It’s hard to describe the Japanese style of custom building. But it’s easy to spot: the bikes usually have a timeless and elegant feel, with everything in its place. Trends and fashions are noticeably less important than in the West.
In the pantheon of Japanese bike building, Kengo Kimura of Heiwa Motorcycles is royalty. No one does ‘slammed-and-bobbed’ quite like Heiwa—whether it’s old British iron, or modern staples such as the Yamaha SR400.
‘Bull Pigeon’ is the latest Harley-Davidson to roll out of the Hiroshima workshop. Kimura has worked his magic on a 1978 big twin, and delivered a custom shovelhead brimming with subtly crafted, one-off pieces.