Ride on, Kimura

Shinya Kimura: Motorcycle Mechanic

This film, directed by Danielle Levitt, paints a portrait of Shinya Kimura, a self-described motorcycle mechanic. But strip away the layers of humility and you’ll see that he’s more accurately described as a motorcycle artist — or maybe a philosopher. Since 1992, Kimura has been building and racing custom bikes, first from his shop in Okazaki, Japan, and then from Azusa, California. In his designs, he often incorporates the concepts of wabi sabi (austere refinement) and wa (harmony), producing bikes dominated by bare metal. You’ll find yourself wanting one as he describes the reason he rides: “Running with your legs has limited speed.” Right on, Kimura. Ride on.