Custombike exhibition


Photo of all winners of the International Championship Germany 2019

International Custombike Championship Germany 2021

The ultimate battle of the best customised motorbikes from fourteen different categories. This is where amateurs and professionals gather and pick out the crème de la crème among themselves.

One of the highlights of the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW will take place again in 2022! Every year since 2007, two teams have competed against each other in the European Biker Build-Off. Both teams have three days to complete a custom bike live in front of the trade fair visitors.

At this year’s CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW, two very special opponents will fight for victory in the European Biker Build-Off 2022: Harley-Davidson Bielefeld vs. Bike-Farm Melle!

Since 1995, the East Westphalian authorized dealer Harley-Davidson Bielefeld has been taking care of all matters relating to motorcycles from the US American brand Harley-Davidson. In the more than 2,000 square meter branch, customers can not only marvel at the bikes, but also get the right outfit. News, information and events are constantly published on their own blog. No wonder, then, that the branch received the “Dealer of excellence Award” for outstanding commitment and development as a certified local dealer from the headquarters in Milwaukee in 2012.

When it comes to individualisation, the authorized dealer also steps on the gas: In addition to “normal” repairs and maintenance work, seven specially trained mechanics work with in-house metal processing to individualise vehicles according to character and customer requirements with special parts and to create their own show bikes.

Bike-Farm Melle steps into the ring for Indian Motorcycle.

This somewhat different farm has now existed for 35 years. It all began in 1987 as a two man show on the parents’ farm – today there are 20 employees in the 2000 square meter building complex.

Be it one of the around 70 used motorcycles in the showroom, a visit to the cozy coffee lounge or the “50th style museum” – the Bike Farm is always worth a visit.

The bike farm makes your dream come true.

With more than 35 years of experience in the custom sector, they build your bike according to your wishes. In the attached metalworking shop, they carry out all the metalworking themselves. There are no limits to your imagination.

Experience the battle of the giants live and vote for the winner of the big “Biker Build-Off Contest” at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW 2022.

You can look forward to live airbrush art again this year: Pierre Schult from P.S. Industry demonstrates its artistic skills on bare skin.

Many of Pierre’s exceptional and excellent works show how professional and creative he works. As a long-standing exhibitor at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW, we are delighted that Pierre will be swinging the brush this year. The wonderful Playboy Playmate Christina Braun will provide her body as a canvas. Don’t miss!

Because 2019 was so beautiful…

Kreidler, Hercules, Puch, Zündapp … were the names of the lettering that adorned our children’s rooms. Even today, a rattling Reng-Deng-Deng in your ear or a pinch of two-stroke oil in the air is enough to wade knee-deep through pink nostalgia.

The 50cc birth canal through which most of us squeezed our way into motorcycle life at the tender age of fifteen was damn narrow back then. But then we hooligans were finally allowed to feel grown up. A great moment that still haunts us to this day. With our special exhibition under the motto “Half Strong” we want to celebrate this moment at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW in Bad Salzuflen together with you: bizarre, desirable, dreamlike things will be on display there as well as rare, individual and unattainable things, always in pairs Wheels, always with 50 cubic and always with a nostalgic tear in the buttonhole. Do not miss!

An explosive mixture, the likes of which have not been seen since Wolfgang and Wilfried von der Wildecker Herzbuben met.
Armed only with acoustic guitar, cajon and their angelic voices, Dougie and Fabs bring you a colorful bouquet of well-known melodies in a completely new interpretation.
Look forward to a selection of songs from Motörhead to Metallica to Volbeat and back again.

“We look forward to tearing down the hut together with you every day and starting a mega party. With this in mind – see and smell each other at the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW 2022 – your tour guides Dougie and Fabs”

Very different from what many people imagine, pole dance is extremely training-intensive, since the acrobatic and dance movements require a lot of strength and body tension. This sport, which is to be taken seriously, is definitely more than just dancing around a pole in light clothing – even if it does not deny a certain sex appeal and is definitely wanted. The show, which is breathtaking in every respect, takes place twice a day at the Harley-Davidson stand in Bielefeld / Düsseldorf / Osnabrück in Hall 21.

Fred Kodlin polarizes: He has been known all over the world for many years and regularly excites the custombike scene with his innovative creations and sets trends. Not only because of the optical performance of his bikes, but also because of his technical developments, such as the construction of two front cylinders (2 FRONTS), completely invisible axle hubs ande brakes and secondary drive (TAKE OVER THE WORLD, SODOM, SHINE), Fred Kodlin was already awarded the title “Bike Builder of the Year” in 2005. This year Fred was the first German customizer to receive a special honor – he was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame (USA).

