I admit I have a certain admiration for Japan. If you ever visit this country, you’ll notice the attention to detail and the meticulous care Japanese people take in most of the things they do. Just stroll through the food-court of any shopping mall and you might not believe your eyes. Simple things as for an example the display of a bakery look like a jewelry shop. And that’s even before you take a step into any crafts market.
But above all, I am a big fan of the Japanese custom scene. If you add the before mentioned care to an exuberant creativity and innovative ideas, you can imagine what to expect from a Custom Show in the land of the rising sun. And that’s where you can see bikes like the one depicted here, namely Heiwa Motorcycle’s 'Master Peace'.
With his 1966 Triumph TR6, Kengo Kimura from Hiroshima based workshop Heiwa, won the Best of Show-Award at the 2016 Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show. In the unlikely case that you never heard of this event, let me assure you this comes pretty close to the holy grail of custom honors.
Since the only parts that were not manufactured or heavily modified by Kengo are the speedo, the engine as well as the rear light, a list of parts for this bike is obsolete. Then again, you’ll have to know that the rear light is produced in small batches by Heiwa Motorcycles and can be ordered on their website while the engine hasn’t been left completely untouched either. And since an enumeration of all the work that went into this TR6 would go beyond the scope of this article, let me just indicate a few points of the bike in order to gain your attention for this 'Master Peace'.
Kengo took the standard bore from 650ccm to 750ccm and mounted a free breathing Keihin carb to it. Since the new rear wheel is quite large for a bike of this era, the secondary drive had to be switched to the right side. The Michelin Commander II tires are now stopped by a modified single piston Brembo caliper at the front and a Grimeca drum in the rear.
The beautiful oil tank now rests on the left side of the frame and follows the form of the latter. The battery-box sits right under the seat and beautifully takes over the curve of the rear wheel. The gas tank is hand-made as well but it’s the exhaust that makes Kengo extra proud. If you take a look at the shape, the proportions and the finish of the system, you’ll understand.
But the most complex part of the bike has to be the seat unit. Its linkages, all delicate but perfectly working, in combination with the springs are simply a piece of art and impressively demonstrate how much pedantry and attention to detail went into this bike. The subtle but beautiful paint job by Six-Shooter emphasizes the perfection of the 'Master Peace'.
The 'Master Peace' is the first custom based on a European Bike to win the prestigious award at the YHRC-Show so you see that I am not the only one thrilled by this build. And if you take some time to marvel thoroughly at the pictures, you might understand where my admiration for many things Japan comes from.