OUR BIKES

When we choose a bike to modify we like to start with bikes that were once considered cast-offs. These ugly step-children that were laughed at then are now blank canvasses to modify as we see fit. Precisely because there is nothing precious about these machines there are endless possibilities and no right or wrong way to go about the task. To make it a Motomato we keep what we like and change what we don’t with an eye towards a classic look that could have come straight from the factory. 

One thing we aim for we at Motomato is a bike that is as well proportioned from a design sense as it is from the rider’s point of view. Key elements that make a Motomato ripe for the picking include a laid-back riding position for long-haul comfort, large displacement engines for maximum torque to get you out of tight situations and an extra large fuel tank in the signature Motomato tomato red livery.

HONDA MONKEY GORILLA

The Honda Monkey appeals to the kid in all of us with its diminutive size and cute looks. The original was conceived as a run-about bike for errands or for tying onto the back of your motorhome. With a pint-sized 50cc motor and a tiny frame it earned the nickname “Monkey” because an adult rider often looks the part when sitting astride one. We took a few liberties with the little Monkey and truly made it into a great ape. Improved engine, breaks and suspension performance take this monkey into gorilla territory no matter which jungle you are riding in.

HONDA MONKEY GORILLA

The Honda Monkey appeals to the kid in all of us with its diminutive size and cute looks. The original was conceived as a run-about bike for errands or for tying onto the back of your motorhome. With a pint-sized 50cc motor and a tiny frame it earned the nickname “Monkey” because an adult rider often looks the part when sitting astride one. We took a few liberties with the little Monkey and truly made it into a great ape. Improved engine, breaks and suspension performance take this monkey into gorilla territory no matter which jungle you are riding in.

BMW R80RT

The poor R80, it was born with a personality crisis so severe and handling characteristics so sluggish it earned the dubious nickname of “The Rubber Cow”. Despite the shortcomings the cow does sport the traditional BMW opposed twin sporting 1000cc and a near-perfect torque curve akin to a Porsche Boxer. We love the motor and hate the looks so we took this one on as a direct challenge. Without severely bobbing or chopping this bike into bits we’ve created a seriously comfortable, stylish, and well handling road machine for day trips and week-long excursions alike that never fails to start a conversation.

BMW R80RT

The poor R80, it was born with a personality crisis so severe and handling characteristics so sluggish it earned the dubious nickname of “The Rubber Cow”. Despite the shortcomings the cow does sport the traditional BMW opposed twin sporting 1000cc and a near-perfect torque curve akin to a Porsche Boxer. We love the motor and hate the looks so we took this one on as a direct challenge. Without severely bobbing or chopping this bike into bits we’ve created a seriously comfortable, stylish, and well handling road machine for day trips and week-long excursions alike that never fails to start a conversation.

HONDA CX500

When this bike hit the scene the world didn’t quite know what to make of it. In an effort to be different the engineers at Honda started from scratch and came up with a liquid cooled V-Twin that some loved and others hated. To top it off they wrapped it in so much plastic that people started calling it, “The Plastic Maggot”. We here at Motomato have a soft spot for this bike and its sublime twin so we took it on. Tune in as this one develops, because there is no way we are riding this thing around in its stock configuration!

HONDA CX500

When this bike hit the scene the world didn’t quite know what to make of it. In an effort to be different the engineers at Honda started from scratch and came up with a liquid cooled V-Twin that some loved and others hated. To top it off they wrapped it in so much plastic that people started calling it, “The Plastic Maggot”. We here at Motomato have a soft spot for this bike and its sublime twin so we took it on. Tune in as this one develops, because there is no way we are riding this thing around in its stock configuration!