Aleksander ‘Fitil’ Fitisov stands next to ‘V-Glide’ with a homemade steel frame, aluminum bodywork and a unique steering system that’s operated by an on-board computer and has variable rake.
The winner of the Modified Harley Class in the Moscow Custom & Tuning Show came from Orekhovo Custom Art.
This year’s Moscow Custom & Tuning Show, staged at Russia’s largest motorcycle expo, Motopark, attracted a record turnout of 41 entries spread across the widest geographical area yet to the Crocus Expo Centre.
After making a huge impact on the international stage last year after affiliate winners Yuri Shif and Fine Custom Mechanics achieved third and ninth place respectively at the AMD World Championship in Sturgis, Russia will have a new representative in 2011 as the “Best in Show” title and ticket to Sturgis was won by Aleksander ‘Fitil’ Fitisov from the local authorized Moscow Harley-Davidson dealer.
His bike, ‘V-Glide’, started life as a V-Rod but now features a hand-made, one-off steel frame with variable rake and constant trail. The unique steering system operates via an on-board computer and activates by four actuators with feedback. All the aluminum bodywork is also by Fitil.
Runner-up was Sergey Levsha of Night Wolves MC with ‘Nazgul’, a skeleton-themed radical custom with a sidecar, while T&V Custom finished third. Winner of the Modified Harley-Davidson class was Orekhovo Custom Art.
A second builder travelling to the AMD World Championships in Sturgis (without his bike) will be Oleg Skvortsov of Demons of Calm, who won MOTO Magazine’s sponsored travel expenses prize for the best ‘budget’ bike.
Motopark itself maintained the same number of exhibitors as last year, this year featuring booths from Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles and attracted an increased number of visitors.