<b>Glemseck 101:</b> How a Monkee became King of the Jungle

Glemseck 101: How a Monkee became King of the Jungle

Having previously visited the event, last year was our first year participating at Glemseck 101. It’s one of Europe’s biggest custom bike events famous for an infamous activity: the Glemseck sprint. With an unyielding urge to participate, we enrolled our REVMONKEE to compete. And boy did that escalate quickly…
08-10-2018
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Ready to Rumble

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We admit it, we are heavily competitive. However, in a field full of purpose-built sprinting machines, our REVMONKEE was slightly out of place. After all, it was designed as a performance bike, albeit one that you can take for a spin around the block on a Sunday afternoon, lights and horn included.

Before it starts to sound like an excuse, yes, we knew we had a good shot of doing well against a majority of bikes that packed less power and more weight, but amongst them were also fire-breathing turbo charged bikes with full racing looms, extended swing arms, a lowered center of gravity… Well we could go on here for a while, but you get the picture.

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Tools for the trade

We’ll boil down the REVMONKEE to a nutshell, as you can read about the build right here. Basically, our REVMONKEE was born a stock Kawasaki H2. Not a slouch in its original form, but designed according to our Tailored Technology philosophy. We took its high tech basis - a supercharged 1000cc, four-cylinder good for around 210 horsepower when taking ram-air into account - and we transformed it into a distinctive looking bike with the help of our Danish friends at Wrenchmonkees.

Despite the fact that its esthetics are the first thing that comes to mind when asked what changed, we also managed to up its overall performance. The engine has enough zing on its own, but helped on the intake and exhaust side it now breaths a little easier. The main reason for its performance upgrade is a big chunk of weight that we managed to get rid of during the build. Anyway, as said, more details here. Back to Glemseck…

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Who will ride the beast?

The honor of showing how the REVMONKEE would stand up against the rest of the pack, we went to one of the Wrenchmonkees, Per Nielsen. When someone works around the clock in order to finish the bike fully functional just before the race, we couldn’t pass down the opportunity to let one of the guys take it out for its maiden spin…err… sprint.

When straws are drawn at Glemseck 101, the showdown begins, with a knockout format that sees the winner progress to the next round after every run. Despite some serious competition along the way, Per made it to the final and we had a feeling about who we’d encounter if we would make it to the last round...

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Don’t say “Can’t”…

Although some say it took the highway home from the Punks Peak race to the Wheels and Waves village, we were up against a bike that clearly wasn’t built with the public road in mind. Anthony “Ant” Partridge - who’s other middle names we won’t mention here - rocked up on a bike that fitted the earlier painted picture of a low, long, race-loom equipped bike with a turbo fitted to its original Yamaha MT10 base - or whatever was left of it. 

Just like any good boxing match, you try to size-up your opponent before the bell rings, and the grim looking, dustbin-fairing sporting beast was going to be a handful. Looking left at Per, our worries disappeared. With a signature Danish calmness, he put on his helmet for the race…

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At the Flag

There is something about the sound of a supercharged inline-four going head-to-head with a crossplane turbocharged bike, and Glemseck is probably the only place where you are going to hear it. At the flag, it was Per who took the win on the REVMONKEE’s first outing, underlining one of the basic principles of our build: a bike that is as much show as it is go. Bringing home the trophy was icing on the cake, but we knew we weren’t going to hold the crown without a fight…

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Bring it On: 2018

We love a good challenge, and we love Glemseck. That is why we will be there defending the crown with our beloved REVMONKEE between between 31 August 31 and 2 September, 2018. You can see the beast in the flesh on our stand, and when you are there, we’ll be happy to show you our latest Tailored Technology collection consisting of fashionable items that you’d never expect to be 100% motorcycle ready.

Just like our unique custom H2, these motorcycle products are packed with the latest in terms of technology, yet on the outside they show a stylish appearance that allow you to seamlessly blend in sporting your own personal style.

See you in Germany!

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@rev'it_URBAN

Make sure to keep an eye out on our @revit_urban Instagram page, and follow our REVMONKEE’s progress by following #REVMONKEE. We will, of course, come back with a full report on what happened at this year’s Glemseck 101 event right here.