We’re excited to be exclusively unveiling Shinya Kimura’s latest artwork, this custom MV Agusta 750 S America. Before taking us for a canyon ride yesterday, Shinya took the time to wheel the MV outside so we could shoot it. It was the first time the bike had ever left his workbench. Photos: Grant Ray “This is for a famous Japanese singer,” Shinya tells us. The unnamed singer has houses in both LA and Tokyo, Shinya speculates that the bike will see use in America before being shipped off to Japan. “Basically, chassis is stock,” he continues. “I just cut the cross bar to make it removable for easy access to the cylinders and heads. Original MV Agusta is straight across, I had to remove it.” “I made all the side covers, seat and fairing from sheet metal, by mallet.” Shinya has an old English wheel in his tiny LA-area shop, but says he rarely uses it in favor of forming the metal bodywork by hand himself. He uses 1/8” thick aluminum sheet which is much thicker than normal, making it less pliable and harder to work on. That’s one of the reasons why the mallet marks remain a lasting testament to the artist’s hand on the bikes he creates.