Our friends from Brussels based Toma customs are regular guests on our pages. They just continue to produce nice bikes. We kindly present you ‘TOMA#18’!
Know your customer
Normally they really dig deep to find out every detail regarding the vision of the client and what he or she has in mind. This opens a wealth of opportunities and directs the builders in the right direction.
However, in the case of this Honda FMX650 the crewmembers already knew their customer quite well and his wishes for customization. As a recurring customer he had previously ordered a project also based on a Honda, but with a smaller engine.
Quite aware of his specific desires and taste from our past project with 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.
Toma’s owner Thomas Jeukens explains: “We agreed on a concept of a urban version of the Superhooligan motorcycles. We then just had to find the right base to start the project. After some research we found that the Honda FMX 650 was the ideal base for his project, easy to find second hand and with its stock inverted fork and 17 ” wheels. We were on the same wavelength for the project and Bruno (the client-editor) trusted us, so he got a Honda FMX which would serve as the project base without even having defined all the details of the project, only the budget range was set.”
The Toma team completely dismantled the bike to keep only the wheels, the frame and the engine. From there on they “imagined everything together” as they put it.
Their client was continuously involved in the project and dropped by regularly. It allowed Thomas and his crew to show him the steps at each key stage of the project: the type of tank, different handlebars, headlight, side covers, exhaust etcetera. The seat was a important feature for which he even came back three times to try out the position and the adjustments of the foam so it fitted his posture perfectly before the alcantara leather was sewn onto it.
Setting it up just right
Regarding the modifications, Toma wanted to play with the general line of the bike, so they decided to replace the original tank with a smaller version and align / shorten the rear part of the frame.
They cut and welded a shorter frame loop and replaced the original (huge) saddle by a custom seat pan. The leather was sewn on in their own workshop. Replacing the handlebars also helped work on the outline of the bike.
All electronic components have been replaced by new and more minimalist elements (led indicator lights, speedometer) to give the bike a more contemporary look. “We also built a new electricity box, bespoke side covers, bespoke exhaust header with Supertrapp silencer” Thomas points out.
“but it did not stop there” he adds with a grin.
“In the front we removed the fairing and replaced it by a tiny led headlight and an aluminium endurance plate to give the bike a more radical look. The colour of the tank is the original one but we applied a matt varnish coat to add bite to the design”. All their client needed to do was fill the gastank and he was ready to roll!
List of modifications
• modification/shortening rear part of the frame
• bespoke exhaust header with Supertrapp silencer.
• replace tank
• bespoke side covers
• aluminium endurance plate
• tiny led headlight
• new set of led indicator lights
• new handlebars
• bespoke seat with alcantara leather
• bespoke electricity box under the seat
• new speedometer
• removing a lot of original accessories that were expendable
Workshop : TOMA CUSTOMS (owner: Thomas Jeukens)
Location : Brussels, Belgium
Website Toma Customs
Instagram : tomacustoms
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Other: +32 479351638
Pictures : Olivier Truyman