On the bucket list of events we want to attend, the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is at the top. The one-day show is legendary because it attracts the best builders from Japan—and some quite extraordinary customs.
A few days ago, one of the standouts of the 2015 show was this KTM RC8. Yes, a 173hp plastic-clad superbike—but re-imagined by master builder Shiro Nakajima.
Nakajima-san used to head up Ritmo Sereno—an outfit known for its classy BMW and Guzzi resto-mods. Since leaving, he’s relocated to the USA and established 46Works, where he carries on that fine tradition.
The RC8 project was commissioned by KTM Japan. It’s a good match for the 46Works vibe—bikes that look good on the street, but ride well on the track.…