final assembly. All the wish list details having been discussed in advance and thanks to weekly picture updates via email, from Hamburg 575 miles away from Penz Austrian shop, Olli was able to “see” Peter and Anita pursue the crucial sheet metal fabrication in a long but flowing and uninterrupted process.
Custom metalwork most noticeable parts include the classy gas tank with gorgeous streamlined “ribbing” on both sides and on the dash. The frame single downtube and air dam extending the same rib theme. The rear section, fender and the very original street fighter style small fairing housing both headlight and high tech instrumentation reminiscent, in a tiny version, of what could have been found inside the Endeavour Space Shuttle’s multi-functional electronic display system . Handlebar, seat pan, oil tank were also born at the shop as one-off Austrian creations.
Thanks to a left single-sided swingarm, the right side open view of the massive 9.5” wide wheel dressed with a 260 mm Metzeler tire is quite impressive and leaves no doubt about what Endeavour is all about. It was CNC machined by German V-Rod specialist “No Limit Custom” and was ordered complete with fitting 2 x 6-piston calipers and brake discs for rear and front. Reliable boost is provided by a genuine Harley-Davidson’s 103 Screamin’ EagleTwin Cam. A fitting paint job for this high-tech bike would certainly be a task to be assigned to Austria’s top airbrusher Marcus Pfeil of Pfeil Design. He has painted many “special” Penz Customs before, and on this project what seems at first glance to be a relatively easy job is, as a matter of fact, a sophisticated play of shades of white with silver leaf outlines to emphasize each square-inch detail of the bodywork masterful lines. Tech sheet is below. Penz Custom Bikes And Frames. (photography Werner Burgstaller for Cyril Huze)
Frame Model. Penz Dragstyle 5” stretch. 35-degree rake.
Swingarm. Single Side Penz Customs
Rear Susoension. Legeng Air Ride
Front Suspension. No Limit Customs/Marcocci GP 1
Engine. HD 103” Screamin’ Eagle With Modern Panhead Style rocker Box Covers
Front Wheel. 21 x 3.5’’ No Limit Customs GP 1
Front Tire. Metzeler 120/70-21
Rear Wheel. 21 x 9.5’’ No Limit Customs GP 1
Rear Tire. Metzeler 260/35/21
Brake Calipers. No Limit Customs 2 x 6-piston calipers
Brake Discs. No Limit Customs 13”
Air Cleaner. Rebuffini modified
Transmission. HD 5-speed
Open Belt system
Belt Final Drive
Gas tank. Penz.
Oil Tank. Penz
Paint. Marcus Pfeil