The Japanese patience and hard work has been famous all across the world for a long time now. But Chicara Nagata sure took it to new lengths by spending 7,500 hand-crafting a mobike. Totally worth the effort, the breathtaking bike is no less than a work of art. Probably that is why three of them are featured in an exhibit at New York’s Ippodo Gallery and the Contemporary Asian Art Fair.
Nagata’s awar-winning motocycles have almost become legends. And the irony is, the man spends every waking minute to build machines that almost killed him when he was 16. So Nagata, whose name means ‘power’, decided to honour those who had died in the horrible accident by creating art.
Thus was born a graphic designer who soon took on to become a mobike builder. When most motocycle builders do little more than open a catalog to order things to be boted together, Nagata hand-crafts everything but the drivetrains. Believe it or not but the frames, the suspension components and even the throttle assemblies and hand controls are designed and made by Nagata.
Having built 13 bikes so far, the 46 year old Nagata won the grand prize in 2006 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building For Chicara Art I, a sleek retro-ride powered by a 1939 Harley-Davidson U motor.
The three bikes at Ippodo gallery are priced at $ 1 million each.