By Marilyn Stemp
Above: New contributor from France, Herve’ Rebollo, and ITN editor Marilyn Stemp
“Your magazine was better known here than you may know,” said my longtime friend, Motographer Horst Rossler from Germany.
It was 2014, and Horst and I were at the Custom bike Show in Bad Salzuflun, Germany looking at the rows of stunning bikes displayed. Horst was commiserating with me on the recent news that IronWorks, the title founded by my late husband Dennis Stemp and I, would cease publication.
A similar message came to me at that time from French rider and writer Herve’ Rebollo, who postd to a European riding forum about IRON WORK’s legacy. I was as surprised to read this as I’d been by Horst’s comments – but gratified to learn that IronWorks had enjoyed such reach internationally.
Ironically, the demise of IronWorks was the catalyst for Herve’ and I to connect, after he reached out by email and we met for coffee when I came through Paris in November, 2015. That’s when I learned what an avid rider he is and how often he rides for transportation as much as recreation. In fact, he arrived for our meeting on his motorcycle, removing his riding suit to reveal a businessman’s coat and tie, necessary in his professional life.
It has become clear that Herve’ rides – a lot! And he enjoys recording his rides in words and photos. So we’re delighted to welcome Herve’ as the newest contributor to Iron Trader News, offering our readers a look at the European V-Twin culture first hand. We expect you’ll enjoy his charming stories as much as we do.
As writers, we send out words to the world but we seldom know where they land. Apparently, sometimes they have an impact. Please enjoy Herve’s words on Iron Trader News.
These superb images by Horst Rösler were taken in Pullman City, an American Western-style theme park in Germany’s Harz Mountains. The cast and crew took over the “town” to film a promotional video for Custom Chrome Europe, the third such video produced by CCE. Intended to promote CCE’s “Bolt On and Ride” program, these still images set the stage for the production, entitled “Ride Unrivaled,” following “Sexy Thing” in 2014 and “This Is!” in 2015. The video will be released on JUNE 17th at High Noon, of course!
With blazing guns and smoking exhausts, the characters could have come right out of a classic spaghetti western. Using this framework CCE hopes to convey the message that customizing is an adventure, as individual as every rider – and great fun, too.
By pure chance, Ruby Shock, a cult-band based in Stuttgart/Germany had recently completed a song that fit the theme of the video just perfect: “Morricone” is a tribute to Ennio Morricone, composer of film scores for a number of iconic Euro-western films.
About the bikes:
Though CCE marketing and sales personnel comprised the “actors,” the true “stars” of the video are five 2016 “Bolt On and Ride” bikes. “Pony Express”, built by Harley-Factory Frankfurt, is based on a 2015 Electra Glide, equipped with Performance Machine wheels and brake rotors, a set of Rick´s hard cases plus tail-end, BAHN engine covers, Danny Gray seat, Crusher exhaust system and Ness triple-trees.
Mainhattan’s “Greatful Sled” is defined by Ritz triple-trees, TTS wheels, Metzeler white wall tires, black K-Tech controls and BSL exhaust system.
Christian Denstedt of Maniac MechaniX created one of the most ambitious custom Sportsters of the entire “Bolt On and Ride” series ever: “Lily” features a complete set of EMD engine covers, K-Tech hand controls and brakes, Biltwell exhaust, Blechfee tail-end, Öhlins shocks and the (swingarm-mounted) Boeker knife. A Deltran Lithium Ion Battery boosts the starting power.
High-Tech in the Wild West is delivered by the “Gunslinger” V-Rod of Austria’s Cult Werk. The stock original was assembled at Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City, Missouri assembly line. A complete Cult Werk “Bodykit”, including airbox cover and tail-end, accompanied by RevTech wheels and RST triple-trees. The BSL exhaust system blows away the dust and a ThunderMax upgrade allows a few more “ponies” galloping inside the water-cooled V-Twin.
German authorized Harley-dealer Thunderbike created “Blue Bandit” using Performance Machine wheels, brake rotors and engine covers plus Biltwell risers. Triple-trees fork-legs and Magnaflow exhaust system are of Arlen Ness origin.
The “Ride Unrivalled” video will hit the web on JUNE 17th 2016 (High Noon, MEZ) at www.Custom-Chrome-Europe.com. “We hope that the audience will have as much fun watching it as we had filming the clip,” states CCE Managing Director, Andreas Scholz.
Images compliments of: Horst Rösler, firstname.lastname@example.org
You may not have heard a lot from Custom Chrome lately, but they’re on the move. Their European branch is making bold new strides in the continental market, with a host of changes planned and underway for 2014. The new catalogue, shown here, is already out with roughly 28,000 different products for your V-twin. Plus, a new warehouse centrally located in Grolsheim, Germany is twice as big as the old one and ready to ship immediately. Find out more info on their new website HERE.