I love bobber-style motorcycles, and this beauty from custom bike builder Heiwa is a one of a kind masterpiece. It's a gorgeous example of how minimalism can bring about so much more emotion than something that's overly styled.
The bike is simple and elegant, and its only when you take a seriously close look that you see its intricacies. Heiwa is known for making bikes of this caliber and I often forget about them. I forget just how gorgeous they are. This 68 BSA has me in love with Bobbers again.
My first bike was a bobber. It was a kit bike that I bought pre-assembled and registered. It had a 125 cc engine, a head light, taillight and not much else. The little engine would vibrate pieces loose as I rode down the road, but it taught me how to ride.
In some ways its still my favorite bike. That being said it was a nightmare to own and maintain. It was poorly assembled and poorly designed. I don't regret trading it for a different bike.
While I don't regret getting rid of my first bobber, I've often wanted another one. Something simple and awesome like the Heiwa 68 BSA B-25 shown in the pictures. I know an old bike like that would require plenty of maintenance, but on a masterpiece like this I wouldn't mind doing it. The 249cc single is plenty of bike for my needs (city riding and country roads).
I could gaze at these pictures all day, and I hope one day I'll get to see a Heiwa, possibly even this particular bike, in person. Until that day comes, I'll just enjoy the pictures and keep an eye out for other beautiful gems like this.
H/T - Pipeburn
Pictures - Heiwa
Wade Thiel is the creator of Wind Burned Eyes. He is an automotive journalist and a motorcycle enthusiast who lives in Indianapolis, IN. Check him out on Twitter or read his automotive work at Web2Carz.