6th – 8th december 2019 | Bad Salzuflen Germany

CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW 2018 – The new champions are from England and Japan

On the first weekend of December, more than 33000 enthusiasts of individual motorcycles came to Bad Salzuflen for the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW. With its four exhibition halls, 28000 square meters of show room, 300 exhibitors and roundabout 1000 radically converted machines from all around the world, the event remains the biggest global specialized fair for motorcycle customizing. As such, it is the authority for contemporary modification trends.

One of the event's main attractions is the European Biker Build-Off, where two custombikes are being assembled on a huge stage in front of the audience. This year, the Dutch team from South-East Motorcycles and England's Rocket Bobs Cycle Works had a fierce duel during the three days of exhibition. While the Dutchmen screwed together an elegant Cruiser on the basis of a brand new Harley-Davidson Fat Boy with Milwaukee-Eight-V2, the Britsh decided on a truly blatant hooligan-monster: a selfmade frame in Softail-style with a heavily tuned 2-Liter-TP-V2. The radical approach impressed the audience, which voted for the British with a distinct majority. The Rocket Bobs Cycle Works crew, although exhasted, embraced each other jubilantly at the announcement of the winner on the main stage.

No less exciting was the final of the International Custombike Championship Germany (ICCG), where a professional jury chose the best bikes in 17 categories and the so called “Best of Show“, the ultimate top-bike, from the hundreds of converted motorcycles on display. That was no easy job, since there were a lot of beautiful motorbikes to discuss for each category. In the case of the overall winner, however, an agreement was soon found: Japanese Koh Sakaguchi's spartan-chaste rigid frame bike could not be overlooked. The fully chromed self-construction is equipped with a V2-Engine on Harley-Sportster basis and self-developed cylinder heads. The new champion was celebrated by the crowd with boisterous applause, while his wife had tears of joy leaking down her cheeks.

Winners in 2018:
Craziest Bike: Graham Leek (GB)/completely self-built

Rookie of the Year: Philip Huscher (D)/Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

Best Paint Job: German Kunkel (D)/Harley-Davidson Road King

Best Engineering: Michael Fuchs (D)/completely self-built with diagonally installed Suzuki-SV-650-V2 and BMW-Kardan

Best Sportsbike: Helmut Hafenscher (AT)/completely self-built with Suzuki-GSX-1400-Engine

Best Cafe Racer: Matthias Granacher, Black Ace Customs (D)/Harley-Davidson V-Rod with self-built frame

Best Power-Cruiser: Matthias Lotter, X-Trem Bikes (D)/Harley-Davidson V-Rod

Best Chopper: Kamil Bartoš, K&K Motorcycles (CZ)/Harley-Davidson Ironhead with Paughco rigid frame

Best Bobber: Helmut Hafenscher (AT)/Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Panhead with Wishbone-frame

Best Old School: Rüdiger Koch, Custom Garage Hamburg (D)/Harley-Davidson Evo-Softail with Twin-Cam-V2 in Panheadstyle

Best Roadster: Darius Krasauskas, Vilnius Moto House (LTU)/BMW K 100 in Bratstyle

Best Radical: Pete Pearson, Rocket Bobs (GB)/completely self-built with 124er TP-V2

Best Fighter: Andreas Wenhold, Rocket Sprocket Customs (CH)/Honda CBR 900 Fireblade with rough-frame

Editors Choice »DREAM-MACHINES«: Raffaele Gallo, Officine Uragani (I)/1200er Tubeframe-Buell with selfmade bodywork

Editors Choice »BIKERS NEWS«: Towje Gastinger (D)/Harley-Davidson Duo Glide Panhead

Editors Choice »CUSTOMBIKE«: Yuri Shif, Shif Custom (BLR)/ completely self-built with 750er Moto-Guzzi-V2

Editors Choice »ROADSTER«: Frank Weber (D)/Honda CB 900 F Bol d’Or with Ducati single side swing arm

Best of Show: Koh Sakaguchi, Suicide Customs (JPN)/selfmade rigid frame with V2 on Sportster basis

Alongside the competitions, a tightly loaded program with different shows made it impossible to be bored. New models by Kawasaki and Triumph had their Germany premiere, as well as BWM's Custom-Boxer and Walzwerk's Indian-Bobber. The world premiere of Metzeler's new Cruisetec tyre was only the tip of the iceberg of three days worth of action.

