After seeing endless variations and thousands of big inch V-twin custom motorcycles, this builder, Floris, from the Netherlands, decided to take a different route. He thought, why not go with a small single? Why not a 2 stroke? Without waiting for an answer he bought an old 1964 MZ RT125. These bikes, built in East Germany, were nothing very special to begin with, being a sort of poor man’s motorcycle, but they were tough enough to be used by the East German army and border troops so Floris figured it would make a nice start for his custom.
At first, a few MZ purists said it was a classic bike that should be restored but he would have none of that and tore it apart to see what he had. What he found was the bike was small, really small in proportion to all of the regular custom and chopper pieces available so everything had to be built by hand.
His father, Bennie, welded up a custom fuel tank in the vintage tracker style. Floris used pieces of the original fender to begin and then added more metal until he had a rear fender that looked right. Continuing with the vintage board tracker look he built a set of dropped handlebars. He goes on:
A lot of old stock MZ parts, like handles, handgrips and foot controls, are re-used because it looked old, used and greasy (I loved that!). Remember that it’s more than 40 years old now! The saddle was saved from the trash heap and comes from an antique bicycle and has worn-out looks too. It was fully modified to fit on this bike. The simple electronic-unit is re-used and it’s mounted, out of sight, in the battery box.
The 125cc single cylinder engine has homemade pipes and a modified MZ muffler. The 3 speed gearbox can be either hand or foot shifted. Start is by kick or push.
Wheels are 19 inch spokes on both ends, drum brakes, too, to keep the vintage style.
After starting out with a full spray can black paint job he thought it would look better with something a bit nicer and let KustomBart do it up right.
The end result of all of his work shows you don’t need a big inch twin with a 300 rear tire to have a really nice custom, you just need some imagination and a bit of work. Nice job, Floris!
Photos: Sabine Welte
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