In the meantime, the successful customizer can look back on 37 years of company history with countless custom bikes, specially developed design parts and a branch in California – but luckily there is still no end in sight. True to Fred’s motto “The best is yet to come.”

What many do not know, the complete bike is created under one roof at Kodlin: frame and engine construction, an in-house locksmith’s shop, paint shop, CNC processing and an in-house test bench guarantee ideal conditions for a perfect result. The team , the creative owner and his son Len, who is now also involved in the company,  are not only building and developing custom bikes, but servicing and maintaining all Harley-Davidson models as well.

At the CUSTOMBIKE-SHOW, Fred Kodlin will present a few of his design parts and some of his creations including technical milestones, as well as brand-new bikes in the form of a special show – a worthwhile journey through time and a look behind the scenes of a master builder!

Some of the top bikes of the International Custom Bike Championship Germany will not only be on display in the bike show, but also at the Garage21 photo booth in Hall 20. The editors of the magazines CUSTOMBIKE and DREAM.MACHINES give all visitors an exclusive insight into the production of a bike portrait. Anyone who has always wanted to know how a photo series for magazines is created should not miss this opportunity and take a look.

Jagath Perera is one of the absolute best wall drivers in the world. When he pounds through the Wall of Death on his Indian Scout hands-free, his butt glued to the machine, most of the spectators are left breathless.

The man from Sri Lanka uses centrifugal force for his stunning motorcycle acrobatics, which puts you under its spell every time. The show rides take place several times a day and are free of charge for visitors to the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW.

The accessories specialist Kellermann has not only incredibly small indicators in his product range, but some really powerful machines as well: When the aircraft radial engine type Avia / Walter M462RF exhibited on site is made to “glow” by the indicators of Kellerman. 9 cylinders and 10160 cubic capacity with over 300 HP all accumulate to a fascinating sound. The light sequence of the micro flashers makes the operation of the aircraft engine visible – an absolute eye-catcher and guaranteed not to be overheard!

The fan base of the conversions with the steeply upward-pointing rear parts, wide handlebars and mostly heavily modified superbikes was once very large. The people stood enthusiastically at the gasoline-scented burners, enjoyed the screaming sound of the Fireblade engines and celebrated the showdown of the rear tire that was on fire and finally bursted – we are already wading knee-deep through fighter nostalgia at it’s best.

There were various events, meetings and clubs – unfortunately not much of them remains today.

But the fans  and the “Streetfighter” itself still exist today, albeit in a more developed, modified or sometimes not quite as brutal form as it was back then.

With our special exhibition we want to celebrate these moments, the cult and the endangered species of the original fighters as well as their offshoots at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW in Bad Salzuflen together with you again.

Many ideas are born, developed and implemented in garages, just like in the one of Maik Wenckstern and his brother, who built their first vehicle back in 2008.

They pursue the goal of pure driving pleasure, freedom, the wind in your face. After two years of tinkering and handcrafting, the time had come: The road-legal WENCKSTERN © Hot Rod started its maiden voyage in Hamburg. The idea of ​​Hot Rod Fun was born. The first location opened in Hamburg in 2013. Further stations in Germany, Austria and Romania followed and the Hot Rod Fun family was growing.

In search of the next Hot Wheels model, manufacturer Mattel is traveling through the USA for the fourth year with the Hot Wheels Legends Tour Roadshow. And as in 2019 and 2020, a tuner from Germany has the chance to compete with other international finalists at the grand finale with his car. But only one of the tuning cars has the honor of being produced as a 1:64 model and thus being included in the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends. Now it is clear who the expert jury around Sidney Hoffmann, Sophia Flörsch and Mousse T. will send to the grand finale: Maik Wenkstern!

At the time of the fair, Maik will be straight back from the World Championships in Las Vegas and we can then hopefully welcome the champion, whose vehicle is being built as a Hot Wheels model. All information about the little speedsters, the possible tours and the Hot Wheels Legends Tour will be provided on the main stage.

The small but nice Christmas market in the outdoor area of ​​the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW is once again spreading the spirit of Advent this year. There is plenty of delicious food here and a cup of mulled wine should not be missing in any hand.

Custombike-Show 2023


1st – 3rd December 2023
Bad Salzuflen exhibition centre
Halls 20 – 22

Opening hours

Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

12.30 a.m.

Begrüßung und Programmvorstellung

// Hauptbühne, Halle 20