“Don’t scratch the paint” is normally each a warning and a nightmare for bike homeowners (and OK, automobile homeowners, too). Scratching, when rigorously managed and carried out in a really particular sample, turns into engraving. In the palms of Japan’s Rohan Izawa Art Design, and absolute grasp Takehiko Izawa, the intricate varieties take form, in what the Izawa staff calls IZ Metal.
The beautiful customized Harley-Davidson Street Glide you see earlier than you was unveiled on the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Japanese bagger customized specialists Iron Paddock first closely personalized the bike, after which handed it over to Rohan Izawa Art Design to create their jaw-dropping IZ Metal end.
As you’ll see within the video, the engraving course of is as concerned and exact as you’d count on. First, after all, there’s loads of masking put down so as to select precisely how the design will move throughout the person items of bodywork. Then, Izawa begins the method of engraving with energy instruments. It’s a painstaking course of that nearly resembles gradual, cautious carving of clay—besides, after all, that it’s steel. Watching this work is nothing wanting breathtaking.
If your vehicular pursuits lengthen to customized vehicles and don’t solely keep within the motorbike realm, it’s possible you’ll beforehand have seen Rohan Izawa’s jaw-dropping IZ Metal paint work earlier than—on a 1958 Chevrolet Impala that appeared at SEMA earlier than the pandemic. In truth, that very Impala additionally appeared alongside this new Harley-Davidson Street Glide on the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, as you’ll be able to see within the photographs.
Both engraved designs are laid out like irezumi tattoos, solely etched in steel as a substitute of ink pushed into pores and skin. The work is then fully protected on the finish with a mixture of paint and clear coating in a number of layers, to protect all of the intricate magnificence for years to return. It’s one among Rohan Izawa Art Designs’ calling playing cards, this course of—and is one thing that events may probably request for their very own customized tasks.
We’ve posted the brief overview video from Rohan concerning the general IZ Metal paint course of utilized to this bike, however there’s additionally an extended video on their YouTube channel, if you need a lengthier glimpse into how they work. While the textual content and speech are in Japanese, even non-speakers ought to get quite a bit out of merely watching the method and seeing the way it all comes collectively.