Tokyo, Japan - A little while ago, and you probably remember it, we visited Trijya in Osaka, a motorcycle custom shop offering unique and vibrant bikes, mostly based on Harley Davidsons. Today though, we go to the other end of the spectrum in almost every possible aspect with Bad Land, a shop based in Tokyo also modding Harley-Davidson bikes but in a very different way.
While the bikes from the lively Osaka are all colourful and exuberant, thus reflecting the spirit of the Kansai area, Bad Land bikes are dark, mean and extremely aggressive but while retaining a certain elegance.
One thing the two shops have in common is the price range of their projects. All the motorcycles retail well above 4 million yen each, some even close to double that amount. Excellence in detail and quality are the priorities for Bad Land.
Customers can also have their motorcycles stored by Bad Land and maintained exclusively by them.
The shop is divided in two parts; one as the main workshop where builders assemble the bikes and also fabricate certain parts and components and the second is the storage building, in which Kuwai-san installed a private photo studio.
Having a big interest for photography, he decided he could have total control for all the photos used for commercial purpose. It makes total sense as it would be a shame to have basic photos taken with a smartphone to display machines of such a high level.
This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the day we visited the shop, the weather was absolute crap and there was no way we could shoot these beautiful bikes outside. Instead we used Kuwai-san’s private photo studio thus the high-end brochure-level pictures!
We were free to shoot any of the bikes in storage except for one motorcycle as it was a surprise present from Kuwai-san for one of his friends, so we made a little selection for you, faithful 9tro readers. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did featuring them.
As you can imagine, motorcycles like these are not built overnight. If you decide to ask Bad Land to build you a very special ride, be prepared to wait for at least 12 to 18 months! Between specific parts that will be made to order and to specifications, there’s also all the bespoke work required, the adjustments (nothing ever fits perfectly at first), some components are not always available, thus the delays can really add up.
Bad Land bikes were also featured in the Japanese television series and movie ‘High & Low’ featuring EXILE’s Leader Hiro. Their clientele include lots of wealthy people that trust Kuwai-san to build their unique motorcycles.
For us it was interesting to visit probably two of the highest quality custom shops in Japan with Trijya and Bad Land in order to show you guys how local riders roll. However, as you have seen in my coverage of the JOINTS event, there are lots of shops that definitely deserve a visit and you can count on us in bringing them to you very soon!