This custom Harley-Davidson Street Glide is an etched metal vision

“Don’t scratch the paint” is usually both a warning and a nightmare for bike owners (and OK, car owners too). Scraping, when carefully controlled and done in a very specific pattern, becomes engraving. In the hands of Japanese Rohan Izawa Art Design and absolute master Takehiko Izawa, complex shapes take shape, in what the Izawa team calls IZ Metal.

The stunning custom Harley-Davidson Street Glide you see in front of you was unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022. Japanese bagger customization specialists Iron Paddock first heavily customized the bike, then took it to Rohan Izawa Art Design to create their breathtaking IZ Metal finish.

As you will see in the video, the burning process is as complex and precise as expected. First, of course, there’s a lot of masking to determine exactly how the design will look on the various body parts. Next, Izawa begins the engraving process with power tools. It’s a painstaking process that almost feels like slow, painstaking sculpting of clay, except, of course, it’s metal. Watching this work is simply breathtaking.

If your automotive interests extend to custom cars and don’t just stay in the motorcycle realm, you might have seen Rohan Izawa’s jaw-dropping IZ Metal paint job before – on a 1958 Chevrolet Impala. who appeared at SEMA before the pandemic. In fact, that same Impala also appeared alongside this new Harley-Davidson Street Glide at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022, as you can see in the photos.

The two etched designs are arranged like irezumi tattoos, only etched in metal instead of ink pressed into the skin. The work is then completely protected at the end with a combination of multi-coat paint and clearcoat, to preserve all the intricate beauty for years to come. It’s one of Rohan Izawa Art Designs’ calling cards, this process, and it’s something interested parties could potentially request for their own custom projects.

We posted Rohan’s short video overview of the overall IZ Metal paint process applied to this bike, but there’s also a longer video on their YouTube channel, if you want a longer look at how they work. Although the text and speech are in Japanese, even non-speakers should get the most out of just watching the process and seeing how everything goes.

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