All new 2022 Indian Chief by Bratstyle Go Takamine let's take a first look.

All new 2022 Indian Chief by Bratstyle Go Takamine let's take a first look. 

Being the creator of a genre is among the most influential things you can do. The Okinawa-born designer Go Takamine's "brat style" is named after his Tokyo store, Bratstyle. The hallmarks of brat-style motorcycles are simplicity and ruggedness. Major components on the donor bike are typically left alone because the devil is in the details. The brat-style builds look like they are ready for the zombie apocalypse.

For me, bike culture began in school. "Half of my class was bike crazy, which helped shape my life and direction", Takamine recalls. In the early days, I learned a lot from friends and my local bike shop. My style and shop developed from there. It's about things being simple and effective, but still feeling like a kid.

Takamine has since moved to California, keeping his Tokyo shop and opening a branch in Long Beach. Takamine has gone Hollywood with his latest build, a Bratstyle Indian Chief for actor Nicholas Hoult. Since 2011, you may know Hoult as Beast in the X-Men movies or as Nux in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road. He played J.R.R. Tolkien, Nikola Tesla, and J.D. Salinger. In the 2014 film Young Ones, Hoult's character Flem Lever learned to ride a motorcycle. He eventually acquired an Indian Scout.

Takamine collaborated with Indian Motorcycle Director of Product Design Ola Stenegärd. A friend of Takamine's, Stenegärd, showed Takamine sketches of the Indian Chief, which gave him an idea. The frame design was the first thing Takamine noticed. "I immediately saw the potential, which Ola had intended when he and his team designed the new Chief. “It fits so well with what I enjoy creating, that the seed was sown for this project.”

Takamine's Bratstyle Indian Chief has a short and narrow fuel tank with a custom paint job that highlights the Indian logo. The Indian logo appears again on the air filter, engine case, and side cover on the left side. On the right is a patinaed engraved engine case cover reading “Bratstyle Motorcycle, Long Beach, Calif. USA”. Also dominating the right side is a pair of upswept chromed reverse-megaphone Bratstyle-brand mufflers.

More is revealed as you look closer. The rear fender is from a 1937 Ford, and the Firestone ANS tires on wire-spoked wheels are reproductions. Brass is used for the handlebar riser, footpegs (which are embedded with Indian Head nickels), and the brake and shift lever pegs. This hardtail's thin leather seat is conspicuously sprung, reinforcing its hardtail appearance. The fork covers and belt-drive cover are hand-formed sheet metal. Also, don't miss the repositioned speedometer mounted below the tank. Takamine reports that the Bratstyle Indian Chief is more fun to ride than the stocker because of its lighter weight and more power. Rather than ruining the operating experience, this custom enhances it.

"It's my baby," Takamine admits, "but the reaction I get when I hand over the bike is the most important thing." In this case, Hoult simply said, "Whoa." We agree.

All new 2022 Indian Chief by Bratstyle Go Takamine let's take a first look. 

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