Rick’s Motorcycles Harley-Davidson V-Rod
German-engineered custom V-twin radness
The Harley-Davidson V-Rod enjoyed a lot more popularity in Europe than it did domestically during its nearly two decades in production. Rick’s Motorcycles in Baden-Baden, Germany, made a name for itself customizing ’Rods in the mid-2000s. Rick (actually called Patrick Knörzer) has always been a passionate biker who, early on, did a lot of work himself at his garage. Through his day job he was able to produce sidestands and Z-bars and later widened Fat Boy wheels up to 200 at his own metalworking lathe. This was a milestone in his career and people got to know the Rick’s name for the wheel widening.
At this point, he began to use not the original inner part of the wheel but his own CNC-machined inner parts (discs and later on other designs), all with TÜV approval. Patrick also started to produce his own 9 x 15-inch wheels, and as of 2000 he was fabricating his first rear and front fenders as well as the matching pulleys and brake rotors for the various wheel designs. His shop does work with the V-Rod’s air-cooled cousins, but we wanted to show you something in a Revolution platform.