Red Moon, a Japanese leather company, created a replica motorcycle made completely of leather and wanted to donate it to Harley-Davidson. After several frustrating days trying to clear it through customs, five Japanese visitors and their gift finally made it to Milwaukee. Red Moon spokesman, Koki Kobari, said it took two years to complete this leather piece of art. He explained that the head of Red Moon owns a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and wanted the replica to be both an example of their work and a tribute to Harley-Davidson.
Measuring more than six feet in length, this bike is a detailed reproduction of an Evolution-powered chopper, faithful to the smallest detail. Every feature is made of leather, including the chain, fuel valve, gas and oil caps, as well as the spark plug boots. There is even a tool pouch with leather tools.
Don’t just read about the bike, see it for yourself at the Harley-Davidson Museum! While not on display among official exhibits, the leather chopper resides in the Archives’ open storage in recognition of Red Moon’s generosity. From the upper floor of the Museum, walk past the Tank Wall, down the hallway toward the elevator. Take a peek through the window on your right, beside the Explore Drawers. A hidden gem.