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‘MasterPeace’ ‘66 Triumph TR6 – Heiwa Motorcycles


Posted on December 9, 2016 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 32 comments

Written by Marlon Slack.

Kengo Kimura fronts up Heiwa Motorcycles, a workshop established in Hiroshima in 2005. They specialise in some of the most beautiful chopped, bobbed and slammed customs found anywhere in the world. This time around they’ve turned out this stunning TR6 Trophy dubbed ‘MasterPeace’. Dear readers, I think we have a late contender for bike of the year.

Notice the chain’s now on the right

Now I said it was a Triumph TR6 Trophy but virtually the only thing about the bike that remains standard is the engine itself. And even that isn’t completely stock. It’s taken to 750cc from it’s standard 650cc capacity and inhales through a Keihin carburetor. But things get a little more complicated due to the way the bike was designed, using Kengo’s fragmented manner of bike building.

“I start with the engine and ideas for individual components and bring them all together”

‘When I’m building a motorcycle I don’t have the whole picture of the bike in mind. I design parts,’ Kengo says. ‘I start with the engine and ideas for individual components and bring them all together’. That tail light he manufactures and sells in-house and the speedo is an aftermarket unit, but don’t go looking for any other components in an online store.

The oil tank was fabricated from scratch to sit cleanly along the left hand side of the frame and the battery box follows the lines of the rear tyre perfectly. The fuel tank was made especially for the bike, the points cover, the brass valve covers and the… actually it really might be easier to list the parts that weren’t made especially for the MasterPeace.

But of all the hard work that has gone into every part of the build Kengo is proudest of the exhausts. The bend is perfect and the fit and proportions of the megaphones absolutely spot on. Check out the heat shields on top. Now go and look up the dictionary definition of craftsmanship. It should have a photo of these exhausts in there.

Bespoke oil tank now sits where the chain used to be

Thankfully for the grizzled anti-Firestone crowd Heiwa Motorcycles’s latest creation runs Michelin Commander II tyres brought to a halt by a Brembo single pot calliper at the front and a Grimeca unit at the chunky rear tyre.

And that fat backside is the reason why the bike now runs a right hand side chain – Kengo couldn’t get the standard left hand side drive to work with the new wider tyre width. But that wasn’t the trickiest thing for the team at Heiwa Motorcycles to fabricate up – that was the seat. Getting that series of linkages and springs to work neatly and sit so tightly against the frame was no easy task.

Spick and span

But it was worth it. Because what you see here is one of the prettiest damn bikes you’re going to find all year. It’s truly one-of-a-kind, perfectly proportioned, and littered with incredibly tidy details. It’s all topped off with a paint job applied by Six Shooter that is just the right level of subdued. It’s gorgeous.

We’re not the only people to think so. The MasterPeace took out the ‘Best in Show’ award at the prestigious Yokohama MoonEyes Hot Rod & Custom show just last week. It was the first time that Heiwa Motorcycles has won the award and first time ever that a European motorcycle has taken the crown from an American or Japanese branded build.

Bike of the year, anyone?

Peace, out

[Heiwa Motorcycles: Web – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Hiroshi Kikui]








  • Fasthanz

    well, one of the screws fixing the right handlebar clamp seems to be loose.
    Sth. you wouldnt expect on a masterpeace, i guess.

    • John in Pollock

      OOPS. Sucks having a booger hanging out of your nose when talking to the girlies don’t it????

    • Will

      Lenscrafters is having a sale! You should check it out!

    • It’s common for builders to photograph bikes before they do a test/shakedown/first ride as the bike is still clean and much easier to prepare for the shoot. Hence the loose bolt.

      • Jester the Clown

        I once had a problem with one of my bikes.
        It turned out to there was a nut loose behind the handlebars . . . !

      • Of course. That’s it.

      • lemieuxmc

        I was under the impression that a proper build involves assembling the bike at least twice. You build it and run it a bit to straighten out the problems, then you disassemble it for the final chrome, paint, polish, and very careful re-assembly for the photo shoot.

        But I don’t really know shit about custom stuff, I’m more of a “bike you actually ride” sort of guy.

    • Davidabl2

      Can’t chalk it up to “wabi-sabi” either 🙂

    • Ed

      Yeah, you are right! They need to give this thing to me. It is SUCH an nice bike! I love, love, love Triumphs anyways, and this is a work of art (except for the loose cap screw, LOL!)

  • martin hodgson

    WOW!!!!! All the superlatives ever!

  • 1957 Panhead

    Great looking bike! I agree on proportions, color and craftsmanship. The more I look the more I find such beautiful subtle details. I do however wish there was a detail photo of the seat and how it works. From these photos it looks more like a Rube Goldberg machine.

      • Jester the Clown

        I’m glad you posted that because the seat is the thing that I find most wrong about this.
        Not that mechanism but that tailpiece that’s kind of stuck on the back of it.
        This bike’s crying out for a proper saddle. In fact, just the bit in that photograph.
        I don’t care for that side mounted oil tank either. I realise space is at a premium but for me, it just doesn’t work.

      • 1957 Panhead

        Uh, thanks … but I still can’t figure it out. Is it supposed to move fore and aft as it goes up and down? That wouldn’t make any sense.

        • jlgace

          From what I can tell, it looks to be designed to move straight up and down – note how the rear linkage and front are connected, vs. the usual set-up that’s hinged at the front and springs at the back that swings up and down through an arc. My best guess. Either way, it’s as awesome as the rest of the bike. Craftsman is a deserved label for this builder.

  • Ed Turner

    Dang, now I canny stop seeing the loose bolt. Dammit!

  • It is possible for someone to not like bobbers, but at the same time it’s impossible to not like Heiwa’s rolling sculptures.

  • Davidabl2

    Man, that’s one 66′ Triumph that did NOT die in vain…

  • Very, very nice work. Obviously well thought out from end to end.

  • GRILLO

    Perfect! That motor is the best looking of the twins

  • Andy Rappold

    Well..besides the mishab with the handlebars…could there be something like “too much” ?? For me it is.

  • the watcher

    Put it this way: I’m fuckedif I can remember a single Heiwa bike that I didn’t rate as high or higher than 99.9% of the rest of the custom bikes around. This sure ain’t the exception.

    • Agreed. I love his restraint. Just the right amount of flash.

      • the watcher

        Have you seen the absolutely darling TR 25? Ooooh!

    • pony

      Couldn’t agree more

  • Troop

    Anybody else actually build and ride Triumphs? Having your oil tank below the crank is going to cause oil pressure problems.

    • He’s got over 15 triumphs under his belt so far. I’m pretty sure he’d be across their oil pressure needs.

  • guvnor67

    Oh my, this is spectacular!! Everything is so clean, so tidy, so damn nice. This is my bike of the year.

  • Cam

    why did you elevate the pipes after the first bend? was it an aesthetic decision? fantastic bike.. I imagine it is as fun to ride as it is beautiful.

  • Don Arnold

    Should have used a saddle. If a tank-colored seat pan is used it must acknowledge the tank. There’s no music here, and I’m not sure it could be fixed with the cafe tail completely ahead of the axle. (Is it a bobber or a cafe?) Further, the lightening holes in the seat linkage make look like an “erector set” to this Yanks’s eyes. (cheap prototyping kit for 10 year olds). My first impression was that someone bent the tail down the first time he sat on it.

  • Zundap

    Like the machine work in the seat. Being a hard tail what’s a little more pain?