Dark Urban Custom Bikes From Japan

One of my readers called Ryan Harrigan got the good idea to point my browser to 2 excellent Japanese custom builders called Brat Style & Hot-Dock. As Ryan states, the bikes are completely counter to the billet-craze we have known in America. Travel to these 2 Japanese websites to see a lot of wonderful dark urban custom bikes. 


10 Responses to “Dark Urban Custom Bikes From Japan”

  1. 1 Nebula Jun 27th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    This reminds me of what chopping/bobbing used to be like. With a much smaller aftermarket for V-twins, these shops are doing an amazing job at capturing some real classic looks, while keeping them practical enough to ride. Inspiring stuff…

  2. 2 Nicker Jun 27th, 2007 at 2:23 pm


    “…what chopping/bobbing used to be like…”

    Yep, one can only hope it comes back to that. But i’m not holding my breath.

    Some time ago i got real excited when there appeared to be a resurgences of the Brit Rocker Scene here in Northern CA.

    It didn’t last…..:(
    -the nicker-

  3. 3 CJ "Warden" Hanlon Jun 27th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Cyril, these guys are building bikes we’ve somehow forgotten about here in the good ole USA. Bikes that are basic functional and appealing visually. With the recent upsurge in coverage by “some” magazines, maybe there is hope for this type ride getting serious consideration from the general public. But we all know that what the media covers is what the masses follow….I personally would like to see the media getting behind such builders and styles here in the USA. But is that a pipe dream? Maybe.
    Guilty Customs.

  4. 4 sean Jun 27th, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    These guys get it. Japanese builders never cease to blow my mind with
    their ingenuity and execution. Every time i see something new from over there
    I am completley inspired to build. Thanks for the pics Cyril.


  5. 5 Mike Jun 27th, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Cyril, continue to bring stuff like these japanese bikes. Your blog is the only thing i really need to read to know what’s going on. Great job. Thanks.

  6. 6 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian m/c's Jun 28th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    The Japanese have a very interesting and appealing approach to their customizing of motorycles. I’ve always enjoyed their building abilities and I also admire their very high level of craftmanship in paying attention to even the smallest of details.
    We’ll be seeing more of this in the future in the USA. Funny how the m/c industry comes back to its customizing roots 50-60 yrs later. Bobbers and Flat heads forever. Mike Kiwi Tomas. Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co

  7. 7 GARAGE GOON Jun 28th, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Now these are real 100% HARDCORE AMERICAN, (whoops) I mean Japanese Kool. Scary to think that many of us have gotten so far away from the simple pleasures of timeless bobber hip. I’d like to think I never forgot, but then again I’m in the minority out my way. Billet barges & stock Chromed out Harleys abound. Check out Vibes Magazine for more slammin Japanese bikes. This blog post was very nice to see. Many thanks!!! Sam. (Garage Goons)

  8. 8 Antone Jun 28th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Great!!! Bikes that real people could afford,to many people building bikes that only the rich could buy,and most of them don’t even ride them much…
    Thanks for the website great lookin bikes…

  9. 9 a 1 cycles Jun 29th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    please check out the 4 valve 4 cam motor on that web site. its sick the engineering that was involved is awesome..these guys work out of shops smaller than a two car garage..space is at a premium over there. i just wish they had a dyno sheet for the 4 cam 4 valve 124 incher..i bet its good.

  10. 10 yuza (APE CUSTOM) Sep 4th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    nice bike

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