A crowd favorite are the daredevil rides in the Wall Of Death by Henny Kroeze and his daughter, which delighted the audience, like every year. Delighted is also how the first prize winners of the visitors' contest must have felt, because they can start the new season with a brand new Kawasaki Z 900 RS and a Harley-Davidson Sportster respectively.

The exclusively arranged special exhibition, “Hall of Fame“, had its own exhibition hall and was the octane-soaked cherry on top of this year's exposition. 24 unique machines that have been awarded prizes in different categories in the past 14 years of CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW presented the whole spectrum of motorcycle customizing on the highest level. With the dry BMW-Behördenkrad, which has been made into a wiry Cafe Racer, minimalistic Choppers and charged Streetfighters up to the spectacular Monster-Cruiser with a nine cylinder airplane's radial engine, every style imaginable was represented. Bright eyed fathers could be seen, explaining the exposed technology of he machines to their children and some visitors could hardly drag themselves away from the exhibits they seemed to have taken to their hearts.

One may already look forward to next year's CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW, when it's the 15-year anniversary. It's best to save the date already: December 6-8 2019, Messezentrum Bad Salzuflen.

6th – 8th December 2019
Fair Center Bad Salzuflen

Opening hours

Friday: 12.00 o´clock - 20.00 o´clock
Saturday: 10.00 o´clock - 18.00 o´clock
Sunday: 10.00 o´clock - 17.00 o´clock


One day ticket: 15,- €
Weekend ticket: 25,- €
Children till the age of 12 years have free emission


Fair Center Bad Salzuflen
Benzstraße 23
D-32108 Bad Salzuflen
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You shouldn´t miss this one!

Live at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW 30. november – 2. december 2018

The European Biker Build-Off is one of the established highlights of the CUSTOMBIKESHOW. The Biker Build-Off was introduced in 2007. Since then, two teams competed for the title every year. The concept is clear: The two teams need to build a custom bike live in front of the audience. The winner of the European Biker Build-Off 2017 will be voted by the audience during the fair on Saturday and Sunday.

It‘s going to be international in 2018: Twan Grutters from the Netherlands (South-East Motorcycles) and Briton Pete Pearson (Rocket Bobs Cycle Works) are competing this year.

Twan Grutters – South-East Motorcycles (Netherlands)

Twan Grutters founded the company „South-East Motorcycles“ in 1993 and started building custom bikes for the whole of Europe with his team fifteen years ago. Their specialty: Harleys. One thing is always clear in the focus of the conversions for Twan: good driving is a must!

Pete Pearson – Rocket Bobs Cycle Works (Great-Britain)

The Englishman has been building motorcycles for over thirty years. When his love for Harley revealed, he founded in 2009, together with his wife Lisa, the company Rocket Bobs Cycle Works. In the meantime, he has already won a number of prizes with his conversions, such as „Best of Show“ and „Best Engineering“ at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW.

Experience the battle of the year and vote for your winner of the big "Biker-Build-Off-Contest" at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW 2018.

I.C.C.G. 2018

International Custombike Championship Germany

You can´t imagine what you´ll see here.

International Custombike Championship Germany


One of the highlights of the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW is without a doubt the „International Custombike Championship Germany“ briefly called the ICCG. With over 250 participants registered to compete in 18 categroies against each other. The winner of all classes takes home the title „Best of Show“ plus an extensive bike portrait in on of our magazines

Amateurs and professionals alike can apply for the contest. An invitation to compete is comparable to a knighthood since the own bike can be presented to over 30,000 visitors during the three days so attention is guaranteed.

The rating in each category is determined by the editors of our magazines BIKERS NEWS, CUSTOMBIKE, DREAM-MACHINES and ROADSTER. For the grand finale, the winners meet on our main stage on Sunday to receive the trophies infront of the crowd. Honor to whom honor. Anyone participating in the bikeshow and walking on stage will forget all hardships whom he endured patiently during the construction of his project.


Beauty alone isn´t enough!


You're not shy, have a healthy self and body awareness and not afraid to show yourself infront of a large crowd? You like to dance with music and express your emotions in motion?

Then apply for the election of the MISS CUSTOMBIKE which is held annually during the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW. But dont rely too much on your looks, because the hardest jury you can imagine will make the descision: the crowd!
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