August 31, 2010 9:07 AM   Subscribe

Shinya Kimura likes motorcycles. (A short film about a custom motorcycle engineer.)
posted by dobbs (11 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Very nice... thanks..

Well edited, great images.

/now I'm going to go ride
posted by HuronBob at 9:23 AM on August 31, 2010

I cannot see it for some reason, I see the web page, but video is a blank rectangle. Anyone hazard a guess why?
posted by sfts2 at 10:51 AM on August 31, 2010

heh. I'm reading Matthew Crawford's treatise on the glory and the pay of manual labours (mefi's gone around on it here, here and finally reached its limit here) and so this sort of video is like pure brain candy.

sfts2: its flash, so you'll need a recent version of something that can play it.
posted by zenon at 2:06 PM on August 31, 2010

Most beautifuly ugly bike I've seen. From a poet mechanic. Sounds like a facinating guy.

Great find.
posted by anti social order at 5:46 PM on August 31, 2010

This is so good.
posted by basicchannel at 6:01 PM on August 31, 2010

Needs more shots of the bike(s).
posted by popechunk at 8:38 PM on August 31, 2010

Now that my curiosity is up here is what I found:

The bike in the video likely the one he calls "spike", and if wiki is to believed, is likely one of many built from a pre-1984 HD that Shinya Kimura favors. His style is called wabi sabi (austere refinement), and he's recently moved to Cali with the aim of making art.

His blog is suprisingly well done, and he's all ready got the art angle down with a flash heavy website which has many more pics here.
posted by zenon at 3:59 PM on September 1, 2010

I really don't think his style is called wabi sabi. But the bikes are great.
posted by sneebler at 9:02 PM on September 1, 2010

thank you for this
posted by Shike at 4:00 AM on September 2, 2010

I put that wrong - it was his wiki page claiming his inspiration was wabi sabi, his particular style is called "Zero" style. I picked up on the wabi sabi because I find it to be a really fascinating idea, and I think it does fit Kimura aesthetic.
posted by zenon at 1:25 PM on September 2, 2010

More pictures of him 'n his bike here.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:49 AM on September 5, 2010

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