All 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.
Bordered 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
His 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.
His 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)