I recently joined my friend Peter from Urban Motor to attend the Custom Bike Show in Bad Salzuflen, a small town near Bielefeld. It´s “Europe´s biggest custom event” – but that does not count at all, does it?!
We enjoyed four days on the fair, relaxing in our improvised living room, promoting the Urban Motor brand and chatting with all the crazy blokes who are as much into custom bikes as we are. It was a pleasure to meet up with people who understand that Customizing does not necessarily need a US V2 and terribly long front forks to look cool. We were a tiny minority, however…
Vintage and non-US custom bikes seem to be a trend in magazines or BIKE EXIF, although the fair´s focus was still very much on Harleys and their likes. Nevertheless, one of my highlights from the Guzzi perspective was to meet Axel Budde, the man behind Kaffeemaschine. He is quite a nice chap from Hamburg, just turning his passion into some very sophisticated builds. Axel´s latest work, his 7th, is a stunner, as well as his own race bike.
Some more Guzzis could be seen on the fair, but you had to look out for them very hard. Small capacity dragster here, a compressor V7 Sport there (with cut-through gas tank!). They were nice to look at but the biggest surprise was the Laverda triple from Custom Wolf – a great piece of art. Finish and detailing were overwhelming, especially when you consider the cleanliness of the bike.