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Swiss-Moto Show 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland

 

Words and Photos: Marcell Hartter

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The SWISS-MOTO is the largest Swiss display of motorcycles and represents the annual kick-off for the new season. For four days, visitors can see new models, innovations from the accessories and clothing sector, and spectacular shows. It’s a must for all true motorcycle enthusiasts.

Fred Kodlin is one of the most famous customizers in Europe. He succeeded as the first European to win the custom bike prize at  the Rats Hole Custom Bike Show in Sturgis. This win was followed by countless awards and honors, which established Kodlin as a Master Builder.

 

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The American world-record holding streamliner, called Formula 1 Top, was also on display. The landspeed racer is a dynamic, rocket-shaped bike that looks fast just sitting still. With a maximum output of 1,000 horsepower, the motorcycle holds the current world speed record of 605.7 km / h.  The bike was created by Ack Attack, and the machine and pilot Rocky Robinson was on hand for visitors to see.

 

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The third implementation of the "SWISS-CUSTOM Bike Show" shines with a hitherto unprecedented quality of exhibits. Presenting a total of 50 bikes from Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in nine different categories, there were pearls of independent customizers this year. Several top builders registered their works of art. An expert jury will judge the bikes and select  the "Best of Show” Bike. The winner will get a trip to the 2015 EMIRATES Custom Show in Abu Dhabi, where he or she will compete with the elite of international bike builders.

 

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The SWISS-MOTO special "speed” showcases this modern era’s heroes in the center and shows its technical masterpieces at close range.

 

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The heart of this special exhibition are specially designed for drag racing and modified drag bikes and Top Fuel Dragster.  In the early 1980s, Urs Erbacher began his race career. After three FIA European championship titles in 2003 and 2005 in the Funny Car clas, Erbacher moved to the top fuel dragsters. With his team, he won the FIA European Championship Top Fuel class in 2007. He also won in 2010 and 2011.

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Oli's Kustomgarage was founded in Wallbach in August 2010 by Oli Birrer, who apprenticed as a motorcycle mechanic at Moto Senn, then went into business with his parents, finally stepping back out of the business world to form his shop.

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