Focus: Hide Moto


The impact of Japanese builders on the vintage/custom motorcycle culture cannot be denied. Like it or not, our friends from the rising sun have a unique style that is all at once familiar and brand new each time another machine is created. From the SR's of Brat Style to the art bikes and salt racers of Shinya Kimura, Japanese builders set a high standard for quality and individualized innovation.


Intrepid European photographer, ChopCult member and motorcycle addict Marco Donati sent these images from a recent trip to Japan, so we all get a chance to soak up the rich details in Hideya Togashi's shop called Hide Motorcycles. Thanks for sharing, Marco.

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Commented on 2-17-2010 At 06:17 am

details, details, details. The Japanese are cranking out some meticulous rides.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 06:27 am

Friggin LOVE those wheel covers, looks fucking MEAN!! Great shots!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 06:43 am

The Japanese builders are killing it! I love their bikes- Shinya is one of my all time favorites!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 06:56 am

everything japanese is from the future

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 07:06 am

i freakin love em.
radical feature!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 07:09 am

lots of innovation there....

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 07:27 am

that "glory" buell is one of the sickest bikes i've ever seen.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 07:54 am

Thats innovation right on!
Those great rear-tires and wheels are top-notch thinkin'!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 08:12 am

Awesome article and fantastic photos. Japan has got it going on and has for some time now! I gotta get out there and check out their underground subculture.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 09:01 am

i love the stuff coming out of japan. im not big on the vintage car tires on bike but they do look cool!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 09:19 am

I've been waiting for a feature on Hide and this one is great. Love that Buell cafe "Glory" and the Modchoppers. Get us some more pictures!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 09:25 am

Hide Mo is absolutely one of my favorite sources of inspiration.
I've been following their progress for years. Great Stuff!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 12:05 pm

Those Z Bars are killer!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 12:15 pm

this man is a genius!!!
the rear wheels are killer!

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 01:51 pm

When there are no indigenous traditions or pre-defined DNA you are truly free to create. It's comforting to know that good style and impeccable execution is a common language. Hats off to the builders with "an eye" from the far east and beyond.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 02:22 pm

you guys need to check out the shit hide has on you tube, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, watch the video. KA BOOM.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 02:36 pm

That early Sporty is is my new favorite bike.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 04:11 pm

in case anyone was wondering Hideya Togashi is the man behind hidemo. not sure why that wasn't mentioned, it would seem more important in an article about hidemo than name-dropping shinya.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 04:42 pm

Good point Onigoroshi. I didn't get that info from the photographer, but it has been included now.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 05:40 pm

Killer stuff, love the rear wheels

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 06:33 pm

one cool thing about hidemo is that it's a mom n' pop business: hideya does the bike building and his wife does administrative tasks as well as their web/graphic/video design and marketing.

Commented on 2-17-2010 At 07:00 pm

I just went to their web site....DAMN some wild bikes!

Commented on 2-18-2010 At 07:59 am

I'm speechless...

Commented on 2-18-2010 At 10:21 am

that knick knack chop has been on my radar for a min.... soooooo sick. it has the perfect stance. and the fact that is running two rear head on the dual carb set up gets me way stoked!!!!

Commented on 2-18-2010 At 12:23 pm

The old bias ply car tire on the back of that bike is super sketchy but rad at the same time lol. thats one bike i wouldnt ride in the rain

Commented on 2-18-2010 At 04:22 pm

in my opinion, the fellas in the far east are pumping out the best bikes right now. i personally love the blending of the cafe and chopper. saw a ton of photos from the cool breakers show in 09 and had a smile from ear to ear from all that eye candy.

Commented on 3-8-2010 At 07:47 pm

I've been watching Hide for a while now. Everything seems to just gel. A real sense of style that honors the machine. Hide is one of the few builders that you hardly even notice or care what the bike is, it all seems to go so seamless and perfect.

The only other guys I've seen really getting to this level of abstraction beyond brand are Deus in Australia.

Well, then again, I don't get out much

~Rev Mike

Commented on 3-9-2010 At 05:21 pm

love that pontiac hub cap.sweet style.

Commented on 8-30-2010 At 01:00 am

I love the irony here . . .

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 10:55 am

Sick flat track Buell

Commented on 10-24-2011 At 10:08 pm

Most of these bikes could get anyone into motorcycles.

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 01:59 pm

super crazy how close those rear cowls are to the wheel

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