BMW has an illustrious history of working with Japanese customizers. Witness the extraordinary R nineT Custom Project of three years ago, with Shiro Nakajima, Brat Style, Hidemo and Cherry’s Company. And then the wild K 1600 GTLs built by Ken’s Factory and Hot Dock.
In September 2016, BMW decided it was time to give Heiwa a crack of the whip. It’s the shop owned by Kengo Kimura, in Hiroshima on the island of Honsh?, a five-hour ride west of Tokyo.
“I had never customized a BMW, or even owned one,” Kimura-san confesses. “So I rode the R nineT Scrambler to learn what kind of bike it is. I rode it to work, through town, and did some touring.”
“It’s much easier to handle than it appears.…