Fred "Krugger" Bertrand built his
latest bike in 3 months, which is quite an amazing accomplishment
as you will see, because there is a huge amount of handmade parts
on this machine. It was finished just in time for the Custom Show
in Paris, where it won second place. I think it should have won
first place, it is definitely one of the most beautiful bikes
I have ever laid eyes on, and I've seen a few.........
Fred started with a 1979 FLH (an Electraglide)
as a donor bike, but the only parts he kept were the engine, gearbox
and primary chain. Fred raised the gearbox about 3 inches for
increased cornering ability and started building a frame from
50 mm steel pipe. the frame is also the oiltank for this bike.
The tires you can see in the pictures are 28" x 3" x
22" Michelin Roulage , intended for pre-1918 oldtimer cars!
In a time where everyone wants to have the fattest tire possible,
it is ofcourse cool to do the exact opposite!
Fred began building 2 stainless steel tankhalves, sawing pieces
of stainless steel exhaust pipes to make the rounded corners,
and making the insides of the tanks follow the shapes of the
engine.This meant a lot of welding, but this is
what Fred does best. Fred never makes drawings of the bikes
he builds, only in his head, yet somehow he always seems to
get the proportions just right.
Thanks to Fred "Krugger" Bertrand