For all its farm bike ways, the Yamaha TW200 sure is charming. With a utilitarian build and cartoon tires, it’s the two-wheeled, life-sized equivalent of a Tonka truck.
It’s also the perfect base for this playful project—the work of Brisbane’s Lanesplitter Garage. The man behind Lanesplitter is Ben, a self-proclaimed ‘backyard builder’ who holds down a nine-to-five as a programmer while wrenching at night.
“A client contacted me about customizing a Honda CT110, after seeing one I had completed recently,” he tells us. “Initially we were on the lookout for a reasonably priced CT110, but after a couple of months searching and realizing prices were seriously over-inflated, we changed our plan of attack and settled on another seriously over-inflated model—the TW200.”
“We spent a while scouring the classifieds, but I managed to source one that had been sitting in the shed for a while out in the suburbs.…