Shinya Kimura will participate in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Coast to Coast Run from September 10 to 26, 2010. During these last 5 years Shinya Kimura gained fame for his handcrafted motorcycles always featuring vintage or classic engines mounted in one-of-a-kind frames with intricate bodywork often requiring over 1000 of labor hours. Shinya decided to ride the vintage endurance run after being convinced by other participant, Bronze Artist Jeff Decker. He chose a 1915 stock model Indian because this particular bike has special meaning to him.
It was used by Japanese police forces and Shinya’s grandfather was among the first civilians there to be able to ride one. Like many other participants of the Motorcycle Cannonball, Shinya is working on restoring the motorcycle he will ride, applying his skills and artistic prowess on making again the 1915 Indian a reliable motorcycle. Engine has been removed from the frame and is undergoing a full rebuild. The Ohv V-twin engine displaces 1000cc and generates 15 hp, with a potential top speed of 55 mph. The wheelbase is 59 inches and the bike weighs 370 pounds. A few minor modifications are being been completed like installing a front brake, adding an auxiliary gas tank, and installing a map holder for the Motorcycle Cannonball daily directions. Work is done in his shop, Chabott Engineering in Azusa, CA. Shinya will ride his 1915 Indian with his long-time friend and great mechanic Yoshimasa Niimi by his side. He has no doubt he will be able to complete the race on time in Santa Monica on September 26.