By far, the best part of my job is flying and riding around
the globe meeting new people and checking out some of the
world's finest custom-built motorcycles. This June found me, for
the third year in a row, on the judging panel for Twin Club M.C.'s
Custom Bike Show in Norrtelje, Sweden. Twin Club M.C. has a
33-year history behind this event and in my humble opinion, it
is by far one of the best shows in Europe.
As an affiliate show to American Motorcycle Dealer
Magazine's World Championship of Custom Bike Building, the
winner and his bike, in addition to a wide variety of prizes,
receive an all expense paid trip to compete in the finals in
Sturgis in August.
It's not uncommon for the five-member jury to disagree on
the top bike at any given show. This year, Stellan Egeland of
SESERVICE in Skogas, Sweden made it easy for us to all agree.
Not only did he make it easy, we were all so blown away by the
design and execution of his HULSTER 8-VALVE racer that it was
a hands down unanimous slam-dunk—Best Of Show Winner.
SeService has for many years been building supercharged
engines, going under the name Stellans Kompressormatning.
Previously, SeService took second place in the European
Championships in Mainz, Germany with their Esox Lucius bike
so this show was not Stellans first time at the rodeo.
This year, Stellan's entry paid homage to the board and flat
track racers of the 1920s. Sitting atop razor-thin 23-inch Mitas
Speedway tires mounted on Eninco rims attached to a SeService
hub was the hand fabricated Hulster frame and rigid racing front
end. All the sheet metal was shaped in house out of aluminum
and given its beige and cream paint job by Ray Hill.
The engine itself was a work of art. It is comprised of a
modified 1943 Knucklehead lower end mated to a custom built,
hand cast set of 4-valve top rockers, making it a true 8-valve 96
cubic inch racer. The engineering and design, let alone the
manufacturing, of the top end is a wonder. An Andrews custom
grind cam was chosen as well as a Morris Magneto, stock
Knucklehead lifters and an Amal GP2 1 5/32-inch carb mated to
SeService stainless steel pipes make this baby hum.
The builder's attention to detail is what we look for when
judging bikes. Besides the overall look of the bike, the Devil is
indeed in the details.
Stellan didn't disappoint us. Take a look at the chain driven
alternator mounted on the right-side rear wheel, the pulley and
cable clutch and the brake system mounted on the SeService
made handlebars. It's not often that I get to see something
fabricated like that.
Stellan and his crew deserved the attention of the crowd
that flocked around his creation in Sweden, and this August, I'm
sure the fans at Sturgis will also be impressed by his effort.
There will be bikes representing builders from all over the
world at the Sturgis Show during Bike Week. We wish Stellan and
all the other builders the best of luck in the competition. As for
us, to borrow a line from Bob Dylan, we'll be, "On the road
looking for another joint."
Stellan's Hulster Tech Sheet
Fabrication: SESERVICE, SWEDEN
Year and Make: 2007 SESERVICE
Model: HULSTER 8-VALVE
Assembly by: SESERVICE
Time: 8 MONTHS -889 HOURS
Chroming: EXCELLENT + STOCKHOLM'S
Model: KNUCKLEHEAD BOTTOM END/ SESERVICE
Ignition: MORRIS MAGNETO
Displacement: 96 CU IN
Lower end: HARLEY '43 KNUCK
Heads: SESERVICE 4-VALVE
Cams: ANDREWS CUSTOM GRIND
Carb: AMAL GP2 1-5/32-INCH
Air cleaner: STACKS
Pipes: SESERVICE STAINLESS STEEL
Molding: RAY HILL
Painter: RAY HILL
Color: BEIGE AND CRÈME WHITE
Front Pegs: SESERVICE
Rear Pegs: NONE
Electrics: CHAIN DRIVEN ALTERNATOR OFF REAR
Gas Tank: SESERVICE ALUMINUM
Oil Tank: SESERVICE ALUMINUM
Type: SESERVICE RACING RIGID
Size: 23-INCH VML
Size: 23-INCH VML
Tires: MITAS SPEEDWAY
Brakes: UNKNOWN JAPANESE OFF-ROAD DRUM