Last night I received this mysterious email from renowned motorcycle builder/artist Chicara Nagata.
Subject line: “Security camera!?!?” Just that subject line and an attachment. Uh, okay. So I opened it…low and behold I see it’s a Sony/Honda hybrid of a HD security camera and vintage motorcycle…I had to pick up my jaw off the floor.
In my line of work, it’s best to never question the motive of a true artist – I just let the art flow over me.
Received an email today from Chicara on the background behind this build:
Last year, there came to me a request from a security equipment manufacturer to create a surveillance camera for them. The president of the company wanted a security equipment such that has never been seen in the past and everything was for me to decide – from idea generation, designing, to a working-model manufacturing.
The dead line had been set on the 3rd of March, prior to SECURITY SHOW, which is Japan’s largest comprehensive exhibition of security and safety industry and the exhibition took place this year at Tokyo Big Site from the 4th through the 7th of March.
As soon as I accepted the request, I tried to come up with any novel idea about a security camera but in vain. My own image about ordinary security camera kept me from having bold and free imagination. Security cameras are usually installed at the ceiling or embedded in walls and they are quiet and unrecognized by passengers.
How about a security camera which can’t be ignored? I then tried to imagine the shape of a mounting bracket for the body of a camera. What kind of object; shape, color, the way to be installed do I really really want?
What nobody creates but me is the one which has tires and an engine! I would like it for real riding! The motorcycle security camera came into the world this way. I was very thrilled with this idea and the excitement made me create it original as a security camera and unique as a motorcycle.
This work is suitable to be installed in museums, entry hall of a building, hotel lobby and stores, etc. Of course, this can run swiftly in town!
I am really grateful that Mr. Kaku of Japan Security System Co., Ltd gave me this exciting opportunity.
Engine Year: 1966 Little Honda P25
Engine : 4 cycles OHC Cylinders:49cc
Maximum Torque: 0.25kgm/2500rpm
Maximum Speed: 30km/h
Carburator: Yoshimura-MJN24 Downdraft carburetor
Suspension:F/Leading bottom link-R/Swing Arm
Front & Rear Wheel: Classic Rim/23”
Front & Rear Tire: Classic Tire/23″
Four Eyes Camera:
FULL HD IR AUTOFOCUS CAMERA
Image Sensor: SONY 1/2.8″ 2 Megapixel CMOS
Total Pixels: 1920×1080pixel
Video Resolution: 2MP
Viewing Angle: horizontal:20.8~75.4 vertical:15.7~54.9
IR Effective Distance: Up to 30m (up to 50m indoor use)
Operating Temp: -10°C~+50°C
Min. illumination: 0.01Lux (LED ON : 0 LUX)
Lens:f=3.5~16mm Dimensions: 2100(w)×800(h)×350(d)mm
Power/Current: DC12V/170mA(LED ON 400mA)
Something I wrote last year about Chicara:
Chicara is one of those true mad-scientist of the custom motorcycle world. It’s as if one day Willy Wonka decided he hated all things candy, closes up shop, and walks away. But he still needs that creative fix, so he looks around, and decides to modify a 1939 Harley-Davidson – something he’s never attempted before. He then toils for several thousand hours on this build, learning along the way. His modified Harley wins the 2006 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in its class.
Seriously, who pulls this kind of outrageous stunt, and nails it on his first try?
Oh that’s right…the man is a mad-scientist. And luckily, not of the evil variety.
Related: A recent build from Chicara: HARLEY-DAVIDSON KH1954 GENERAL CHICARA ART5C