Considering the abundance of BMW R-series builds – it’s challenging to propose something fresh. This build by located in Hiroshima, Japan Heiwa Motorcycles is a proof that it’s still possible to surprise regarding the style.
The donor bike is a 1976 BMW R75/6
I have no idea how it got the nickname “Adrian”. But I do know that this motorcycle won two awards at the Mooneyes moto show in Yokohama. This custom is a candy looking a piece of art that could be displayed in a gallery, but as You can see in the video below – it actually rides (but I honestly don’t think that it’s road legal).
The first thing that grabs attention is the purple/grey flaked paint job. The glittering structure, fits the black pinstriping, while it’s surrounded by bare metal and polished aluminium.
The engine itself looks flawless
It’s fitted into a modified frame, that gives the build more bobberish look. The tank matches the style regarding its shape. Straight pipes, without any visible mufflers, work as an exhaust. The same as the tank – which is almost perfectly horizontal, what on the other hand, says “a brat/cafe style”.
The engine breathes through polished velocity stacks (aka trumpets). The original airbox is still in place, but now it holds a battery.
The top of the cake is two beautiful wheels, with an interesting H-pattern of spokes. Both are the same size – 18 inches. When You look closer, the attention to detail becomes more apparent. Just look at the level of finish of those metal elements – the handlebar, the foot pegs, the hub of the front wheel. But it’s not only about the details itself… The design and proportions are amazing.
The BMW R-series engine profile is iconic, but not very pleasant to look at. Here – it’s almost perfectly in the middle between huge (comparing to the size of the whole project) wheels. The cylinder heads are virtually in line with the polished wheel hubs. The size of the rims – fits the height of the engine. And these big “balloon tires” top is almost exactly under the tank/seat line.
All these proportions – make “the Adrian” extremely pleasant to look at.
And the details.