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1957 TRIUMPH NEEDLE Shinya Kimura of Zero Engineering – Chabot

The Needle is Shinya’s two-wheeled case study wrapped around a ’57 650cc Triumph engine. It’s stripped to the hilt style shows what can be done when the chopper rulebook is burned at the stake. Shinya built the needle as an experiment in design and as a way to test his own theories and further push his own beliefs of how bikes could be built and ridden. Since this bike was more of a design exercise Shinya could free his mind and put more emphasis on designing than riding, which he has never really done before. Read more:

Built In: U.S.A.Bike Style: Drag Racers

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 1957 Triumph Needle Bike Specifications – Shinya Kimura of Zero Engineering – Chabot

Class Styling Drag Racers
Frame Custom One Off Frame
Gastank Custom One Off Gastank
Handlebars / Risers Custom One Off HandlebarsDrag / Straight Bars
Motor Brand Triumph
Motor Config In-line 2
Motor Size (metric) 0650cc
Paint Color(s) Bare Metal
Seat Leather / Handtooled
Suspension Front Conventional – Standard
Suspension Rear Rigid / Hardtail
Wheels Moon DiskStandard 40-80 spokes