Two weeks ago we’ve posted this cool little Suzuki by Toma Customs from Brussels (Belgium) and we already got a new submission from them. This time they took a Yamaha XT600 as a base bike for a cool scrambler. Words by Thomas Jeukens, owner of Toma Customs:
When we start a project we first want to hear about the clients’ wishes and transformation ideas. Thus, it is a great opportunity for us to get to know our client and enables us to visualize what his dream bike would look like.
On this 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 a few meetings, thinking and sharing ideas we got into the vibe of his dream bike and we knew the exact outlook of how the bike should look like. This is an amazing feeling you know, when you see you went beyond your client’s expectations and ideas. After that, we just know we have to make this a dream come true.
The first thing we had to bare in mind where three main aspects:
- Creating a very high seat height as our client is really tall.
- Finding a gaz tank big/high enough
- Absolute comfort for 2 while off road driving
The first thing we went looking for was the gas tank. So, after several tests and researches, we found a tank of Kawazaki 500 that would do the trick. But, as on this XT600 model, the oil tank is integrated in the frame under the gas tank, it was thus necessary to rework the Kawasaki 500 gas tank so that it fits to the frame with new fasteners that we created.
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. At the request of the customer we integrated gel in the seat foam to allow him to ride hours off road in absolute comfort. The finish and covering is in Alcantara leather.
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, indicator lights, tail lights, electronic speedometer, lithium battery)
We have also mounted enduro tires that allow comfortable road use.
List of modifications
- modification/shorten of the rear part of the frame
- bespoke front and rear mudguard
- bespoke exhaust line
- adapted a Kawasaki 500 tank
- retro headlight
- new set of indicatorlights
- new flat/higher handelbars
- bespoke seat with alcantara leather
- bespoke battery box under the seat
- Daytona speedometer
- removed a lot of original accessories that were superfluous