Rolling towards a newsstand near you is BSH 336, replete with many refulgent and lambent things. Gracing the cover is one Jesse James - not, as you might expect, the famous Groovekitten, but an American bike builder of some note - while inside is a host of delicacies such as Ger Conlon's friction drive chop which really is a second ... third ... ninth looker; Sickboyz Custom's OTT machine; two lovely and very different Triumphs; comprehensive coverage of the Quay Vipers' Snakebite Rally, EICMA, Kelt Old School Show, NASC Street Rod Nationals and, of course, Ogri. Enjoy.
The organisers of the Verona Motorbike Expo kindly asked BSH to select our favourite bike and present an award. Our choice was this Shovelhead built by Sixty Nine Garage. Beautifully finished, lovely lines, a successful combination of new and old parts, we wanted to take it home. Watch out for a full feature in the magazine very soon.
We've just been informed that this year´s 14th edition of the Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show with the 2012 Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series European Championship had to be cancelled.
The surprise news comes from CCE Headquarters in Bad Kreuznach and was made to support CCI in California where re-structuring is taking place with the task of adapting CCI’s US operations to the necessities of the current American market situation. CCE told us:
In 2011, Custom Chrome Europe has enjoyed another record sales year and great success in both the European Custombike market as well as the great support for the Dealer Show at Mainz, which in the last decade has become one of the most important Custombike events in the European Bike Show calendar, thanks to the attending builders, CCE suppliers, CCE customers and Custombike press. The glamourous event has given the European Custombike scene a high class showcase for their ingenuity and creativity and has been published worldwide. Preparations for the 2012 event were well underway and in the final stages, when announcements from CCI Headquarters forced a sudden change of plans.
“It was a really tough decision to make a break in such a successful series”, states Andreas Scholz, Managing Director Custom Chrome Europe GmbH,"But we can not celebrate a party when our parent company is forced to lay off employees. It is our duty to help them in a challenging time."
Custom Chrome Europe’s business is not affected by the decision, as the European 2012/2013 Catalogue, again in 5 languages, is ready to be printed and European business is running strong. CCE will also continue ongoing activities that support the scene, such as the Rookie Award on Facebook. "We will meet our customers at their national events which we will attend with our new show booth concept and we will continue the Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series at the other
already announced events” added Andreas.
The European Commission has proposed that part of its controversial new 'Anti-Tampering' regulations, which will affect all future bikes registered for the road, should be re-written to prevent chop-builders from using 'long-forks'.
The Commission now proposes that any bikes being put through the Individual Vehicle Approval test (the safety inspection made before non Type-Approved imports, one-off specials, etc. currently known as Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval) would have to complete a slalom and U-Turn before being registered, to prevent modifications to
the length of the forks.
Up to now, the draft regulations have only talked about requiring manufacturers to design the 'power-train' (engine, transmission, final-drive) so that it becomes difficult for owners to modify them from standard.
The UK representatives in the technical discussions joined FEMA and others in opposing the proposal, not least because the Commission cannot produce any evidence to show that modified bikes are unsafe.
The Commission is expected to continue to seek further restrictions on the ability to modify bikes in future despite mounting criticism that it has failed to consider whether there is any demonstrable case for restricting riders liberty to modify their bikes to suit their own needs.
MAG had previously warned that the vagueness of the Commission's proposals to restrict modifications could mean the ambitions of those who want to save us from ourselves might extend beyond the draft proposals that have been under discussion since 2010.
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