The VIMY RIDGE Bike


Cranked Customs is always looking to do something different and exciting. Recently we were approached by Dave Robinson and the organizers of the Vimy Ridge Tour about helping them bring Vimy Ridge to young people -- to help build a new connection between WWI and the younger generation.

Dave's idea to build a chopper dedicated to the battle on the ridge was, in our view, the perfect choice.

Cranked, along with some of our closest partners, have worked together to build a tribute to those who fought on Vimy Ridge and those who continue to keep the memories of the fight on the ridge, alive.

Our Partners

This project couldn't have been undertaken if it wasn't for the great people that have come forward to help.
  • The stock bike was donated by Bob Owen of Roy Nichols Motors in Courtice; not a small part of the project considering a basic bike of this styling is worth over $40,000 dollars.
  • The bodywork, paint, and custom airbrushing is being donated by Mike Palombo of Kustom Airworks in Brampton. Mike has MANY hours into the paint and bodywork. The quality of his work is unsurpassed in the bike industry.
Dave Robinson and the staff of the Grenadier have also been a big help in supplying the various medals, pins, background information, and opinions that have went into the metal and paint that make up the VIMY Bike.

Thanks a million for all of your help!

Documentation

A short collection of Vimy Ridge documentation.

VIMY BIKE Status and News

The Bike's done and on display at various locations around the country. We'll post some show locations once we know where it will be.

VIMY RIDGE Bike Pictures

Here's a few pics that we've snapped during the build.


Initial Mockup

Front fender Mockup


Oil bag mockup

Tank Mockup

Tank Mockup (left)

Tank Pin

Oil Tank Medals

Rear Fender, welded

Base Color, done

Rear Fender, cleared

Rear Fender

Paint match with WWI Coat!

Gas Tank, cleared

The Completed Bike

Here's a few pictures from the final build and the press conference in early November.


Barbed Wire

Bob Owen, Bike Donater

Final Assembly - Rear

A Post finish Detail
by Bob

Flanders

Front Fender Buttons

Front Fender Marker

Fender Gravestone

Left Rear Map

Left Rear Map

Left Side Tank

On Display
at the Press Conference

Pattison Portrait

Rear Fender Stone

Right Rear Fender Map

Right Side Medals

Right Side Tank

Tank Victoria Cross

The Presentation

The Unveiling

Vimy Memorial on Tank

 
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