Nero MKII By Chinese Custom Builder Bandit 9.

bandit9-11bandit9-33bandit9-2When last February I published for the 1st time the work of Chinese Custom Builder Bandit 9, I expected quite a few negative or at least skeptical reactions regarding the quality of the featured bike. None… Proving that the negative attributes attached to Chinese manufacturing doesn’t necessarily affect its individual craftsmen. Since its creation in 2011, custom bike after custom bike, Bandit 9 works very hard at pushing away all negative stereotypes of his country.

bandit9-4bandit9-5Negative stereotypes regarding your country can even motivate you to convince the world , custom bike after custom bike, that you are able to compete with the world’s best builders. Although always working with small budgets you must admit that Bandit 9 has at least one visible merit: originality. You will be hard-pressed to find any custom motorcycle looking like the Nero MKII, a fully customized Chang Jiang 750. Roll it down Main Street in Daytona or Lazelle Street in Sturgis, and most bikers won’t understand what they are staring at. Bandit 9.

20 Responses to “Nero MKII By Chinese Custom Builder Bandit 9.”

  1. 1 fuji Nov 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Boxers rule

  2. 2 Terence Tory Nov 2nd, 2013 at 8:59 am

    The guy must have spent a hell of a lot of time looking at Deus Ex Machina and BIKEexif fashion websites.These Zing Zang Ying Yang Chang Jiang Whizz Bangs put out about 17 BHP and weigh more than a Sporty.It would be a good investment in Chinese post post modern art to hang from the rafters of some New York loft.As a bike,not so much.

  3. 3 BobS Nov 2nd, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Definitely original. Look forward to seeing more!

  4. 4 Blackmax Nov 2nd, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Sorry, still not impressed & that’s ok
    Not every cycle is going to appeal to everybody .
    It’s ok not to like someting that is not your “cup of tea”
    on the other hand there is no need to go out of the way to trash somebody else hard work.

  5. 5 Fritz Nov 2nd, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Thats a good looking bike!

    The custom work matches the flathead boxer and that is a hard task just within itself. Do people do work on the engine itself (other than cosmetic)? Don’t see modern custom jobs on 1930 style equipment too often.

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Nov 2nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm


  7. 7 fuji Nov 2nd, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Somehow I believe he is totally ignorant of the complexities of pop culture as we know and which we immerse ourselves. No peer pressure here.

    Lucky man to own a dated motorcycle with deep history copied from another well engineered bike of its time. Also copied by the US for desert use because our traditional bikes were not practicle.

    I have the appreciation for those that create with only the resources at hand be it a hammer, adjustable wrench or a rattle can.

    Egocentric views probably never crossed his mind, only the pleasure of creative enjoyment.

  8. 8 Patrick Nov 2nd, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    The “responces” on the blog are from nothing but trash talking, negative, nothing better to do nimrods. You know who you are and I fail to see anything you have produced. Nock this or hate that…everyone else but you must be a “poser”.
    Get a life.

  9. 9 Anthony J Nov 2nd, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Hey Terry, what Patrick said

  10. 10 Terence Tory Nov 3rd, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Patrick,to reiterate :”The guy must have spent a hell of a lot of time looking at Deus Ex Machina and BIKEexif fashion websites.These Zing Zang Ying Yang Chang Jiang Whizz Bangs put out about 17 BHP and weigh more than a Sporty.It would be a good investment in Chinese post post modern art to hang from the rafters of some New York loft.As a bike,not so much.”

    Stripping junk off and painting a cheap junker bike black is neither original or creative.It has been done since the dawn of the motorized motor-bicycle.Often after dragging a discarded lump out of a creek.I did the stripped-down matt black bike decades ago.You could say I “Monkeed around” a bit back in the day.

    Learned analysis based on decades of experience is not that term of the gormless:”haters”.Bikers of the world can thank their lucky stars that Andy Warhol is not alive and flittering around anointing custom bikes close to his heart with his fruit-flavoured sparklie wand of artful wisdom and approval.Be your own arbiter of the elegances and not a lemming of the lame game of the fleeting fashion moment.If you don’t like my comments, why even bother to respond?

    The current trend of youth to engage in “die Sehnsucht der flüchtigen Männer in einer post post-modernen Welt Relevanzprüfung” ,excusing my mild references to Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf,is understandable.The predicably reactionary response of hipsters to any criticism however,of their borrowed aesthetic and icons however is a rather strange phenomena.Getting all hissy like,like women talking about shoes,about a motorcycle custom is a 21st century moment.I’m sure.The most conservative and privileged generation ever to draw breath is a truly strange beast.More conservative than 50’s WASPs on the inside and an outer shell resembling the Beat poets.Talk about inner turmoil and a clash of cultures,jeese.

    Go and surf for Roger Goldammer,Jesse Rooke,Rick Fairless or just about any Japanese biker guy with a spanner or hacksaw for entertainment or inspiration.

    Move along please,nothing happening here folks.

  11. 11 Phil S Nov 3rd, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Wot the hell ! , It’s different , and that’s wot it’s all about , I personally like it .

    Phil (UK)

  12. 12 baggerdude Nov 3rd, 2013 at 6:13 am

    He’s done what he can considering what he has to work with. I congratulate him for that!

  13. 13 Iron Horse Nov 3rd, 2013 at 7:13 am

    baggerdude +1. Build what you’ve got and what you like.

  14. 14 Tussuck Nov 3rd, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Tragic…. Anyone with a knock off boxer bike and a can or two of Matt black in a rattle can could do this. Regardless of the country of origin of the bike it’s not noteworthy at all!

  15. 15 richard Nov 3rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    To terence T…..HUH?

  16. 16 David Nov 3rd, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Wow what will they learn to do next with black spray paint or is that truck bed lining spray? when will they discover color and chrome???


  17. 17 Septic the Sceptic Nov 3rd, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    As a concept I like it. Not sure I’d ride it though. The steering stem must be all of 3 inches long.

  18. 18 qajaqr Nov 3rd, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Re: Bandit 9’s Nero MKII and your reference to H.Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”:
    Such and erudite Teutonic scholar as yourself would instantly recognize this passage from that classic: Ich bin in Wahrheit der Steppenwolf, dass ich oft rufen mir nehmen, damit Tier in die Irre, die weder zu Hause noch Freude noch Nahrung in einer Welt, die fremd und unverständlich ist für ihn findet.

  19. 19 Kroeter Nov 6th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Baggerdude, +1

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