The Petersen Automotive Museum opened its newest exhibit dedicated to the art of a new generation of motorcycle customizers. “Custom Revolution” has gathered the works of some of the most influential and innovative alternative bike builders of the past ten years in one place for the first time ever.
Guest curated by motorcycle historian and author Paul d’Orleans, “Custom Revolution” celebrates the visionaries who are pushing the creative edges of motorcycle design. Using both new and old engines, past and present chassis ideas, and groundbreaking styling, these designers and builders are dramatically influencing the current generation of factory-built machines.
The exhibit will feature about 25 different bikes spanning 25 different builders. Notable bikes will include the Glemseck 101 winner “E-Lisabad,” an electric dragster built by Krautmotors in 2017 from a BMW scooter chassis; the rarely seen “Black” by Falcon Motorcycles, which was built in 2014 and based on the 1952 Vincent Black Shadow; and the “Rondine” by Medaza Cycles, winner of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
“At the Petersen, it is our utmost goal to embrace and foster creativity—especially when it comes to automobiles,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Because we’ve built exhibits around the art of four-wheeled vehicles many times, we believe it’s the perfect time to recognize a global phenomenon in the form of the custom bike revolution. This new exhibit will celebrate the international trendsetters of this movement while delivering a definite nod to L.A. culture.”