Characterized by its dramatic flared bodywork, ridiculous proportions, and radical paint jobs, and often associated with organized crime, Bōsōzoku is a style of over-the-top custom cars and motorcycles, originally developed by groups of soldiers returning home to Japan after WW2 — not unlike how the American chopper movement began. And it’s this unorthodox cafe-racer-meets-chopper style that was the inspiration for the latest one-off two-wheeled work for Adam Kay of Untitled Motorcycles.
Commissioned by BMW Motorrad UK, UMC’s Bōsōzoku build started life as a new R18 cruiser model, and retains much of the donor’s original equipment. The headlight has been dropped ever so slightly in order to fit a full vintage GP-style front fairing. Evening out the build’s balance is a two-step Bōsōzoku seat upholstered in white leather, courtesy of father and son team Glenn and Shaun Moger. The UK’s Image Design Custom was also called on to lay down the R18’s custom livery, a white base coat decorated with black and metallic gold flake stripes — accent colors that also adorn the headlight shell, side covers, and rear fender. To see more work from Untitled Motorcycles’ UK or SF locations, you can check out the link below.