NAME: Kenji Heianzan

BIKE: GL500

LOCATION: Tokyo/Japan

BEHIND THE BUILD: Honda’s plastic maggot has enjoyed somewhat of a Cinderella story in alt-moto building circles in current years and while the GL was arguably the CX’s pretty sister, it was still no stunner. Thankfully Kenji Heianzan found this one and decided a make-over was in order. The result of his hard work is the lovable little transverse V-Twin shown here. Its reworked Yamaha tank, Marzocchi rear shocks and meaty vintage vibe rubber made for a combo that stole enough hearts amongst our 1500 strong crowd to see it take out the people’s choice over 250cc capacity award on the day.

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ピープルズチョイス プロ部門250cc 以上   ミナミ モーターサイクル       平安山 健ニ/ ヘイアンザン ケンジ

2クラスに別れたプロ部門は、BBO 会場に集まったみなさんの投票/ピープルズチョイスで順位が決まった。そして「プロ部門250cc以上」クラスでその頂点に選ばれたのは ミナミモーターサイクルの「ホンダGL500」だ。今ここに、バイク界のあらたなシンデレラストーリーが生まれた。

1980年代にマニアックなファンから支持を得ていた「ホンダGL500」。そのマシンが最近、世界中のカスタムシーンで人気を博しているようだ。

ホンダGLシリーズには、同じく縦置きV型2気筒エンジンを搭載するCXシリーズがあり、その素朴な兄弟シリーズはバイク界にひっそりとしていた存在。そんな兄弟を平安山さんが見つけて、カスタムする事を決意。そして彼のハードワークによって、愛らしいV-Twinカフェレーサーが誕生した。 そのマシンはヤマハ製のタンクやマルゾッキ製のリアショック、そしてハイトの高いビンテージタイヤなどによって構成され、それはまるで蛹(サナギ)が蝶々になったかのような変貌を見事に成し遂げたのだ。彼に見つけられカスタムされていなかったら、このホンダGL500はまだ蛹(サナギ)のままだったかもしれない。そんな車両が、来場した1500人の群衆よって見事に選ばれたなんて、なんて素晴しい物語なのだ。

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