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28 Jun, 2010

Shinya Kimura – motorcycle builder

Posted by: Dave In: Design |DIY |Motorcycle |Philosophy |Video

video link (via Hell for Leather)

Shinya Kimura started building custom motorcycles from the ground up in Japan. He doesn’t plan anything. He just starts cutting metal. The quote that gets me is this one:

“It feels nothing like how violent it looks from the outside. It’s very serene. The ground and the sky are so white there is no boundary between them. I have never flown, but it feels like flying an airplane using a reciprocating engine. I can’t tell you how peaceful it is.” – Shinya Kimura

Having been riding motorcycles for a year now, this is the quote that sticks with me. Riding a motorcycle is one of the most peaceful things I have ever experienced.

It’s funny how the perception of a motorcycle is usually a loud and obnoxious machine, but riding one is just the opposite. Very zen I suppose…

– Dave

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