East Meets West. Czech Custom Shovelhead.

TMT2TMT3TMT4TMT5All Europeans belonging or participating to the Custom Scene already know that a new wave of bike builders is emerging from Central and East Europe. Many Americans are also discovering their creations when displayed in Daytona or Sturgis,  often ranking high in respectable bike show competitions and consequently getting featured in news magazine like mine.

TMT8TMT6TMT7Bordered by Germany to the west and Austria to the south, the Czech Republic is more than others exposed and largely influenced by the large number of custom builders in these 2 countries.  Influence that pushed Tomas Turner to open his own shop (TMT Moto) and build custom bikes able to rival the best of Europe as he did during last month during the Custom Chrome Europe bike show

TMT9TMT10TMT11TMT12His taste leans towards very old racing machines, but unable to afford an original one, he bought a 1975 Harley Shovelhead with the intention to turn it as much as possible into an old school vintage racer. None of the custom parts you see were made using new machinery. Many are old fireman trucks accessories. Front light from an old bicycle and rear light from an unidentified vintage car were Swap meets finds. Leather accessories, grips and straps for the brake lines were created by Dan Ramik.

TMT13His small shop being very busy, it  took Tomas Turner 7 months of after-hours labor to complete this project. Named T5 because it’s his 5th full blown custom, the bike is currently on the European show tour where competition after competition it’s a favorite of judges and of the public. TMT Moto. (photography copyright copyright Onno “Berserk” Wieringa  for Cyril Huze)

14 Responses to “East Meets West. Czech Custom Shovelhead.”

  1. 1 Guy May 6th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Another very good one. Thanks, Cyril.

  2. 2 tattooeddmike May 6th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Nice Job, and dig the shovel motor. Thanks Cyril once again for bringing us the unique hand built customs we look for on your site.

  3. 3 Laurence Zankowski May 6th, 2013 at 9:30 am


    When i first saw this i thought that you found a classic bay area chopper from the 70’s in an old barn in rural pennsylvania .

    Used to read chooper and street chopper mags back then. This is well done.


  4. 4 Shifter May 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Superb classic.

  5. 5 BC May 6th, 2013 at 10:27 am


  6. 6 Rodent May 6th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Nice looking wall piece.

  7. 7 Fritz May 6th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Stunning! Absolutely beautiful!

  8. 8 bigitch May 6th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    just two small lights? (on the left side)

  9. 9 Hamilton May 6th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Excellent custom bike to please everybody…except Rodent.

  10. 10 Zipper May 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Rodent’s comment is positive. The bike is a work of art. ..Z

  11. 11 dmj May 7th, 2013 at 6:11 am

    very well done. that is one sharp looking machine.

  12. 12 mack May 7th, 2013 at 9:28 am


  13. 13 burnout May 7th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Nice! peace

  14. 14 Rob May 8th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a sucker for any Shovel…………………..

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