Speed Shop Design ‘Best of’ LA Calendar Show

July 23, 2010
Courtesy of Jim Gianatsis and FastDates.com
2010 LA Calendar Show winner
Left to right: Actress, singer songwriter and host Elizabeth Nicole, teen magician Krystan Lambert, Keith “Bandit” Ball of Bikernet.com, Calendar Bike Building Championship winner Chris Flechtner, singer songwriter Katie Cole, Calendar Show producer Jim “The Greek” Gianatsis, Calendar Kittens Melody Schuster and Candise Lakota.

Chris Flechtner / Speed Shop Design returned to the 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival with an all-new, completely unique design to take ‘Best of Show.’ The custom motorcycle named “Beezerker” features a mid ’60s BSA A65 engine in a fully handbuilt chassis and bodywork with such original features as a parallelogram front fork and a frame which houses the oil tank and hidden exhaust pipes routed up through the rear of the frame to exit at the rear of the seat cowling.

Just like Kenji Negai of Ken’s Factory, Japan, who took 1st Place Pro Builder in 2008 and returned with an all-new and even more exciting bike to take 2009 Best of Show, Chris also returned for blood the second time around after taking 1st Pro Builder with his retro-styled Speed Shop Special #6 last year. Chris is an industrial designer and amateur builder with these two completely different custom bikes in two years, built specifically to premier at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. These are the only two bikes Chris has ever built, being designed and constructed at night and on weekends after his regular day job.

“Beezerker” was Chris’ first-ever attempt in working with aluminum which he used to build the bike’s fuel tank and 1930s Metropolis-style bodywork. He also built all the hand and foot controls from scratch, including the mechanical, foot-actuated rear sprocket brake. The bike’s originality defies description, if not classification and could have been entered in nearly every one of the Show’s Calendar Bike Building Championship’s 10 classes from Modern and Classic Twin, to Street Custom and Sportbike. For two years now this amateur builder has entered the Pro Builder Class with both his bikes to take home the winning Pro Builder Class trophy and Best of Show.

Speed Shop Special #6 is featured in the just released 2011 Iron & Lace Calendar and in the Calendar Bike Garage at: http://www.FastDates.com/IronLaceGarage.HTM 
The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is sponsored by BAM / Brown & Koro Motorcycle Attorneys, Iron Works magazine, Bikernet.com, CycleTrader.com, Budweiser, Mikuni Carburetors, Meguiar’s Car Care Products, California Harley-Davidson, the FastDates.com Calendars.

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