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Return of the Cafe Racers - Shinya Kimura Triumph Cafe Racer

Shinya Kimura Triumph Cafe Racer

Shinya Kimura is another outstanding custom bike builder to come out of Japan with a focus on the artistic side of custom motorcycle building. Although he isn't afraid to get out on the salt flats to see what his works of art are capable of. His workshop is called Chabott Engineering and…


Shinya Kimura is another outstanding custom bike builder to come out of Japan with a focus on the artistic side of custom motorcycle building. Although he isn’t afraid to get out on the salt flats to see what his works of art are capable of.

His workshop is called Chabott Engineering and here’s a snippet of history…

“Shinya Kimura, formerly known as the founder of “ZERO”, has launched his own motor & art shop called “Chabott engineering” in the city of Azusa, California in 2006. In his 23 year career in the motorcycle industry, Shinya started his own small repair shop named Chabott in 1992, a year before he started ZERO in Japan. Chabott means “bantam rooster” in Japanese and, to Shinya, it means “back to basics”. With the rebirth of Chabott engineering under Shinya’s direction, Shinya will continue his exploration of metal and rubber in new and different ways — not merely building custom bikes — but creating functional art by infusing his philosophy and aesthetic values into his sculpturally unique and rolling designs.”

This Triumph “Cafe Racer” is my favorite of his displayed works. Every part of the bike has been modified or customised from the drilled controls to the off centre stop light, to the beautifully crafted, cross stitched seat and tank mounted tool bag.


It’s likely you will never see another Triumph customised in this way. Truly stunning.

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