Custom Works Zon have a stellar reputation in their home country of Japan, but are only just becoming known outside. Six months ago, BMW propelled Zon into the limelight when they revealed the R18 ‘Departed’ collaboration at the Mooneyes show—and now Zon are back with an equally amazing Buell S1 Lightning custom.

It’s called ‘Zonkern’—which means ‘core of the sun.’ And almost everything on this V-twin, aside from the engine, has been fabricated by hand.

It’s an extreme build, but by Zon’s standards, it’s fairly practical. In Japan, builders Yuichi Yoshizawa and Yoshikazu Ueda are known for their outrageous show bikes—including one with a hub steering system built for a Michael Lichter show—and others with unfeasibly large wheels.

This time, Yuichi and Yoshikazu have toned things down a little. “We wanted to make a bike that satisfies basic performance duties, such as turning and stopping, while being enjoyable to

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