Since the invention of motorcycles, motorcycles have been an machine of
pride and sensuality. During the early days of motorcycles, motorcycles
were used in wars by soldiers. Soldiers used motorcycles to carry their
armaments and themselves in the vast terrain of the battlefield.
Today in 21st century motorcycles have changed their early purpose as
simply a mode of transportation to a style statement. Motorcycles which are
especially customized from their factory look to a new distinct look are
called custom motorcycles.
People around the world perform customization to their motorcycles to
have a different and unprecedented look and feel when they ride their
motorcycles. Customization is referred by many as a Art, like any other
art form, custom motorcycles have number of iteration which are called
Styles. There are some basic names for custom motorcycles that bring
instant recognition to the biker crowd.
The "Biker crowd" are motorcycles enthusiasts who find pleasure in riding
and customizing motorcycles. One style which any rider
would definitely know is, “pro-street”. This is a style in which
motorcycles are made Low-to-the-ground. These modest length
motorcycles with big engines and a riding position that allows rider to be
ready for a drag race at any stoplight.
There is also another custom motorcycles style called “Chopper”.
Originally Choppers were motorcycles that had as many of the stock parts
“Chopped” off as possible. This was effort to lighten the motorcycles and
provide better performance & not necessarily style. These were trends of
1960's, since then Chopper is a term which has found association with
custom motorcycles. although some argue the word “Choppers”. The question
raised is how can a motorcycle be called Chopper when it is built
completely from ground up.
Bobber is another form which is similar to Chopper but has different
look and stood out in comparison. It is also known as short chopper.
A “Trike” is a motorcycle with three wheels that doesn't have a
Body bikes is a term used to describe bike that seems to have all
encompassing body panels. Very much opposite to Chopper.
There is also custom motorcycle style called Bagger. Originally term
used to describe Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles, as the custom world
grew name stuck to all custom bikes with a saddlebags. There are custom
motorcycles which fall into the Bagger category these days. But for the
most part of world they are liked to be describe as touring bikes.
Quads is another popular custom motorcycle style with four wheels.
Like any other visual art form, custom motorcycles are complemented
with visual graphics and colors. Vibrant colors, line graphics, picture
imprinting, chroming of body and engine parts gives a distinct identity to
the motorcycle. Some times only visual changes in the motorcycle gives a
very different look then its factory counterpart.
Body panel features like lines and curvatures are enlighten with use of
color and graphics.
Engine customization is one of the many way in which custom motorcycles
have been built. Engine are the very heart of any motorcycle. Its power,
torque, sound, exhaust etc provides a distinct identity to any motorcycle.
Custom motorcycle builders have been altering their bike engines to have
that distinct identity, that will make their motorcycle look apart in a
Inserting larger pistons, mufflers, exhaust pipes, inlet chamber are
usually modified to get a strong sound from the engine. The low rpm boom
boom is what every custom motorcycle builder choice is, although in
today's trends, large engines with high rpm, high torque with smooth
exhaust noise is finding appreciation.
Fans of custom motorcycles are all around the globe. But America and
especially Sturgis in recent years has become a important destination for
custom motorcycle builders. A yearly rally is organized in Sturgis where
all mentioned custom motorcycle styles could be seen in the crowd of
thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts with their motorcycles.
Custom motorcycles have transformed from a hobby to a serious profession,
and like any profession a contest brings out the best of all. In custom
motorcycle building World Championship of Custom Bike Building is the
holly grail for any custom motorcycle lover. It is held in 20 different
countries around the world.
It promotes and showcase international custom motorcycle design and
engineering quality, craftsmanship and innovation. and most importantly to
promote the evolution of custom motorcycling in the way that would secure
the unique employment of custom motorcycle for future generation of