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Tuesday 28 March 2023

Custom Chrome Europe

Showtime for Harley vs Indian

Custom Chrome Europe (CCE) is backing a new iteration of the springtime "Rheinhessen Rumble" Ride-In bike show in Germany (April 28th-30th) with rebuilt class definitions to set up "Indian vs Harley" battles in all classes. 

Being staged at the "Nahetal Arena" at ClassicX Landhaus and Hotel near Gensingen/Germany, CCE is putting up some € 4,000 in contingency prize value and says that the new concept "may change the nature of Ride-In bike show classes for the future.

"The 'Harley vs. Indian wars' are back - well not quite - but German Harley and Indian custom parts distributor Custom Chrome Europe has taken a bold step to level the playing field to boost the chances of equal custom show competition between the two iconic American brands by changing the rules under which CCE co-organized bike shows will be run in the future." 

The event is being staged some 4 km from CCE's European HQ and warehouse at Grolsheim. Last year saw a Ride-In bike show added to the "Rheinhessen Rumble" for the first time, and CCE says that "this bike show will be the first in the world to be structured to recognize the growing importance of Indian custom bikes and stock conversions, with both brands 'fighting it out' in the same classes.

There will be four classes, updated from the "classic" CCE Faak Ride-In bike show that has been a staple on the European bike show circuit for years - the primary Championship class, Modified Harley/Indian, Jammer Old School (now integrating Choppers) and Sportster/Scout Engines - which will include customized examples of the new Sportster S and Indian's FTRs.