February 18th – 21st, Zurich, Switzerland – Germany’s Tobias Guckel (TGS Motorcycles) wins at Swiss Performance Bike Show
This year saw Ruedi Steck’s Swiss Performance celebrate its 10th anniversary by becoming an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event for the first time, and putting up two World Champs prizes for Sturgis this summer.
The ‘International’ win went to Germany’s Tobias Guckel (TGS Motorcycles), who had his much admired ‘Seppster III’ in competition.
In voting that was scrutinized under World Championship guidelines and oversight, the panel of seven independent judges also gave ‘highly-commended’ recognition to Garage 65 of Italy for their Verona/Motor Bike Expo winning KCosmoDrive, which followed up its January Italian win by taking the Freestyle class; German Juergen Ullrich, whose ‘Apocalypta’ took the Chopper Class; and Frenchman Jean-Claude Boose (B.D.F.), of Ostheim in France for his hand-crafted S&S 124 inch engined ‘Godzilla’.
The prize for the best Swiss built bike was won by ‘Energicer’, a joint project by Ronny Stoecklin of Speed Dept. AG., and Radja Stritzko of Mayhem Kustomz.
Featuring a 107 inch engine built to Ronnie and Radja’s own specifications, ‘Energicer’ features a 6-speed RevTech transmission, Autrian made BSL exhaust, a Speed Dept. frame, German made Habermann Performance swingarm, Beringer brakes, and paint by award winning Austrian custom specialist Marcus Pfeil.
The independently owned and operated custom bike shows that form the majority of those that are a part of the World Champs affiliate program are increasingly responding to market conditions and opportunities by incorporating Modified Harley-Davidson classes.
At Swiss Performance the win was taken by Switzerland’s Sven Traber (Sven Cycles, http://www.svencycles.ch) for his modified 2004 1450cc ‘Fat Boy’. Features include Sven’s own sheet metal and handlebars, a Penz Custom Bikes swingarm (Austria), a 4 inch over RST (Germany) ‘Fatglide’ front end, with RST wheels, forward controls and brakes, and a German made KessTech exhaust.
Swiss Performance is staged as a popular feature at Switzerland’s primary motorcycle show, Swiss Moto, which pulled in crowds of over 60,000 people over its four days, and was supported by most major OE’s, from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, to Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and KTM.
In addition to the Swiss Performance Custom Show, visitor attractions included stunt shows, SuperMotard racing, trials displays and a StreetBike FreeStyle show.
Next year SwissMoto and Swiss Performance will be staged from 17th to 20th February 2011.