Personable and charming, Japanese born motorcycle builder Shinya Kimura is Motorcycle Cannonball’s rider #80. Like so many of the Cannonball riders, Shinya has been working hard to ready his motorcycle for the 3,325-mile trip through 11 States that is scheduled for September 10, 2010. Shown here with his best friend and co-rider, Yoshimasa Nimi, the 1915 Indian twin is taking shape.
For Shinya, this motorcycle is especially significant since his grandfather rode a similar bike in the 1920s. Used by Japanese police forces during the time when few civilians had such an opportunity, his grandfather appreciated his good fortune and Kimura grew up hearing the stories about his experiences with the motorcycle. Now, Kimura believes he will always ride with his grandfather’s spirit. Shinya will have tales of his own to share with future generations.
Kimura particularly loves rides through the countryside and meeting other motor heads like himself. When first hearing of the Motorcycle Cannonball, he says he thought it was crazy. “I didn’t know there were so many crazy motorcycle people like me. I want to meet more of them,” he says as he eagerly prepares to meet his fellow riders in Kitty Hawk, NC.
Kimura was the last entrant to sign up, and hopes to be there to roll onto the Santa Monica pier with all his new found friends. “For me, it’s just a simple ride home,” says the California resident.