One of our readers (Thanks, Aaron!) pointed us in the direction of this bike called Trouble, built by Goldammer Cycle Works. If you recall, last year, Goldammer won the 2004 AMD/Custom Chrome World Championship of custom bike building with an entry called the BTR3, a really nice looking bike built in the image of the old board trackers. Being the defending champions they had to come up with another great bike and it looks like the judges liked it. The results are official, they won again! They took first place in the 2005 AMD/Custom Chrome World Championship.
Trouble is almost the antithesis of some of the overdone and overblown choppers coming out of the famous shops around the country. Trouble has a clean and fluid design that looks so well engineered that adding anything else would make it look cluttered. In fact, looking at the photos, I can't see any chrome which is one of the most refreshing changes along with simple and clean paint, no flames and skulls, just a smooth and clean finish with a subtle pinstripe.
Trouble is also missing the huge rear tire and instead has the old style laced wheels with narrow rubber. No starter motor either, this one's a kicker. And it's also missing a rear cylinder! Trouble is a single with a blower! Not gaudy, not extravagant and in your face but like the rest of the bike, very well executed.
I wish we had more details and I'm sure they'll be coming out very quickly but this bike looks too good not to put it out here. Enjoy. Comments?