Below is a selection of motorcycles we had fun to customise and brought to life. Some are ready-to-ride bikes. However most of the bikes we create are custom-built for a particular customer.
YAMAHA SR400 urban flat track
When our customer Benjamin came to the workshop for the first time with his bike, we took the necessary time to know him better. He told us he would use the bike mainly for his daily rides in Brussels to commute from home to his work at the European Commission. He wanted the outlooks to be classic and elegant, and the use to be easy to ride on, and with a straight driving position. He also specified he wanted the custom to be subtle, not too flashy and matching his personality.
We spend a few hours in the workshop in order to disassemble some superfluous parts to see what potential was hidden behind his bike. After hours of discussion about style and possibilities for the project, we got into the vibe of his dream bike and we knew the exact outlook of how the bike should look like. We realized that a project inspired by the 60s' flat track racing motorcycles keeping an 'urban' spirit would best fit his personality and also perfectly match our DNA.
The only extra request that came out of the discussion and that we had to bare in mind during the project was to be able to create a removable extra seat as our client like to take his wife or kid for a ride during the weekend.
For this TOMA#18 project, we already knew very well our customer Bruno and his wishes for customization has it is actually the second bike we build for him. We knew he would want to go for a quite minimalist, sober and neat project with a rather road / city use. When he came to the workshop to discuss his new project, he added that for this specific project he wanted something radical and unique.
So we went together to get a good coffee in the pub next to the workshop to discuss about the project and quickly we agreed on a concept of a urban version of the Superhooligan motorcycles based on a Honda FMX650.
Regarding the modifications, we wanted to play with the general line of the bike, so we decided to replace the original tank by a smaller one and align / shorten the rear part of the frame. We cut and welded a shorter frame loop and replaced the original huge saddle by a custom seat base that we then sewed by our workshop. The finish and covering of the saddle is in Alcantara leather. Replacing the handlebar also helped work on the line of the bike.
For TOMA#17 project, the client came with a BMW R80rt from 1986 that wasn’t in really good shape. The bike stayed most of the time in a garage and has not been ridden for several months or even years. He wanted to give it a second life.
The briefing was not exhaustive but the client insisted that he likes materials that have been worked by hand, which tends rather to a retro look. He also specified he wanted a custom bike like no other, and that the seat had to be brown color.
Regarding the modifications, we wanted to play with the general line of the bike, so we decided to change the alignment of the original tank and align / shorten the rear part of the frame. We cut and welded a shorter subframe and replaced the original huge saddle by a custom seat base that we then sewed by our workshop. For the design and creation of our subframe and saddle we had as an idea to build a support between the seat and subframe that would give the impression that the saddle flies because this motorcycle really inspired freedom of riding to us.
This custom TOMA#01 is a special bike. We decided to start from the BMW K1100 frame and engine, not really popular for custom projects. We set ourselves the challenge to make it as beautiful and unique as the popular BMW Boxers custom bikes.
This was quite a challenge, given the original frame and equipment’s of the K1100 model. So we decide to go for a completely different scrambler look. After dismantling the bike, we added new trail tires, changed the handlebar and seat, added minimal turn signals and rear light. In the front we removed the fairing and replaced it by a more aesthetic front light and an original yellow side light to give it a nice retro touch.
On this TOMA#15 project, the client first idea was to turn a Yamaha XT 600 into a light scrambler for weekend rides on small roads, paths and in the woods. He wanted the outlooks to be fun and elegant, and the use to be easy to ride on, resistant and relatively performant. He also specified he wanted the tank to have a significant autonomy so he could make trips of several hours/days in the woods without having to refuel too often.
After several tests and researches, we found a Kawazaki 500 tank that would do the trick. Once the tank was in place, we shortened the rear part of the frame and started to work on the design and creation of our saddle. We also raised the handlebars to allow a stand-up position while off road riding. We adapted a front mudguard and a tailor-made rear fender in a retro spirit. After all this was done, we decided on the exact color with our costumer and went for a vintage white to give a retro look to the bike.
The bespoke exhaust line is covered with an exhaust wrap to give the bike a ruff touch. All the electronics components have been replaced by new and more minimalist elements (headlight, indicatorlights, taillights, electronic speedometer, lithium battery).
We have also mounted enduro tires that allow comfortable road use.
This custom TOMA#12 is a special bike made in collaboration with Jean-Michel Martin, Belgian racing driver. The design and colors of the bike were inspired by modern BMW M Performance cars while we also wanted to keep a general retro touch to the bike that was built in 1993 (model BMW k1100lt).
Full story about the bike on Bikebound and Manclub.
For TOMA#11 project, our customer Gregory wanted a motorcycle that is easy to ride in town but also allowed him to go off road in the countryside. He wanted a motorcycle of small capacity, easy to ride and with strong personality.
After several meetings to understand the customer's desires, we made several transformation proposals, and finally agreed on the Suzuki vanvan125 project. After that, the client gave us "carte blanche".
When the bike arrived at the workshop, we directly remove a lot of parts in order to only keep the frame, engine and wheels. That way we could analyse and imagine the general line that we wanted to give to the bike. At that time, we had to finish 2 other projects, so we let the bike naked for few days and let us the necessary time to imagine the final project in our head and by testing several combination of tank, saddle and parts. We modified the muffler to get it under the bike, lowered the handlebars and removed any original accessories that were superfluous. All electronic components have been modified to make the motorcycle more modern and minimalist and we tailored front and rear mudguard as well as add side covers.
The donor bike for this TOMA#08 tracker project is a Honda NX650 Dominator.
The first step was to dismantle the bike to analyze the lines. Then we shortened the rear frame and fitted a new tank from an old Honda 125. We cleaned the space under the seat and built a battery box. We spent a lot of hours on the electric part to hide cables. We also built a custom seat. In the front we removed the fairing and replaced it by a more aesthetic front headlight and added minimal turn signals and rear light.
The donor bike for this TOMA#13 tracker project is a Honda CX500.
List of main modifications on the bike includes: new custom seat and shortened rear frame, trail tires, cleaning the space under the seat and build a battery box, new exhausts, front headlight and minimal turn signals.