Photos: Michael Lichter
While most of the customs entered in S&S Cycles’ 50th Anniversary Build-Off can be filed under the derivative, the boring, the exceptionally poor or the just plain awful, four bikes stand out by being pretty decent. This contemporary take on the bobber theme from Prugh Design is the least bad. No, there's nothing new here, but at least the strong oblong lines and under slung swingarm provide some areas of interest.
We also like this muscular twist on the traditional café racer theme by
the horribly named Krazy Horse Custom Cycles. We realize that what
looks like an aluminum space frame is probably just a traditional set
of spars with some holes drilled in it, but at least it evokes some
element of function.
At first glance, this drag bike from Bennett’s Performance looks like a
traditional flame-tanked lamemobile, but then you notice the handsome
fairing and the girder forks.
The Ace Café Racer competed too, offering an American-engined twist on
a traditional British café racer. We wish the custom scene would take a
leaf from Stonebridge Motor Company’s book, seeking to offer some
function in addition to the often-questionable style. Check out the
rest of the Build-Off’s bikes in its gallery. Just have a throw-up bag
at the ready.