2017 "Sleeper" 1914 Excelsior Twin
If one person represents the origin point of the Alt.Custom movement, it must be Shinya
Kimura. Working since 1992 in Japan with Zero Engineering, Kimura developed a highly
personal chopper aesthetic that became known as “Zero style.” All of his work includes his
distinctive style of bodywork of hand-hammered aluminum, but the “Sleeper” also incorporates
a totally custom-fabricated frame that is built around a vintage motor. In this respect, both the
“Sleeper” and “Needle” are especially unusual in Kimura’s artistic oeuvre.
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