On June 28th, as soon as I published postcards from the Magic Bike Rudesheim Bike Show, I received an unusual number of emails requesting a feature on “The Virus”, the custom bike winner of both the highly competitive Radical Class and absolute Best Of Show of the competition. Immediately I contacted Bike Show organizer, friend of the industry and photographer Horst Roesler who gifted me, and you, with this set of studio pictures.
if well designed, I like all types of custom motorcycles. But without consideration of the bike purpose – from short city stints to long distance touring, my taste leans more on the naked than on the fully clothed style. In addition, mixing old or classic parts with modern technology has been proven by many builders as producing exquisite custom motorcycles that 3 generations of bikers from Millenials to Generation X to Baby Boomers are embracing together.
On the same philosophy of creating customs showing the most visceral expression of mechanized 2-wheel transportation, Michael Naumann created in 2012 an acclaimed bike called “Stick 52”.
Two years later, “The Virus” is a step forward in his search of modern motorcycle art purity with old school DNA. And to pursue his quest for simplicity -basically all what you need to be in motion is a frame, a gas tank, an engine, a transmission and a pair of wheels – Naumann has fabricated the minimum of what is necessary, but gave to each of them the status of art pieces. And when he would not fabricate a few, it’s because they were already created by high quality part vendors like Kustom Tech, Performance Machine, Evil Design engineering and Rick’s Wheels.
Among other details, look attentively at the swingarm with its one-off suspension system, at the awesome front end, at the gas tank, etc. All these parts created for a 1958 modified FL Harley frame. A successful mix of past classic lines with modern one-off sculpted and machined components. The tech list of The Virus is listed below the last picture. It looks very simple and it is. You just need to add enormous talent. Naumann & Co (website in construction). Photography @ H. Roesler courtesy to Cyril Huze.
Post Scriptum. And if you wonder what it is you see front of the bike in the picture below the parts listing, there are magnums of Asbach, In addition of the Best Of Show trophy and bragging rights, Naumann received something to celebrate, the famous German brandy (as a long drink, mix it with Coca Cola) produced locally since 1892 in Rudesheim on Rhein, the city welcoming the bike show.
Name. The Virus
Owner: Oliver Schulze
Original Year. FL 1958/2014
Building Time. 4 months
Value. 75.000 euros ($101,000)
Motor. H-D Shovelhead
Motor Size. 74”
Carburetor. S&S Shorty
Air Cleaner. Custom Naumann & Co.
Exhaust. Custom Naumann & Co.
Transmission. RevTech 6-speed
Primary. Evil Design modified Naumann & Co.
Shifter. Custom Naumann & Co.
Swingarm. H_D modified Naumann & Co.
Shocks. Custom Naumann & Co, OldstyleAir Slim.
Front wheel. Ricks 3.5 x 26”
Rear wheel. Ricks 3.5 x 26”
Front tire. 120/50-26 Vee Rubber Monster
Rear tire. 120/50-26 Vee Rubber Monster
Front brake. PM
Rear Brake. Kustom Tech on sprocket
Bars. Naumann & Co.
Grips. Kustom Tech
Pegs. Kustom Tech modified Naumann & Co.
Gas tank. One-off Naumann & Co.
Oil tank. One-off Naumann & Co
Fender. One-off Naumann & Co
Seat. Naumann&Co / Warmsbach
Painter. Ingo Kruse Design