BAGS OF FUN. Nico Naeye’s ‘Brut Voorut’ Harley Super Glide Cafe
It’s time for an embarrassing confession. In the past, I have looked at some of the winners of the AMD World Championships and had a giggle. Or two. Hell, sometimes I’ve LOL’d, if that’s what the kids are still calling it these days. I’ll be frank – there’s some totally insane bikes in there. Crack smoking, batshit flinging, head scratching, crazy-ass bikes. Which somehow makes the cool ones look even better than if they were all by their lonesome. Enter Dutchman and bike builder, Nico Naeye. Without the prerequisite airbrushed skulls, flaming eagles and lime green neon lights, Nico has somehow managed to deliver the best and most unique Harley cafe we’ve seen in ages.
“I’m a 43-year-old bike nut that has been tinkering on motorcycles for 25 years now,” says Nico. “At first, I was a complete novice at the mechanical stuff but I learned the hard way by messing up cheap Japanese bikes which nowadays seem to have become classics. The internet wasn’t around back then, so you had to get all your knowledge from books, magazines and the old bikers. And if there is one thing I learned over the years, it’s to shut up and listen when the old timers are sharing some valuable info with you on how to solve problems – especially the roadside repair tips.”