So when an internet commenter questioned whether his last bike was a true custom build—or a collection of bolt-on parts—Maarten saw rood.
Maarten has two guidelines for his builds. He only ever works on Yamahas, and nearly always models that are hard to come by in The Netherlands.
The frame you’re looking at is all-new, constructed from chromoly steel.
Tucked into the frame are two handmade, stainless steel tanks—for fuel and oil. There’s some trick plumbing at play too: oil is fed from its tank through the frame itself.
The wiring’s been redone, with everything stashed in the seat or the headlight, which is a modified Kreidler Florett unit. Maarten’s sunk an aftermarket speedo in there, and installed a Bates-style taillight out back.
Both have been powder coated blue and fitted with whitewalls, and both are still sporting drum brakes.
Naturally the engine and twin Mikuni carbs have been rebuilt too, and there’s a custom intake hooked up to a K&N filter originally designed for a Land Rover. A simple exhaust pipe from RVS wraps around the engine.
The other custom parts are a little more orthodox. There’s a license plate holder that extends past the rear wheel, and is removable via a couple of bolts. And the handlebars are one-offs, capped off with Domino grips and gorgeous Ural reverse levers.
Anyone still got any doubts about Maarten’s abilities?
Images by Mark Meisner, who also brought us the story.