Hard Bobbers by Koji Hamada’s HAMMER SYCLE

Koji’s workshop was our third stage that tuesday.
all photographs by Franz J. Venzin


Shu with his ‘Hardly Driveable’ knuckle hard bobber.

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…the chief in charge!

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Well, that was it for the day, we’re heading back!

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Saitama, Japan – December 10th, 2014


It was an intense day that december 10th, but we had a great journey with great dudes. I want to thank Lou Nozaki and Shu Kishi to guide us and to let me do the reportage in their workshop as well as Koji Hamada and Tom Hayashi. Last but not least, thanks to Mario ‘MB Leathers’ Burkardt for making all this possible and Alessandro Bertolotti to be with us and taking care nobody got lost ;)



Tom Hayashi’s JUNK MOTOR!

all photographs by Franz J. Venzin


Tsutomu ‘Tom’ Hayashi with his ‘Junk-Motor’ workshop for aluminium casting and vintage saddle restoration. We met him on our way to ‘Ocean Beetle’ and took the opportunity for some portraits and impressions of his workshop.

Being freak enough he also supplies Shinya Kimura of ‘Chabott Engineering’ with his gear!


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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, 2014

The Zurich convoy, chapter one: Meet up at the Sihlquai!
…how many gentlemen will show up this year?

all photographs by Franz J. Venzin


Hey gentlefolk, take your finest tweed, put on a crisp shirt and bind the silk cravat. Gun your Bobber, Scrambler, Classic, Café Racer or whatever machine you own to join the distinguished gentlemen and genteel ladyfolk on their ride for donation! It’s september the 28th, the day of the ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’!
Being dapper for a cause, ‘DGR’ raises funds for research into prostate cancer as a part of their mission to support men’s health.


Ride with style, be neat and trim in dress and appearance!

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1931 Ford Coupé by Schaub Metalworks

Pro’s sheet metal bending…
…or, what have YOU been foolin’ around when you where nineteen years old?

all photographs by Franz J. Venzin


Well, Raphael Schaub’s goal was to build his own car!


The basic frame was a 4-door Ford Model A Sedan with not much around worth to be restored. So most of what you’re seeing here is totally rebuild or heavily adapted,…by Raphael.


The much more than two thousand hours of working on this project guided him to a free interpretation of a three-windows-coupé which used to exist in 1931 as a prototype only.


…name it cockpit!

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