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Cyril M Huze

October 5, 1949May 20, 2018

Cyril M Huze was born on October 5, 1949 and passed away on May 20, 2018

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Richard Eames

June 28, 2018

I met him quite a few times. He built beautiful bikes. He was a rock star among custom bike builders, and a real gentleman. He always had time to talk to me. A really great guy! I will miss him!

Scooter Grubb

June 10, 2018

I had the privilege of meeting Cyril for the first time on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He published every piece I sent him to promote Land Speed Racing. We spoke yearly around "salt time" . I read his daily posts and was grateful for his insights. Few people could leave our industry and be missed more than Huze. Godspeed my old friend.

John Adams

June 1, 2018

My truly heartfelt condolences to Cyril's family and close friends. Sharing his insightful thoughts with over 12 years with the world makes that a pretty big friend list! We all loved and looked forward to your works, every day a great read, 11 years for me and now a profound empty spot exists in my life.

Godspeed Cyril and we will see you again!

Blue Miller

June 1, 2018

There was no-one else in the custom motorcycle industry like Cyril. He combined elegance and wit with a sharp eye for style. He moved seamlessly from building some of the most attractive, nuanced and intelligent custom motorcycles into journalism which resulted in his blog that so quickly became the 'go-to' resource for just about everyone. How many times we wondered how he got to choice stories before anyone else, but Cyril would just shrug and smile. He always had time for people and it was a pleasure and a honour to have met and known him.

Anita and Peter Penz Custombikes, Austria

June 1, 2018

We can`t believe Cyril will not be with us in life any more. With deepest salute and good memory, we look to a great artist and performer in the motorcycle industry. Cyril was one of our first business contacts in the US. Based on our frames, he created beautiful custombikes, which are unique in elegance and design. With him, we are loosing a true friend, mentor and trend-setter of its day. We thank him for his open-hearted conversations, inspiring advices and amusing stays. So many good memories cherish our thoughts and are hold forever in our hearts.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.
Anita and Peter Penz, Austria

Tom Zimberoff

May 30, 2018

Cyril refused to categorize choppers by tire width, fender length, paint job, frame geometry, or suspension. "Chopperness,” he believed, is an expression of an artist’s subjective choices about how to combine—or exclude—such factors to create endless variations. His job as an artists was to define; audiences were free to accept, reject, or ignore.

Cyril's motorcycles have a feminine side, paradoxical for machines that also convey a puissance of masculinity. His design credo was characterized by nuance, more Mingus than Metallica. Men could feel virile riding his bikes; but virility to a Frenchman is a product of elegance, not brutishness. You never saw skulls and flames on his work.

Cyril spent more time in art museums than reading motorcycle magazines. His creative process began with preliminary sketches of a bike's four oblique perspectives: front and back, left and right. His ideas were fanciful and thematic, which influenced the name of each bike. He relationship with motorcycles was romantic.

When Cyril came to America, fist as a tourist to Chicago in 1978, one of the first things he saw was a gum-chewing traffic cop wearing a blue helmet, sitting astride a Harley—a cinematic moment, he thought. Years later he recounted, that his job is to write the storyboard of a motorcycle dream, in the manner of a movie director.

When he was 21 and still in Paris, Cyril bought his first bike: a blue Electra Glide. He fell in love with it. Years later, he chucked a successful advertising career and emigrated to New York, to follow his dream of building custom motorcycles in America. He became a U.S. citizen and set up shop in Boca Raton. Cyril relied on his marketing skills to rummage through the minds of clients, to find the motorcycle of their dreams. Then he built it what their imaginations revealed.

Jason Robinson

May 28, 2018

Had the honor to speak with Cyril one on one. A legend in the industry. Thanks for the articles and your blog. You will be missed by many.

Katy Did

May 26, 2018

Cyril was definitely one of the good guys to me in the blogging world. For many years his expertise and knowledge and just plain love of motorcycles was a great joy to read. He was one of a kind and will indeed be missed. Condolences to family and loved ones.

Marc Beaulieu

May 26, 2018

Wow! Cyril will be missed big time. He was an inspiration to me and my blogging. A total authority on custom motorcycles, an excellent marketer...a real pro...a genuine great motorcycle man. RIP Cyril...RIP.

Marc J. Beaulieu
Motorcycle Marc's Blog
San Diego, California