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Beemer and Zon build one beaut of a custom creation

  • Japan and Germany build joint beaut bike
  • First home for prototype BMW boxer
  • Tradition and custom get creative
FIRST SHOWING: BMW andZon motorcycles in Japan unite to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA
FIRST SHOWING: BMW and Zon motorcycles in Japan united to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Japanese motorcycle customiser Custom Works Zen has created a ”spectacular” – and it sure is! – custom bike built around the prototype of a new BMW Motorrad boxer engine.

The bike has just been presented as ‘The Departed’ at the 2019 Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan.

Custom Works Zon was commissioned by BMW Motorrad to create what has become a motorcycle whose centerpiece is the prototype of a completely new boxer motorcycle engine.

FIRST SHOWING: BMW andZon motorcycles in Japan unite to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA
FIRST SHOWING: BMW and Zon motorcycles in Japan united to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA

Custom Works Zon, The Corner was told in a media release, was founded by Yuichi Yoshizawa and Yoshikazu Ueda in the prefecture of Shiga in 2003 and has become well known for exceptional creations.

DISTINCTIVE STYLE

The company says custom builders are regularly invited to well-known shows on the customiser scene such as Mama Tried Show in Milwaukee, The Hand Built Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas, and the Brooklyn Invitational.

The small workshop has lots of prizes and awards on its shelves – clear evidence of the builders’ skill, craftsmanship and distinctive style.

Yoshizawa said he was was thrilled to collaborate with BMW: “It was a great honour and a challenge to be asked to build a motorcycle around the prototype of such a spectacular new boxer engine for one of the most tradition-steeped manufacturers.”

HIGHEST STANDARDS

There was a lot of speculation at the show about the engine. The external geometry and visible elements such as the push rods running above the cylinders in chromed protection ducts recall BMW Motorrad boxer engines assembled were built until the late 1960’s – but evidently with a larger capacity and modern air/oil cooling.

FIRST SHOWING: BMW andZon motorcycles in Japan unite to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA
FIRST SHOWING: BMW and Zon motorcycles in Japan united to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA

Further details about the engine and a possible host(s?) will be communicated as soon as possible.

STEEL-PIPE SWING-ARM

Zon’s distinctive style, The Corner was told, are clear: classic styling, modern production techniques and a wealth of craftsmanship in the detail – each produced to the very highest Japanese standards.

The very low silhouette reminds of reminiscent of Ernst Henne’s record-breaking machines of the late 1920’s and 30’s. The 21” front and 26” rear wheels are milled aluminum and fitted with relatively narrow tyres while the girder fork was also made of solid aluminum.

The swing-arm is steel pipe, attached to the tubular spaceframe by a concealed suspension and the engine suspended therein with grid tubes.

Meanwhile, the fitted fuel-tank, seat and front trim were crafted by hand from sheet metal.

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So much was it liked that it won the “Best of Show Motorcycle” award, regarded the highest honour at the 2019 Hot Rod Custom Show.

The Mooneyes Show – as it is called in customiser parlance – was being held for the 27th time in Yokohama. It attracts at least 15 000 spectators every year despite being only a one-dayer,

Car and motorcycle custom builders from all over the world present their creations – the 2019 event attracting nearly 300 cars and 650 motorcycles along with many dealers’ stands.

FIRST SHOWING: BMW andZon motorcycles in Japan unite to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA
FIRST SHOWING: BMW and Zon motorcycles in Japan unite to create one beautiful custom bike. Image: Motorpress USA

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