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.
We at Kawasaki are once again very satisfied with our appearance for the custombike and the exhibition itself. Our products and their customizations were well received by the audience. And also the German premiere of the W800 was welcomed by the customers. In addition, we noticed a positive increasment of the interest from the younger generation (15-17 year olds) at this exhibition.
The Custombike is a great show, cause of it's very relaxed atmosphere, at the same time enthusiastic motorcyclists from the Harley rider through the (sport) touring rider, straight to the adventurous off-road rider can be found. This diversity, that you wouldnt expect at the Custombike plus the great support and organisation from the Custombike-Team inspire us every year.
The custombike is still one of the most important trade exhibitions in the year for us. I see a positive development from both the exhibitors and the visitors. The fair was very "Harley heavy" a few years ago, but now it's a very balanced ratio of almost all brands recognizable which not only makes the exhibition very good, but also the whole scene!
Arriving at the Custombike Show is like docking at the home port after a tiring and exciting 12 months at sea. The relaxed and very informal atmosphere is the most emotional moment every year, I am already looking foward to the CBS 2019Foto: Ulli Biggemann
The Custombike Show 2018 was wonderful again this year. We had many interested expert visitors and customizers visiting our booth. The Custombike Show is the trade fair for motorcycle conversions par excellence. It offers us the opportunity to increase our visibility, attract new customers and deepen existing contacts. Particulary gratifying where the positive respones of our regular customers at our booth regarding our own products. Thank you all!
Once again, the custombike has been successful for us. Visitors from young to old and everyone was interested, what more could you want. Thanks to all the visitors and especially to Huber Verlag for such a super organized trade fair.
For Triumph, the Custombike 2018 was once again a very good gauge for the upcoming spring business. For example, the visitor feedback on our new Scrambler 1200 series was extremely positive and lets us look confidently towards the coming year. In 2019 we will definetly be back at the show.
For us, or better said, for our product, the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW 2018 was awesome. Eventhough we only offered a product that has only indirectly to do with motorcycle riding, we have recieved more orders than at any other show before. We will definetly be back in 2019!
The CUSTOMBIKE 2018 was once again a great experience for us. Great audience, good talks and contacts, as it should be. Smooth flow from the organizer. The event is one of the most important events in the year.
The Custombike Show was once again a great success for us this year. Great bikes, a good selection of exhibitors and a very interested audience makes this fair always special. Our new product CRUISETEC was well received by the professional audience, and we were happy about many interesting conversations in a relaxed custombike atmosphere. We are looking forward to next year!
Just like our heritage product portfolio, the presence of BMW Motorrad on the custombike has grown. Overall, the fair is becoming more diverse. We were pleased that the official Announcement of the BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup 2019 with which R nineT Racer was very well received by the visitors.
|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|
|D-32108 Bad Salzuflen|
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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.
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.