Fred Kodlin’s F32: The Extreme Bagger
Fred Kodlin certainly isn’t afraid of the unusual, as you can see here. This is his ‘F32’ – an extreme bagger motorcycle with a modern design aesthetic. It’s radical yet refined and a true testament to the art of bike building. Even if fat-bottomed baggers aren’t your thing, give this one a look and tip your hat to fabrication at its best; it’s a rare beauty.
Based out of Borken in Germany, Fred Kodlin’s garage has a habit of producing amazing and wonderful machines and this one, the F32, is no exception. It’s slightly based on one of Kodlin’s previous customs, a magnificent beast of a machine that went by the name of ‘Outtalimit’ but the F32 raises the quality bar a little higher and pushed the ‘are you f*ckin sure?’ boundary a little further too. It’s all steel, it’s got a 32” front wheel, it’s got a one of a kind engine, it’s European and it’s a full on father and son build. It has everything.
A bit of fate helped turn this dream into a reality, Kodlin was able to show his plans to former drag racing V-twin engine tuner Guenther Sohn after they crossed paths at a motor show who immediately agreed to build a Twin Cam engine for the bagger behemoth. Sohn was able to build a powerful and reliable 2030cc and 170 hp engine, with no hiccups whatsoever. With the engine sorted, Fred could turn his attention to the bodywork.
The bodywork isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but anyone who’s ever held a tool in their hands has to appreciate the quality of the engineering behind this motorcycle. Sheet metal work like this has to be admired, regardless of whether you like the finished article or not. Every inch of the body work has been laboriously worked and shaped and it takes a real professional to make it so.
Apart from the beautifully sculpted bodywork, the F32 uses only a handful of aftermarket parts, including the Screamin’ Eagle clutch and a few Performance Machine components. The vast majority of the parts are one-offs, like the boards, air filter cover and headlight mask. The suspension is pretty special too, with an all-important air assisted suspension, because this ain’t just a show piece, it really goes and performs on the road. It’s road legal and to prove it, Fred is going to ride it around to all of the European bike shows this year, he might even take it to the States too.
The paint job was also done in house by Len Kodlin and Marcel Sinwell; it’s taken inspiration directly from the F-117 Stealth Fighter – sadly, these photographs don’t do the paint job many favors – the grand unveiling took place under a heavily overcast sky.
So whether you like bagger style bikes or not, you’ve got to celebrate the quality of this piece; it’s an aggressive looking machine, designed and built by real professionals and it’s a motorcycle that’s actually going to be ridden. Applause all ‘round.