Riding across the country on a 1915 Indian as part of the Motorcycle Cannonball, a modern satellite navigation system wouldn’t just be out of place, it’d be against the rules. So Shinya Kimura, a motorcycle builder that re-imagines the past’s future to create his own custom bike reality, cooked up this simple navigation device and mounted it on his handlebars.
Along the same ideas as a modern road book — a spool of paper connected to the odometer that spins as you rack up mileage, common in The Dakar and other rallies — Shinya assembled this device out of an old first aid kit and a couple of dowels.
Every morning, he tapes together sheets of paper with the day’s directions on them, then wraps those sheets around the spools. Spinning the end of the dowels where they poke out of the metal box progresses the direction.
The Cannonball rules do allow for an odometer, so comparing the mileage on the paper to that on the bike keeps him on course.