Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway.
A ride through Tokyo with Joy Lewis.
Tokyo is justifiably touted as the secret capital of the world. That’s because the megacity has much more to offer than temples and tamagotchi. Vintage lover Joy Lewis hits the streets of Japan on her R nineT Racer. Her tour takes in garishly lit skyscrapers, urban motorways and narrow alleyways as she discovers the sights of this lifestyle metropolis and meets Tokyo’s renowned customizers and vintage racers.
The vintage world of Daisuke Mukasa.
The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
The R nineT Racer is reawakening the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening.