Shinya Kimura

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Written by: Justin Fox

Shinya Kimura is a Japanese born custom bike builder that builds 2 wheeled art, famous for founding the “zero-style” movement. He runs his own shop, Chabott Engineering out of Azusa California.

Zero-style – A zero-style bike is typically based around a rigid gooseneck, a pre-1984 Harley Davidson engine, springer front end, spoked wheels and often includes parts of the bike remaining in bare metal. The inspiration came from ‘wabi sabi’ (austere refinement) and the beauty of the raw materials and incorporating the essence of ‘wa’ (harmony) into his designs (Shinya doesn’t draw by the way, it’s all in his head!).

Shinya and his crew were also known for putting their work to the test by participating in different vintage race series with their motorcycles. When you google his name when searching for images, it’s evident he’s into the ride as much as the build.


The Needle.

Shinya riding The Needle.

Shinya spotted by Linhbergh at Bonneville Speedweek last month.

Living Legend.

The video below was produced for Chabott Engineering by director Henrik Hansen and director of photography Adam Richards. It went viral for all the right reasons and was a top 5 finalist in the 2010 Vimeo Awards. Chances are you’ve seen it, if you’re anything like me you’ll watch it again (and again and again).


About the Author

Justin Fox
I like to create things. I’m into everything Cars, Bikes and Design. In the 80′s I was into skating, mountain biking, and metal. I’ve worked for myself for over a decade. I’m the founder of Australian INfront, JDM Style Tuning and



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  1. Sean

    This is mechanical purity, Shinya is a modern artist that appeals to anyone who has wield a spanner.

  2. this is the art of motorcycles ….. get rock forever shinya

  3. diane patracuola

    Love the engineering, the visuals and how he puts things together

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