Many of you may be familiar with Kustom Tech motorcycle parts. Notably, their very high end, forged hand controls. Many of you may not know that Kustom Tech is an Italian brand. The man behind the brand is Alessandro Pacelli, and we want to help share a bit of his story and passion.
WATCH: THE RAMPANT COPYING OF PARTS IN THE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY
In this video, Tyler shares his thoughts on the companies and individuals who copy other's motorcycle parts for the sheer gain of money. Using Kustom Tech controls as a prime example, he shows how two different companies have replicated Alessandro of KustomTech's hand controls design to a T; but that's where the copies end. In all other areas these knockoffs lack in quality and craftsmanship.
At Lowbrow Customs (and before Lowbrow even existed) we have always believed in supporting real artisans and craftsmen. In this video you will also see the comparisons on how close these knockoffs are to the originals, but take note and spot the differences in quality. Also if it doesn't have a K for Kustom Tech labeled on it, it's not the real thing.
LEARN MORE ABOUT KUSTOM'S TECH HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Alessandro sent us some photos from his almost 40 year history of customizing and building bikes, in addition to designing and manufacturing parts that can be found on top notch custom motorcycles world-wide.
Alessandro and his 1975 Moto-Guzzi T3 fully customized in 1986.
My first bike, Moto Guzzi T3 year 1975, I bought this bike for little money, but it was in terrible condition, this was my first customization in 1986.
I hadn't yet started my business with motorcycle accessories, at that time after finishing school with a specialization in machine tools, I was working in a mechanical workshop as a turner and milling machine.
Alessandro making custom tank for his 1975 Moto-Guzzi.
You can see a few early custom parts and stylings that represent Kustom Tech style today in this Moto-Guzzi.
After this bike many friends asked me to make accessories for their motorcycles, in Italy there were still no shops or distributors that sold custom motorcycle accessories, and there was still no internet, so it was very difficult to find accessories to customize the motorcycles, after 2 years I participated in a rally in France with a little stand and some products, after this show I started to have many requests especially from Northern Europe, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Norway. So, in January 1988 I started my business and my first company with the name of OMP which means Officina Meccanica Pacelli, in English (Mechanical Workshop Pacelli) Pacelli is my surname.
Some OG OMP catalogs! OPM catalogs, when there was no internet, it was the only way to publicize the products.
In 1995 things were going well and the demand for accessories was always growing, so together with 2 other friends we created a society and we got a bigger factory because the work had become a lot, this company continued until 2002 when our relationships broke down, we had different ideas, and I decided to leave the company and start with a new project called Kustom Tech, OMP continued for about 3 years and then stopped, from 2005 OMP no longer exists, luckily my new project Kustom Tech went well and things are still going well.
I think these are the things that maybe you and other people don't know.
Prime example of Kustom Tech high quality parts and accessories
Kustom Tech set up at a show in Verona, Italy.
SEE MORE ALESSANDRO'S CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE DESIGNS
Here's Alesandro and a friend in Verona with his ironhead digger.
Mock up stages of the digger before paint. look at al the metal work. An incredible eye for detail.
A really beautiful show bike that shows off Kustom Tech's parts and Alessandor's talents.
Mock up of a build Alessandro calls "Kosmik"
Expect nothing less than beauty and wild design. Look hard at "Kosmik", it has so many details.
Mock up of incredible Triumph called "Peppermint".
Nothing but perfection.
different styles but yet you can tell the designs are from Alessandro.
B side of the red knucklhead chopper
Kustom Tech a intricate touch on design.