The new project is a more modern bike. The base is a Yamaha MT-09. ‘We want to push the boundaries so that we are not copying ourselves. That goes without saying. We want to push the envelope a little. That much we can say. It shouldn’t be an over-the-top show bike, but we will try to do something different,’ they explain about their next project. They cannot unveil what they will do, but while they are standing and looking at the bike before them, they begin talking about their work process.
‘We try to get things to fit together by sticking to some simple rules, where we follow the lines of the motorcycle. We work live on the bike – purely visually,’ says Nicholas and continues, ‘Like we are doing now; and then we look at the bike’s lines. This could certainly be done using graphics software, but you cannot be certain it will work when you walk around it.’ When a giant like Yamaha comes along, you would think that the lads would have to follow a lot of guidelines, but actually they are allowed to play around. Normally, the customer does not decide everything. But then again. When you re-design motorcycles, live out your passion and are good at what you do because of your ambition and refusal to compromise, it can be difficult to listen to the customer’s requests. ‘It is still the customer's motorcycle, and we do not claim artistic freedom. We are, after all, just a small shop. The customer’s opinion is important, but we need to retain our integrity as well. I would say that we control 70-80% and the customer does the rest,’ says Per. ‘So in that way, we have probably become a bit snobbish,’ he says and laughs.