Last week at the Sydney Motorcycle Show this stunning Samurai caused quite a commotion when it was unveiled to the public. At first glance you might think it’s been built by Zero Engineering; the creators of this Samurai style bobber, but when you take a closer look you’ll see there’s one obvious difference – we’ll get to that in a moment. The bike was built by Destino Custom Garage who are a Sydney shop that specialise in custom builds on metric cruisers. Their goal was not to replicate the Zero style Samurai, but to build their own on a completely different platform. The Zero Engineering bikes have always been focused on American engines due to Shinya’s love of the American culture and all things old. “Because we specialise in Japanese motorcycles, we thought that it is only fitting that our Samurai is powered by a Japanese engine” said Jimmi from Destino.
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Show ponies. Trailer queens. Museum pieces. Forms over function. Style over substance. Fashion accessories. All show, no go. Collectables. Garage fillers. Props. Just for looks. Whatever you want to call them, you’d be hard-pressed not to admit that quite a few custom bikes aren’t really used as actual transport. Whether it be the bank-breaking paint jobs, the lose-your-mind loudness of the pipes, or the whole “it doesn’t matter – I’ll fix that after the photo shoot” attitude, there’s plenty of customs out there that can’t really cut it out in the big, bad world of, well, the world. But here’s one that fits into that pigeonhole like a tractor fits into your pants. What you are looking at in these here digital-type photographs is a custom that has been ridden day in and day out to the point that it fits Matt, it’s owner, like a pair of custom-made leather riding gloves. We’re guessing that’s more than most of us could say about our own bikes, and we think that most of them would be a touch less bespoke than this little gem. Ladies and gentlemen, pop it into top gear and relax those arms as we take a nice, long ride with Mr. Musial and his Garage Company bobber.
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