Taking our sportbiker build off idea further, let’s look at frames. The UK seems to have a few shops currently in the business of building custom frames for modern sportbikes. The names Harris and Spondon have been around for some time, Steelheart (pointed out by Doug) seems to be a bit newer to the scene. There’s also Dresda and Nico Bakker (Dutch). The UK and Europe in general, in fact, seem to have a much more active group of rider/builders creating “specials” or “streetfighters” than we have over here in the states. I wonder why? The cafe racer scene like you see at the Ace Cafe has quite a following, yet if you visit their site, many of the photos submitted are from the US. So why isn’t there more activity over here catering to that segment of the market?
Maybe with Harley Davidson being the homegrown motorcycle, people over here feel a closer attachment to the brand and the chopper builders modify that type of bike. Folks over in Europe modify their brands. Maybe, too, with more activity from guys like Michael Czysz or American Cafe Racers, people over here will find there is a whole world outside of choppers. If there was any kind of build off on Discovery like the chopper series, custom sportbikes would take off. Lots of guys just need to see it once and it hits them. There is a lot of room in the custom motorcycle world for non-choppers. It’s time for the alternatives to get a little of the spotlight.