BMW Motorrad Spezial

Hide Buell Glory

The Hide Glory, a Buell XB9S Lightning-based custom motorcycle
How ironic: Hide Motorcycle is based in the Japanese city of Kawasaki, but focuses on Harley-powered customs. For the last fifteen years, owner Hideya Togashi has indulged his penchant for vintage American racers—building quality bikes with a slightly off-kilter hybrid look, not quite American, and not quite Japanese. With the recent Glory bike though, Hide has thrown caution to the wind. He’s turned a Buell XB9S Lightning into something quite special. Powered by the familiar 984cc, air-cooled, v-twin motor, it’s influenced by Joe Petrali’s 1930s Knucklehead land speed motorcycle and Harley’s “Lucifer’s Hammer” racer. Hide has refashioned the Buell’s bodywork in aluminum, adding that extraordinary fairing and solid front wheel to give the bike a retro-Tron look. We suspect that Erik B would give this one his approval. [Via Blood Falcons.]