Saturday, May 4 marked the 5th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California. With such a diverse collection of historical, rare and outrageous motorcycles, the Quail is an event we thoroughly enjoyed attending last year. To commemorate the occasion, this year’s guest of honor was none other than three-time 500cc Grand Prix world champion, and […]
Shinya Kimura: The Man Behind The Motorcycles
If you’re at all into the custom motorcycle scene, then you know the name Shinya Kimura. The Tokyo-born custom motorcycle builder has created some spectacular machines unlike virtually everything else out there. While the bikes surely are unique, if you want to know what makes a man like this tick, watch the video above.
As he states in the video, Kimura has been around engines since he was a child in his father’s downtown Tokyo shop. It’s particularly interesting to hear Kimura doesn’t like to categorize his work, or himself, into any specific niche, instead preferring to let others worry about such classifications.
Motorcycles affect individuals in many different ways, and often we don’t get to know the men and women behind some of our favorite builds. From this video, it’s clear the passion shines bright for Shinya Kimura, and his free-form designs, in a way, reflect who he is as a person.