Let us show you Buell X1 Lightning custom motorcycle by Custom Works Zon. CW-Zon team of Yuichi Yoshizawa and Yoshikazu Ueda is proud of their Harley-Davidson credentials, with sales, repair and full-blown customisation of everything from brand new Sportsters to old WL models available. Part of their business includes importing American V-Twins and the X1 Lightning is a cheap way to start a project. Damaged bikes aren’t a problem as there is literally nothing CW-Zon can’t do. So this particular X1 was pulled down to a bare frame and most of the bike pushed to the side including the signature alloy swingarm.
To turn it into a roller the wheels are taken from the Aprilia racing catalogue with each end wrapped up in Metzeler MC 360 rubber in a Mid Hard for the conditions they had in mind. The axles and spacers to make them fit are machined in house on the huge old Daiwa lathe. While more machine work was required to adapt the small yet powerful Aprilia racing brakes front and rear. The front forks are the Showa 41mm units that came with the Buell, rebuilt for off-road work. While at the back, a big dollar Gears Racing shock joins the new swingarm to the frame.
From one large sheet of aluminium the boys bent, trimmed and welded until they had a unique item that slots perfectly between the rails. The same technique was used to craft the custom oil tank, this time with more rounded edges.
Up front a single rectangular headlight shines the way with more custom aluminium fabrication used to form the neat headlight surround that gives the bike a distinctive style. Underneath it’s all function with the front fender from a Yamaha dirt bike modified to fit and the rear end utilising a hand made inner fender to keep the mud at bay. While the black and brushed finish paint was completed in house and is topped off with perfect hand laid gold graphics.
To give the Buell some bark through the forest, the team set about bending up a custom exhaust that runs tight to the engine and exits out the rear. With extra performance coming via an FCR carb that sports a Mooneyes air filter unit. The wide bars for wrestling the beast were another in-house operation, so too the tiny instrument cluster that replaces the enormous factory item. With it all wrapped up the Custom Works Zon crew now have the perfect excuse for a Sunday session in the mountains, dirt laden rooster tails in the air, the perfect way to relax after a week on the tools. Also we have to collections you might be interested in: best vintage motorcycles and 10 world’s fastests motorcycles.