Endeavour By Penz Customs. Ready For Lift-Off.

penz0000penz1penz2bispenz3A 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…

penz5penz7It’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”.

penz9penz13penz12Endeavour 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.

penz14penz6Building 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.

penz10penz11Custom 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.

1penzThanks 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)
Name. Endeavour
Builder. Penz
Fabrication. Penz
Assembly. Penz
Year. 2013/2014
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.
Fenders. Penz
Oil Tank. Penz
Headlight. Penz
Bars. Penz
Mirrors. Rizoma
Taillight. Highsider
Electrical. Penz
Paint. Marcus Pfeil

31 Responses to “Endeavour By Penz Customs. Ready For Lift-Off.”

  1. 1 Paul Kart Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Wow! Nice rolling piece of art.

  2. 2 Terence Tory Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Marcus Walz Hardcore all over again?

  3. 3 Josh Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    It’s not Walz style. It’s german’austrian/swiss style.

  4. 4 Drake Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Built for a client. If it’s what a client wants. What’s wrong?

  5. 5 P. Hamilton Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Great fab. Great girls!

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Layered, conflicted, design dilemma.

  7. 7 Garibaldi Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    European excess. Economy in Austria must be better than the US one. Proud owner must show off a lot. If you have the dollars or the euros…

  8. 8 HD Rider Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Nice headlights — look like Double D’s

  9. 9 Lynn Feb 17th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Peter & Anita builds are always amazing.It’s nice to see they are thinking outside the box on this bike.It’s great to see different ideas and the outcome.Peter & Anita are dear friends of mine and i always look forward to seeing what they come up with next.Love the picture of them with the bike.

  10. 10 BobS Feb 17th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    If the European builders and bikers alike are more into torque and speed than Americans (good for them if true)…why the basically stock HD 103 on what looks to be a pretty heavy chassis? Are there restrictions on turbos or aftermarket motors we don’t have here in the states? It would be ironic if we are the ones that can build customs with real power but choose not to while they are the ones that want to but can’t.

  11. 11 Kurt From Germany Feb 17th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    BobS. Yes, many more restrictions. More than you would tolerate in the US.

  12. 12 Stefan Graf Feb 17th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Yes, unfortunely we have a Lot of restrictions on Engine admissions.
    But Until now we Germans are the only Riders who can go as fast as we want. And can.
    On German Autobahn there’s in most Cases No Speed Limit at all….

    Like the bike from Austria.
    And Anita and Peter are real cool.

  13. 13 Dave Blevins Feb 17th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I have used Penz frames (purchased through Cyril of course) and always top quality, well thought out and stylish.
    Very nice folks at Penz, met Peter and Anita a couple of times over the years at bike week, always nice and very intelligent as well. Well worth your time to check out their bikes on their site.
    As usual, Terence Tory is talking without knowing (Walz remark above).

  14. 14 1550tc Feb 17th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Bike and the Fräuleins look great 🙂

  15. 15 SIGFREED Feb 17th, 2014 at 2:32 pm


    They simply ‘wring’ the snot out of motors here in Europe. Advice: NEVER buy a used HD/V-Twin-Custom in Europe. Plus many shops offer ‘clever’ exhaust set-ups that ‘fool’ the TUV Gestapo.

    PS: will never understand why HD became so obsessed with the TEEN-GLIDE (viz 500/750cc) – they should rather have spent the time and money to “upgrade” the V-Rod in the direction of the Euro V-Twin Dragster.

  16. 16 Bruce Reynard Feb 17th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Like the body work.

  17. 17 C. Martinez Feb 17th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Not my cup of tea, but well executed.

  18. 18 Blackmax Feb 17th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Very nice !!!!
    And the bike is pretty cool too !

  19. 19 Sam Johnson Feb 17th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    We no more see bikes like that in the US. Only Cyril and Arlen could do more…if they wanted! Reminiscent of years pre-2008, pre-collapse of many US custom builders. Well, the industry also need customs like this one to progress, to make people who are not bikers fall in love with the aesthetic beauty of motorcycles. Nothing to be criticized on this radical machine.

  20. 20 Scott Dow Feb 17th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Headlight fairing looks very cool.

  21. 21 Jason Sherman Feb 17th, 2014 at 5:52 pm


  22. 22 George Pulitzer Feb 17th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I didn’t like white bikes until this one.

  23. 23 Jeff Duval Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Deja Vu a million times…

  24. 24 Johny Letgo. Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Maybe not a new design but a very cool metal fab. work.

  25. 25 scampman13 Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    What’s not to like about it? I would like to have one.
    Nice low cg, even an old guy like me could keep it upright:-))

  26. 26 Gary Princeton Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Superb machine.

  27. 27 Zoomer Feb 18th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Top notch work as always Peter and Anita. The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. BTW Peter, get rid of the eye-candy and just let Anita showcase the bikes. Much classier looking than the floozies. See you both in a couple of weeks at Tonys.

  28. 28 Martin Twofeather Feb 18th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Excellent work it is a masterpiece……….

  29. 29 Jack deagazio Feb 18th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Nice looking bike peter, like always amazing work. We are going to miss you two at bike week, hopefully see you at European bike week. Say hi to anita.

  30. 30 Ben Feb 18th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    It’s a cool bike and I would gladly ride it. That said, nothing about it puts me in mind of the space shuttle. I may just not be hip enough I guess.

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