Nicholas Hoult has taste when it comes to motorcycles
There’s something about the Japanese custom scene that really understands the look and feel of Vintage Americana. For this reason, I am hardly surprised that Go Takamine, founder of Brat Style with Custom Motorcycle Shops in California and Tokyo, managed to build this perfect Indian hardtail from a brand new Chief. It’s fantastically easy with big chunky hoops, polished parts just where needed, brass accents, and amazing tiny details that only reveal themselves up close.
The bike, as mentioned in the headline, was made for the actor Nich. builtolas Hoult. You may know him from Mad Max or X-Men, but he has appeared in a lot of pretty decent films and TV shows. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of his work per se, but I’m never disappointed to see him on screen I guess. That this is the type of bike he wanted to ride around Los Angeles, however, only raised him a few steps.
The bike started life as a factory Indian Chief from 2022 and retains that bike’s large air-cooled V-twin and electronics package. It’s just the styling that’s really old-fashioned here, as evidenced by the Go body and fallback parts. Apparently the rear fender for the bike was molded from a 1937 Ford pickup truck fender, and the gnarled brass pins were finished with Buffalo nickel on each side of the bike.
In a really wild move, Go converted the brand new Indian into a hardtail with a suspended solo seat. Maybe I’m just not used to the pain, but I found the Chief a bit hard on my bum so it seems like a recipe for a broken bum to get rid of the suspension there. I don’t think Hoult will go very far on this bike, but if he does he’ll look totally badass.
Here is a list of everything Brat Style made for this bike:
- Conversion of the rear suspension from Schwinge / Softail to a rigid hardtail by installing cross members from the rear axle to the main frame.
- New Brat Style Bars and Brass Risers
- The digital speedometer has been relocated to the lower left side of the bike just below the fuel tank. It did this by making a special mounting system for the speedometer, relocating the existing wiring from the bike to this new location.
- Cut out two inches from the center of the tank to narrow it from its original size.
- A new spring-loaded leather solo seat was installed.
- Short, flat sissy bar for the rear fender.
- Manufacture and installation of a new set of custom tailpipes.
- New headlight with built-in Vintage Indian Motorcycle brass coin.
- Engineered upper fork leg covers to create a muscular old school look for the front end.
- Installed sidemount (left side) Brat Style / Shi-Sa rear light and license plate holder
- The motorcycle was repainted in gloss black, with silver scallops on the tank and gold Indian script logo.
Everything about this bike screams cool. It’s just a wild machine and a work of art rolled into one, supplied by an old school artist of the motorcycle world. If I were in the Hollywood motion pictures, I would also hire someone like Go to build me a bike. But I’m not sure if I want a hardtail …