Anvil Motociclette is an Italian custom bike builder that has converted an Indian Scout into a flat track racer and named it the Shrimp. Unveiled and presented at the Wheels & Waves festival, this project has been completed to pay tribute to one of Indian’s earliest heroes, Albert ‘Shrimp’ Burns, whose story started at the age of 14 and ended at 23 in a racing accident.
Anvil took delivery of the Scout Sixty in February and started working on it. He stripped down the motorcycle and built it from scratch. Building a custom motorcycle isn’t a walk in the park. There are a plethora of things that should be taken care of. There are different stages of this entire process – research and development of the main theme, research of the bike storytelling, research of the rider to match with the bike, project planning, technical research about engineering and building, 3D design and finally the building of the bike.
The Shrimp is a flat track racer that has got modern parts like Ohlins, Pakelo, Zard, and Newfren. It also has got handbuilt parts to add the custom flavor to it. These parts include frames, panels, and components. The guys behind Anvil Motociclette, San Marco and Phonz, have painstakingly built this flat tracker over the past six months, putting in 300 hours of work into the build with a team that included a frame builder, engineer, mechanic, assembler, upholsterer and body shop mechanic.
About the handmade fuel tank of the Shrimp, San Marco and Phonz share their thoughts, “It’s been an amazing experience for us, we had it clear in our minds about our project from the beginning and we followed it. We’ve been inspired by Albert ‘Shrimp’ Burns, so his story made us strong and focused on the final outcome. This is more than a bike for us, it is part of our lives as customizers and as a creative studio.”
Commenting on taking up this project, San Marco says, “What we loved about Shrimp’s story was that he was very young, but had great determination. His personality and perseverance in his short but thrilling life are inspiring.”
Phonz expressed his thoughts by adding, “One of our greatest passions is to read about motorcycle history. During our research, we found out about Shrimp’s story and we were suddenly fascinated by him. Not many people know about Shrimp’s story, but we think all passionate bikers should know about him.”
The Shrimp wasn’t up at the stands only for show purpose, but it will be raced by Emanuele Marzotto, a talented flat track racer, this coming Saturday in the El Rollo flat track race. He says, “I am very excited to be involved in this amazing project and to race for an important brand such as Indian Motorcycle. This is an honor for me to retrace the story of a great rider. While Anvil Motociclette has focused on creating an amazing bike, my aim is to go beyond beauty and to race as fast as I can.”