Tribute To Hagakure. 2nd Place 2013 World Championship Of Bike Building.

zen1zen2zen3zen4I have featured a couple of times “Tribute To Hagakure”, its fabrication by Laurent Dutruel, then the tentative Land Speed Record in Bonneville (000 A-PG class, less than 1000 cc) ending up with runs at the speed of 129.2 mph (208 km/h) on a bike without any suspension and no gearbox! 2 Years to built it for a few runs on the Salts of Utah, then 1 year later a second place in the 2013 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. To go from the race track to the bike shows and not the opposite is quite an unusual itinerary for a professional custom builder. Good enough for a 3rd feature, this time emphasizing Hagakure aesthetic qualities.

zen5zen6zen7zen8Although not trying to imitate another creation, inspiration comes from the famous custom Harley Boardtrack named Hagakure built in 1995 by Japanese builder Masayuki Morimoto. For his race/show bike, Laurent adopted the same Zen approach. Very organic lines in search of maximum fluidity, parts limited to the bare minimum to run o 2 wheels, a weight of only 253 lbs (135 kg), a Buell XB enginen delivering 95 hp with welded Mikuni HSR 48 carburetor, oil circulatingin mini custom made reservoir attached behind cases., no front suspension, no gearbox, just the clutch and a mini disc brake. A bike that Rollie Free would have loved to race and to display in bike shows? Zen Motorcycles. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD courtesy Cyril Huze)

Business Zen Motorcycles
Massongy. France
Bike Name Tribute to Hagakure
Builders Name Laurent Dutruel
Owner Laurent Dutruel
Engine Make / Size Buell / 980cc
Frame Make / Type Zen Motorcycles / Single tube
Rake 28
Front End Zen Motorcycles / rigid
Swingarm
Drivetrain Chain / Dry clutch
Wheels [Front] HD / 2,75 x 19
Wheels [Rear] HD / 3,5 x 19
Tyres [Front] Continental Race Attack
Tyres [Rear] Continental Race Attack
Brakes [Front] Nissin
Brakes [Rear] Nissin
Painter Daddygraph

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6 Responses to “Tribute To Hagakure. 2nd Place 2013 World Championship Of Bike Building.”


  1. 1 ggchopper Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Bravo bravo mon cher Laurent !

  2. 2 Doc Robinson Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    “To go from the race track to the bike shows and not the opposite is quite an unusual itinerary for a professional custom builder.” Yes Cyril, unusual certainly, but not unprecedented. I seem to remember Roger Goldammer doing this several years back. Bike shows much attention to aesthetic detail all over. Well done.

  3. 3 P. Sanford Jun 17th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Nice & zen.

  4. 4 Pat Savage Jun 17th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Sleek & sexy very vroom…

  5. 5 Zipper Jun 17th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Can’t imagine going 129 with no suspension, but then again it’s all about how the bike makes you feel when you twist the gas. Double Whoomp. ..Z

  6. 6 Sigfreed Jun 18th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Image going 0 – near 130mph in a single gear – DE DINGUE!!

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