The 7th annual Italian Motorcycle Championship took place at the 32nd Biker Fest in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine, Italy, from May 10-13. The Italian Championship is the culmination of a fifteen-event network of custom bike shows held throughout Italy and promoted by Italian custom magazine Biker’s Life.
This year saw a change of venue for the custom competition, moving away from the Terrazza a Mare to the Aquasplash Water Park, allowing more space for the bikes, and situated next to the demo rides area and main Luna Park vendor space.
Close to one hundred bikes from across Italy competed in Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Metric, Streetfighter, Cafe Racer and Scrambler classes, with the Best in Show and three additional winners receiving 1,000 Euro expenses towards competing at the 13th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at INTERMOT, Cologne, Germany, from October 2-7, 2018.
|Abnormal Cycles, ‘Mistica’|
Best in Show was Abnormal Cycles’ ‘Mistica’, powered by a twin-cylinder 1919 MAG engine, in a frame based on a 1930 Moto Guzzi Sport 13 that features numerous hand-crafted parts.
|Bepy Moto Service, ‘Apoghenesis’|
|Toro Moto, ‘Barralesta’|
Also traveling to Cologne in October will be Bepy Moto Service’s ‘Apoghenesis’, a heavily customized Moto Guzzi California 1100 with a one-off frame, swingarm and front end.
‘Barralesta’ by Toro Moto is a 1985 BMW R65/3 Cafe Racer with an expanded 860cc engine, hand-beaten sheet metal bodywork and ad-hoc electric system, which can be controlled from a mobile phone via Bluetooth.
|Gianni Pellegrino, ‘ZeroUno’|
Gianni Pellegrino’s ‘ZeroUno’ is a Ducati Monster modified for rear wheel steering. The front handlebar steering is made up of a double return lever, so that the rear wheels can work with 20-degree steering.