Should I promote Chinese parts when they are knock-offs of the originals made elsewhere? Of course, not. Should I promote all custom builders wherever their work is produced? Evidently, yes. You are looking at one of the creations of one of the most reputable motorcycle shops in Beijing, China opened in 2011 and called Bandit9. The name Bandit 9 comes from the idea that bandits, pirates and outlaws are the kings of innovation and of individualism…
This Far East shop intends to demonstrate to the world that China is able to create originals capable of competing with the craft of the well known custom shops around the world. And I must admit that with a small budget, “Hephaestus” (Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals), is a nicely designed bike, striking the right balance between being too glitzy or overly rugged.
Based on a Honda Bros 400, a bike still affordable for the Chinese market, Hephaestus features a custom handcrafted stainless steel tank, cowl and fender, a custom gas cap, upgraded front and rear disc brakes and suspension, a custom hand-stitched leather seat, custom side covers, a custom exhaust and muffler and custom turn signals.
How much? For sale in China for the equivalent of US$13,000.
Are we going to see very soon Chinese custom builders competing in bike shows In Daytona & Sturgis? Is it possible that one day Chinese custom builders use American amd European made custom parts? Probably. Bandit9 China.