2005 "Needle" 1957 Triumph TR6

Shinya Kimura’s 2005 “Needle” was on display at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours
d’Elegance in 2006, where it sat humbly in a display of extravagant, enormous customs from
then-dominant television star builders. Unlike the others, the “Needle” was built around an
unpolished vintage Triumph engine with a bricolage chassis assembled from blackened scraps
and metal oddments, with rustic, hand-hewn aluminum bodywork in strange shapes. Kimura’s
prescient and artistic aesthetic set the tone for the coming Alt.Custom generation.


COURTESY OF CHABOTT ENGINEERING