Custom Bike Takes Center Stage In Maryland Courtroom


A custom bike has become the central exhibit in a Maryland contract dispute.

The motorcycle has a 124-cubic-inch, V-Twin S&S polished chrome engine, a fat 280 mm rear tire and a custom tangelo-over-tangelo paint job with matching alligator-inlaid seat, according to The Capital newspaper of Annapolis.

It’s drawing plenty of admirers to the Annapolis courtroom where it’s been sitting, drained of fluids, since Dec. 10.

"It was unusual enough that I had to see it," Circuit Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis, one of many onlookers to pop into Courtroom 3A, told the newspaper.

"It's not something you see every day," said Sgt. Dave Martin of the county Sheriff's Office.

The case is between Roy Chamberlin of C&C Cycle in Severn and one of his customers, Guy Gabriele of Baltimore.

Gabriele hired Chamberlin in 2003 to build a custom ride on a "pay as you go" plan. According to court testimony and records, Gabriele thought the original price quote was $30,000 to $35,000, while Chamberlin claims it was $40,000 to $45,000.

Over five years, Gabriele requested several upgrades and by March 2008, the bill had swelled $63,447.

"That's what it cost to build," Chamberlin testified.

A jury decision was pending. Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies, lawyers, court clerks, and even a delegation of visiting judges from China were seen sneaking a peek.

Posted by Holly Wagner