Anvil Motociclette, the Italian custom bike builder, has unveiled its latest project at Wheels & Waves. It’s a flat tracker called Shrimp – built from the bones of an Indian Scout Sixty.

The Shrimp pays 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 (click HERE to find out more). 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 in to the build with a team that included a framebuilder, engineer, mechanic, assembler, upholsterer and body shop mechanic.


 ‘Shrimp’ is a machine with a blend of modern-day parts from leading brands combined with handmade and handcrafted frames, panels and components. Anvil says they chose Ohlins, Pakelo, Zard and Newfren as partners for the project, since “they are reliable and they have great experience”. The stages of the build were: 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.

Many of Anvil’s previous projects have originated out of historic motorcycling characters and 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 is inspiring.”


Phonz adds: “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.”

Anvil took delivery of the Scout Sixty in February and set about stripping the 1133cc V-twin out of the frame and building up something completely new, paying tribute to flat trackers of the past. The bike isn’t just for show either; Anvil intends to race Shrimp this coming Saturday in the El Rollo flat track race, and will be ridden by the talented Italian flat track rider, Emanuele Marzotto.



Ross Mowbray

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