2008 Zero Engineering Chopper
Frame no. 1P9KRG7418L471140
Engine no. J01125
When Hollywood's call went out to populate billionaire industrialist Tony Stark's underground garage with ultra-cool vehicles for the 2008 movie Iron Man, it didn't take long to arrive at a Zero Engineering chopper as one of the motorcycles. Zero has been crafting its particular brand of low-sling, fat-tired customs for some time, starting in Japan in 1992 and making the move to Las Vegas in 2002.
This was no one-off movie prop, either. The bike seen on the silver screen is a standard Type 6 Samurai Chopper, just done up in a special paint scheme. It runs an S&S 93-cubic-inch (1,524cc) Shovelhead-style V-Twin, housed in a lowboy goose-necked frame built to Zero's specifications by the same outfit that constructs suspension components for Toyota. The tiny, artfully drawn aluminum gas tank was also built by a specialist in Japan. It holds just 1.6 gallons, but nobody buys a Zero for long-distance work. Newly constructed springer forks, shortened and modified to accept a disc brake, ride up front. A Baker six-speed gearbox gets the power to the rear wheel.
The Zero Type 6 on auction was commissioned as a replica of the Iron Man movie bike. In deference to his neighbors and the local constabulary, the owner decided on Zero's lightly muffled and inventively bent exhaust system, rather than the open headers of the cinematic version.