Custom Xtreme – Supported by Back Street Heroes
The Custom Xtreme Zone, supported by Back Street Heroes, proudly displays a vast array of choppers, bobbers, café racers, street scramblers, flat trackers, brats and rats from some of Britain’s best bike builders.
Visitors can see many eye-catching creations that months of blood, sweat and tears have produced in the Back Street Heroes Custom Bike Building Championship.
The trophy presentation takes place on Saturday, November 17 at 11am. Plus, you can expect best-ever deals on subscriptions and back issues, alongside brand-new lines of merchandise from Back Street Heroes and Streetfighters.
Here are some of the fantastic examples you’ll be able to see:
DEATH GRIP CUSTOM CYCLES’ PANHEAD
Norman Hartley (RIP) and his son Louie from Death Grip Custom Cycles built this incredibly ‘70s chopper and entered in the prestigious Born Free chopper show in the USA – one of the few British-built bikes to have been accepted!
Nick Lord wanted a streetfighter with a monster vee-twin engine, so Destiny Cycles built him an absolute street-scorcher with a 2032cc mega-motor! Thankfully, they also gifted it with state-of-the-art wheels, forks, brakes and rear shocks!
JOHN GLEDHILL’S TRIUMPH
John’s been building Triumph chops for many, many years, and this particular bike has been around since the 1980s when it won ‘Best in Show’ at the 1985 Kent Custom Bike Show, the most prestigious show in the land at the time. Now it’s been reworked into a bike so Swedish in style it eats smoked fish for breakfast and has has a large collection of Abba LPs.
WILL WEBB’S SHOVEL
Will Webb’s H-D Shovelhead has been on the cover of Back Street Heroes twice in two separate guises, and has graced on the Custom Xtreme stand in its previous incarnation. It was a bobber, and now it’s a very cool chopper.
Marcel Ortman’s utterly stunning XS650 Yamaha has a Fenland Choppers frame, springer forks, a BSA fuel tank, and a rear light made from a brass WW1 shell case. It might be sound like something of a bitsa, but yer average bitsa’s nowhere near as well put together as this!
P&D CAFÉ RACER
Café racers have evolved from the alloy tank beasties of the Rockers in the 1950s and ‘60s, and this Triumph by Dave and Chris from P&D Customs reimagines the genre drastically; one-off frame, one-off girder forks, one-off bodywork – just about everything one-off actually!
SMILEY MONKEY CB900
Paul took his very normal-looking CB900 chop into Smiley Monkey Custom Cycles in Clacton for them to do a couple of minor changes to it. Thing is, once your bike goes into that workshop, it rarely comes out looking the same as it did when it went in!