Wabi-Sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty. Its aesthetic includes asymmetry, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of natural processes. In the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values, this style is equivalent to the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection of the Western World. Examples of Wabi-Sabi aesthetic motorcycles? Look at the work of Japanese born Chica, Keino, Kimura, etc and of American born Chris Flechtner who built this bike and is a fan of Japanese craftsmanship since he apprenticed in the restoration of priceless samurai swords and armor under the supervision of Master restorer Tatsuhiko Konnowho.
With for guide the Wabi-Sabi philosophy Chris has trimmed away and eliminated all the inessentials of a motorcycle. He started building his own rigid frame with a modest 30-degree rake giving it just a little bit of backbone stretch for added visual lightness, used a 1978 stock harley engine ad transmission to look period correct with this style of bike, and machined his own internal springer front end with friction damper and integrated headlight and horn.
Fuel tank is recycled from an old Yamaha and features beautiful stainless steel external mounts. One of the most beautiful pieces is the pivoting hand hammered stainless seat with shock absorber strut. Bike rolls o Sportster wheels 921 x 2.15″ front, 16 x 3.5″ rear, dressed in Avon rubber with a PM 4-piston single disc brake in front and a recycled GSRX brake in the rear. Result, a custom showing that its builder has wisdom for natural simplicity. By the way, Chris is ready to sell the bike to Wabi-Sabi a new project. Raia, girlfriend of Chris, seen taking a few spins will confirm that this custom is pretty easy to handle… Speed Shop design. (photography. Top: Studio 889 . Bottom: H. Roesler)