The Custom Works ZON team has done it yet again. These Japanese customizers have won numerous awards for their custom BMW bikes before, but nothing creates a stir quite like the new “Departed” motorcycle they’ve produced. Inside this machine is a new opposed-twin engine that might just blow your mind.
With most BMW motorcycle customization, the builder received the existing bike and then creates a unique look. That’s not at all what happened with Departed. In fact, Yuichi Yoshizawa received nothing except the prototype of an opposed-twin engine. From there, it was Custom Works ZON’s job to create the motorcycle that fit the engine.
The opposed-twin engine is strikingly similar to what BMW Motorrad built through the 1960s. It features chrome-plated tubes which protect the pushrods running above the cylinders. To create a design that honors these characteristics, the team knows they must design the body and frame with this in mind.
After many months of working tirelessly on the bike, it was revealed for the first time during the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show held in Japan where it won “Best in Show” and made a name for itself among enthusiasts.
Several design aspects help this bike to stand out from the rest. It features a 21-inch wheel in the front and 26-inch wheel in the rear. Both are milled out of aluminum and feature narrow tires. The trapezoidal front fork and rear wheel swing arm are milled as a whole piece and then fixed on the tubular spaceframe with a hidden suspension. From there, the engine is perfectly hanging in its frame while the seat, front trim panel and tank are all handmade with sheet metal.
While many customizers are working on the BMW R nineT, it’s hard to find a group that could perform magic like what occurred with Departed.
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