Part of my job while writing this Blog is to observe all motorcycle events susceptible to shape the future of our custom motorcycle industry. It’s also, from time to time, to look at the distant and recent past to measure how much bike and part designs are evolving and in which direction. I was looking for a new built custom motorcycle, not necessary the best in my opinion, but kind of representative of what was built during these last 5 years. Of course, my choice is subjective, but I think that the design featured here, mixing both traditions of the long chopper and of the board tracker with some zen (or Japanese) attitude is quite representative of the years 20005-2010 where builders looked at the past for inspiration and abroad for style to create new modern bikes.
Hazel is a 2008 creation of TPJ Customs, whose obvious objective was to create a futuristic board tracker, something that the guys back then may have built if they had our modern parts. Bryan Schimken created every piece at the shop starting with a chromoly frame and positioning front end and bars to get you into the race position. To keep everything light, the bike weights only 315 pounds, most of the parts are aluminum were possible and Bryan used the hubs from a Honda CRF450 for lightness and durability. Using a BDL clutch and pulleys Bryan created the rest of the primary drive and also handmade the gas tank and oil tank placed front of the engine. A total of 900 hours of labor for a successful design that we may one day qualify of so 2008… TPJ Customs. (Build only what you like, but very soon I will post about what I think is the style of custom bike that many builders are going to embrace in 2011)