As a youth full of energy, he had been into BMX for as long as he can remember. He later became aware of choppers and has since been enjoying his days on a custom bike that reflects his sense of aesthetics. If he were in Southern California, this wouldn’t be anything unusual, but in Japan, among up-and-coming actors who are making a name for themselves on TV and in film, he is the only one living such a wild life. Here, the actor Shuhei Nomura offers a monologue about the chopper that is near and dear to his heart.
The Born-Free bikes that three top builders representing Japan put their souls into crafting At Born-Free 14, which was held from June 24-25, 3 builders representing Japan exhibited as Invited Builders.
Coronavirus-related restrictions had been lifted, and seeing it as one of the opportunities to go since 2014, when 7 Japanese builders exhibited at the event, many Japanese visitors were part of the audience at Center Court at Oak Canyon Ranch. Gaku Yokomizo, Ryo Yamada, and Toshiyuki Osawa were those three builders, and in this feature, we take a look at the BF14 bikes these masters leading the custom world poured their hearts and souls into creating.
The stage of one’s dreams, set in an old town that once had thriving silver mines Nevada lies next to California to the east, and in addition to Las Vegas, America’s leading casino town, Nevada is also known for the dry wilderness of the massive deserts covering over half of the state. Close to Lake Tahoe, which sits on the California-Nevada border, is the town of Virginia City, Nevada, home to one of the hottest custom shows, which we report on here for the first time.
Kanazawa is famous as the site of Chirihama Sandflats, known among motorcycle freaks throughout the world as holy ground for beach racing. And the city beneath the castle, a place with a rich history as the seat of the Kaga Domain, has another face—as a “chopper city.”