War-themed bikes usually go one of two ways. They’re either vulgar, Mad Max-themed affairs, or they’re swathed in olive drab—with bonus points if there’s a machine gun attached.
But now Bunker Custom Cycles of Istanbul have stumbled upon a third way. Their client requested an ‘elegant war machine look,’ and builders Mert and Can Uzer have obliged in spectacular fashion. The brothers have an astonishing knack for building well-judged, tastefully finished motorcycles— the word ‘garish’ just isn’t in their vocabulary.
The last Bunker build we covered was an amazing Yamaha XSR700—an official Yard Built commission. But this SR400 has more of a vintage vibe, and looks more likely to carry a rapier into battle than a mini-gun.
The aesthetic borders on regal—with a Byzantine double-headed eagle motif on the tank that kicks off a string of gold lines and brass touches.…