Japanese workshop AN-BU Customs has developed an instantly recognisable style of their own. Their recipe involves mixing tight proportions, with beefy tires and unique bodywork. All of the bodywork is built inhouse and almost always features an asymmetrical fairing with offset headlights. So when we spotted this bike in Sydney, Australia our first assumption was that it was imported from Japan. However, after contacting the owner we discovered that was not the case.
The ‘Arcanum’ Yamaha SR500 is the work of enthusiast builder Nicholas Blaxell. Nicholas wanted to build a motorcycle he could turn heads with at a local event. Knowing no-one else in the country had an AN-BU bodied bike he ordered parts direct from Japan for the project. Despite a stupidly tight deadline Nicholas managed to build a motorcycle that we’re sure would make AN-BU proud.