On the surface, building a custom and building a race bike are pretty similar endeavors. And there are quite a few builders with track records: in the US, there’s Roland Sands, Michael Woollaway of Deus, and Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles.
Their road going bikes differ in style, but all have one thing in common: the immaculate construction and detailing you’d expect to see on a track machine.
In Japan, the best-known equivalent is Shiro Nakajima of 46Works. When he’s not building vintage cafe racers for his clients, he’s out on the track.
Nakajima-san is a fan of vintage racing, and competes in a series called ‘Legend Of Classic.’ It’s held four times a year at the Tsukuba and Fuji Speedway circuits, and lately he’s been campaigning this stunning 1970 BMW R75/5.…