The boys at Ton-up Garage hate to see a good motorbike go to waste. You can bring them your bike or they will source a bike for you and build you a hero bike that harks back to the street classics of the 1950s through to 1980s – the only decades that matter in the motorcycle dreams of Ton-up Garage. Working from their base in Porto, Portugal, Pedro and Daniel might be sticklers for a certain era when it comes to looks, but they’re not averse to tricking up the performance and power with a few mod-cons.
They will take a run-of-the-mill old Triumph Bonneville and tweaking the engine and electronics to deliver more power and torque, with more than a little help from a custom-made exhaust system. Want a classic BMW R45 that can handle rough roads and bucking potholes? No problem – Ton-up Garage can fit it with off-road tyres, overhaul and upgrade the forks, fit a stone guard over the headlight and fit high-braced MX bars.
The spirit of the Ton-up look is simplicity and purity, but it’s great to see it never comes at a cost to functionality.