The world of customs is full of amazing stories. Like the one of this WL 45 sent in 1942 to Europe and discovered 60 years later still sleeping in its original crate. Laurent Dutruel from Zen Motorcycles could have kept it original but dreamed it as a daily rider with high tech accessories and equipped…with a turbo. Laurent started by building an aluminum frame, a one-off front end, an aluminum gas tank (gas on one side, engine oil on the other), decided to associate a 1998 Sportster transmission to the WL 45 (I even don’t want to start the long list of modifications he had to do to make them work together), and welded a turbo compressor to the gear box. FYI, the WL 45 is now fitted with electric ignition, is breathing through a modified 32 mm Lectron carburetor, and rolls on a set of Avon Speedmaster MK2 (21” front, 18” rear). Of course, to arrive to the result you see there was much more complicated than described (1300 hours of labor), but it’s well worth it because it works fine and you will agree with me, it looks beautiful. Zen Motorcycles.