Japanese designer Chicara Nagata’s retro-futuristic motorbikes takes 8,000 hours to complete
Japanese designer who spent all his teenage time gazing at his friends’ motorcycles, and wanted to ride a custom motorcycle that was all his own, Chicara Nagata, is now the artist renowned for his extraordinary motorbikes, which are considered as stunning work of art. This graphic designer whose ambition to design and build his own machines was almost ruined when he met a near-fatal bike accident at the age of 16, has dedicated his life to an engine that almost killed him. As, Chicara now uses the details of the vintage engines to figure out a style that matches, and then beautifully finishes and blends it with as many as 500 components he manufactures himself. And, the combination of the classic engine with his distinctively-styled frames, drive trains, steering components and suspension systems give rise to creations that could be described as retro-futuristic or even near-futuristic. Now, Chicara’s latest three artistic machines named Chicara Art ONE, Art THREE, and Art FOUR, are being proudly showcased at the MB&F M.A.D Gallery in Geneva’s quaint Old Town neighborhood.
These incredible art pieces, most commonly known as motorbikes, are actually the result of an astounding number of almost 7,000 and 8,000 hours carried out by hand and meticulous craftsmanship.
Notably, the Chicara motorcycles, the meticulously elaborated mechanical pieces, are the result of Chicara’s lifelong dedication to designing, manufacturing and hand-assembling hundreds of aluminum, steel, copper brass, and chrome components to transform vintage motorcycle engines from 1939 to 1966 (Honda, Harley-Meguro) into singular works of mechanical art, the Chicara Art I, Art III, and Art IV.
Chicara Art I
This Japanese artist spent almost three years and 7,500 hours to craft his first bike, the Chicara Art One with 1939 U-Motor Harley Davidson engine, which is available for grabs at the M.A.D Gallery for about $398,100.
Chicara Art III
Created in 2008, the designer spent nearly 6000 hours on Chicara Art Three which resulted in 220 kg of metal and a 550 cc. power, which comes from its 1950 Meguro Racing Motor engine.
Chicara Art IV
The Chicara Art IV comes equipped with engine 1966 Honda Moped Motor, and weights less than 70 kgs and took Chicara 3500 hours to craft entirely.
Interestingly, Chicara defines his art as an expression of gratefulness to the people who donated their blood and worked to save his life, after he met a near-fatal accident.
The particularity of these bikes is that they are ride-able, but not legally on the road, only in a large garden of a circuit.
Besides, some of the other master art works at the MB&F M.A.D Gallery includes the handcrafted Machine Lights by Frank Buchwald, and the MB&F limited edition HM3 Poison Dart Frog watch tells time from a variety of angles without having to turn the wrist.