Death Machines of London has reimagined a 1977 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 to create a road warrior worthy of a samurai. Dubbed Kenzo, the ride is inspired by a samurai general’s armor and named after Kenzo Tada, a Japanese motorcycle racer who was the first Asian to compete in the Isle of Man TT, back in 1930.
The details are pretty impressive, this eye-catching custom ride utilises a pair of updated ACOU 60 Ohlins, with springs made specifically for the build by Hagon, the brakes use a mix of Brembo M4 forged radial calipers, a BMW master cylinder, and DMOL’s own Type R01 handlebar levers, the seat unit was then wrapped in embossed leather, while the body work was finished in a custom “Titanium Samurai” paintwork, with matt black detailing. Each of the 18-inch wheels has been relaced and shot in satin black before being wrapped in Avon rubber.
“Kenzo is the result of traditional craft combined with state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, and plenty of headaches, cuts, burns, and serious reconsiderations of life choices,” says James Hilton.
Despite all the incredible elements, the speedometer really stands out, “Kenzo’s hand-crafted speedometer features a dragon, cast from an 18th Century Japanese jewel box, and a hand-made pointer of the same finish,” James explains.
The price? Kenzo motorcycle is priced at £56,000.00 (approximately $72,500USD) at current exchange rates. For orders and more info visit Death Machines of London’s website.
Images Courtesy of Ivo Ivanov / Death Machines of London