Bikes of the Month – May 2019

We decided to share with you, each month, bikes we particularly love and the men behind these builds. Not necessary the very last build – it could be, but the bikes we would love having in our garage to ride with. You may have seen some of them already, but perhaps you don’t know who was behind the build…

Here are the bikes we want to share with you this month:

2018 BMW R NineT Scrambler
Hookie Co. – DE

4 months

”To build a conversion kit for a complete stock R NineT. Which looks more classy and give you
the opportunity to change the design really quick.”
Nico
What was your first bike?

A 1978 Yamaha XS659

Your preferred stock bike (actual or old)? why?

Actually for clients I prefer actual stock bikes. The reason is the reliability and also a safety aspect. Most of our clients has no experience with old bikes or mechanic.

Something funny / amazing / strange / epic experienced and related to a motorcycle?

Its always the ground … After 12 years of wrenching on motorbikes I learn that. If you have any electrical issues on your bike check always the ground 😀

Do you take inspiration out of the motorcycle industry (artists, music,…)

Of course! I’m always inspired by other workshops or motorcycle enthusiasts …

3 adjectives to qualify you?

Creative, funny and brave (and moody) 😀

If not a bike builder, what would have been your daily work?

Good question … I’m a creative, so I think I will work in the creative area.

“On Any sunday”, what does it means to you?

I’m almost every sunday at the workshop with my 2 sons and we work together on my own bikes.

Website:

https://hookie.co/

1958 Triumph T110
Retrograde Mechanica – UK

About 300 hours

”Light, lithe little desert sled/TT inspired scrambler” Mark

What was your first bike?

Little Yamaha 50 kids bike when I was 5 years old

Your preferred stock bike (actual or old)? why?

Either a 1955 Velocette factory scrambler or a 1960 Matchless G80 TCS – scramblers, desert sleds and TT bikes just do it for me. The Velo is a stunning bike with interesting solutions to problems that probably didn’t exist and the TCS is just a brute of an uncompromising desert sled!

Something funny / amazing / strange / epic experienced and related to a motorcycle?

From riding across India, it’s gotta be being chased by a Monkey bigger than my brother, fast fucker he was – the 20 odd BHP or so my little enfield was putting down barely escaped his furry clutches and i’m assuming amourous intent.

Do you take inspiration out of the motorcycle industry (artists, music,…)

It’s cliche’d but I think if you’re building or creating anything then inspiration comes from everything and everyones around you, I build exactly what I want to build but there is no way I could honestly say that the colour wasn’t influenced from some album cover, or a 70’s pimp suit I once saw in some dodgy old film.

3 adjectives to qualify you?

Tempestuous, Uncompromising, Self-Critical (Is that two words……)

If not a bike builder, what would have been your daily work?

I actually work in new media training, the bikes and parts are a sideline, but I guess if I could do it all again i’d like to work on and restore beautiful old machines on an industrial scale – anything from Old Steam locomotives like Fairbanks-Morse, or planes like a Lockheed Electra 10E (Amelia Earhart choice of winged transport) to Classic speedboats and of course classic cars and bikes.

“On Any sunday”, what does it means to you?

Apart from continuing to shape my general taste and infatuation of anything with an engine and a ‘knobble’ on it’s rubber, its a general reminder to simply do what you love – and I love tinkering with bikes, riding with friends and kicking up some dust and dirt on the odd green lane – I don’t think it needs to be more complicated than that.

Website:

https://www.retrogrademechanica.com/

Yamaha YZ450F
Hombrese Bikes – Germany

It was a pretty quick build compared to my previous projects… I didn’t keep count but probably 100/150 hours

”I wanted something to ride in the Malle Mile and didn’t have anything to hand that’d fit the bill! My original plan was a light touch, subtle tweaks on the original bike to give it a little more personality without getting too drawn in to a full on rebuild… I failed! It’s almost too nice now to race.😂

What was your first bike?

Ducati Monster M600 – loved it!

Your preferred stock bike (actual or old)? why?

Probably the Panigale, it’s the only bike that I’ve own that has remained stock… almost 😉

Something funny / amazing / strange / epic experienced and related to a motorcycle?

Bikes lead to so many experiences, but one springs to mind that happened recently. I spent a day trying desperately hard to start a freshly rebuilt CX500, everything was how it should be but something wasn’t quite right. It was becoming an increasingly dark day and everyone around me was well aware of my mood. I’d rigged a temporary fuel line that day consisting of a short piece of tube and a small funnel, I’d used a jubilee clip to grip the tubing to the funnel except I’d unknowingly tightened it to the point where it had closed off the tubing – no fuel was getting through!!  Having explored every other possibility, it only took @11 hours to work it out. Once I’d released it, started first turn! 🤗

Do you take inspiration out of the motorcycle industry (artists, music,…)

I guess I’m influenced by so many things, I also have a style that I’d like to shake, everything ends up looking the same. I basically think in three layers; purpose, proportion and then personality.

3 adjectives to qualify you?

Passionate, relentless, impatient.

If not a bike builder, what would have been your daily work?

I’m not actually a bike builder, I’m a designer by day and run my own agency, the bike building is simply my way of scratching a sizeable itch.

“On Any sunday”, what does it means to you?

I’d never watched it until you asked this question. I’ve now watched it and the sequel and think both films do a great job of capturing what bikes are all about. But on any Sunday you’ll most likely find me in my workshop and if the weathers just right, possibly taking a build for a quick test run! 👍

Website:

https://www.ziggymoto.co.uk/

Spotted on the web...

2018 Triumph “Bathtub” T120 Bonneville
by Baak Motocyclettes

Interceptor T650 Royal Enfield
by Thrive Motorcycles

“Flying 57” Bianchi Moonshine Racer
by Plan B Motorcycles

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