Speed Demon By Abnormal Cycles

They are cool, they are very friendly, they are enthusiast, they are loud, they work very hard, they have a ton of talent, they possess the extra gene of quality design and an extraa sense for detail finesse, they sing in group to celebrate all their bike show victories on the European & American bike show scenes. They are a group of passionate friends who all have a day job but spend all their evenings and weekends supporting and helping Italian builder maestro Sam Reali producing dream bikes under the name of , a shop in small Bernareggio near the big industrial city of Milan.

Yes, Sam Reali and his talented crew of friends is the man behind last year’s “Union” Flathead Sidecar” masterpiece, for me the most beautiful 3-wheeler I have ever seen and the most covered machine in its category by motorcycle magazines around the world. But can you produce 2 masterpieces in a row? Abnormal Cycles can as they proved it first in Europe last winter, then in August at the Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Builing where they earned top honors after wowing the crowd during 4 days with the quality of this restoration/creation simply named “Speed Demon”

Before starting any project, Sam & his friends spend all their available time searching for the rare correct parts, a treasure hunt that lasted 1 year before salting to work on this project…for 8 more months. Speed  Demon uses a 1919 Harley-Davidson JD engine and tranny mounted on a VL frame from the 30′s. Front forks were HD born in 1915 with wheels custom built by Jonich Wheels then wrapped in Firestone Racer 28 x 2.

All mechanical parts have been meticulously restored and rebuilt, Almost all other parts were hand made, from racer style bars to gas tank and rear fender (the work of master sheet metal fabricator  Luca Luzardi, the man responsible for the Union Sidecar bodywork) to the multiple brass parts adorning the bike.

The gorgeous oil tank with integrated oil pump was built by Giovanni Fonzo from FG Racing. Rear brake drum was bought from KustomTech and the seat and grips from Wild Hog. Paint was produced by Zucchelli Paint, who like for the “Union Sidecar”, applied all body with titanium leaves, then shot 20 coats of clear to finish with a coat of candy black. And now the question is? Can produce a 3rd masterpiece in a row for the 2013 show tour? You will know first. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa -Madness-photography – for AMD Championship courtesy to JeremySumpter)


17 Responses to “Speed Demon By Abnormal Cycles”

  1. 1 Rodent Aug 27th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Beautiful work of art!

  2. 2 Ryan Aug 27th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Love it

  3. 3 Oldude Aug 27th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Another beautiful bike from across the sea, but what is that cod cutter on the top of the tank?

  4. 4 Laurence Zankowski Aug 27th, 2012 at 9:57 am


    To bad Baz Lurhmann never got a hold of this and the sidecar bike for the Great Gatsby. Would have been a scene stealer!


  5. 5 Aug 27th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Abnormal Rulez!

  6. 6 John Rezneck Aug 27th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Superb work

  7. 7 road rash Aug 27th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Does anyone know what the hoses r for on the handle bars ? ? or where the head light is ???

  8. 8 Alan K Aug 27th, 2012 at 11:06 am


  9. 9 CafeSportyTC Aug 27th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Road Rash , I believe One is throttle the other is the cable for the Ignition advance, on these older bikes as well as cars your had to control both. thats what those hoses enclose

  10. 10 GuitarSlinger Aug 27th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    A bit too much of a ‘ Falcon ‘ clone for comfort IMHO ( without the attention to detail Falcon does ) …. but a pretty sweet custom never the less .

  11. 11 nicker Aug 27th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    What custom scooters are all about:
    – Hand-made
    – Unique
    – Basic mechanical features

    And major interesting to any real gear-head…………… 🙂

    Very cool!


  12. 12 Dale Aug 28th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    An absolute work of art. Bravo!!

  13. 13 Aug 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    i met these guys and watching them win is almost as cool as their bikes are. their bikes are very unique but still very familiar. To compre this bike to a falcon is silly. both are detail driven but completely different. I look foward to ssing their next bike.

  14. 14 Aug 28th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Very Nice!

    Over & Out,


  15. 15 Aug 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Clean clean clean! peace

  16. 16 Aug 29th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Great Job Frankie! Good to see you guys this year.

  17. 17 Sep 3rd, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Good bunch of guys….and a pretty girl too…..great to meet you all this year!

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