Legislated heavily in favor of Taiwan’s incessant amount of mopeds and scooters, motorcycles with displacement more than 250cc were illegal till a few years ago. Even then, the archaic rules that currently regulate the motorcycle market, still ban customized motorcycles. This is where the Iron Guerilla (spelled with one “r”) by ROUGH CRAFTS helps to facilitate the debate and address the backward nature of these rules.
Created by ROUGH CRAFTS’ owner Winston Yeh, who’s a motorcycle enthusiast and trained industrial designer, the Iron Guerilla utilized a 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 as its base. Then, by working around all the legal loopholes, Yeh and his team were able to re-crafted every components in a matte-black color scheme. While the bike still have the original silhouette in appearance from afar (to satisfy regulations), Yeh actually cropped the front to shorten its overall length. Yeh also added ROUGH CRAFTS’ own exhaust system, tank, fenders, seat, and nearly everything else except the engine. A statement of defiance against “stupid rules”, the Iron Guerilla is also a showcase of Taiwan’s budding chopper culture.