HERE COMES THE SUN. Mecano Motorshop’s ’83 Suzuki GS450T Brat Scrambler
I’ve got a theory that the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes better than the Southern for custom bikes due to the long, harsh winters. Without wanting to sound too ‘hemispherist’, here in the south you can ride 365 days a year – as long as you don’t mind a bit of sweaty leather stink. But what to do when you’re forced to hunker down for 4 months of winter? Why, you build customs and dream of what you’ll be doing come the thaw. Customs like this simple yet classic Suzuki from Quebec’s Mecano Motorshop.
Mecano Motorshop’s owner is Olivier Laroche. After working as a dealer’s mechanic for several years, Olivier decided in 2010 to start his own shop. “We repair any marque of motorcycle from 1900 to 2018. But summer is short in Quebec, so we also repair ATVs, snowmobiles and boats, too. Recently, we began to customise motorcycles as small side projects. But now we are proud to show the world our first complete custom bike, which we also revealed at the Montreal International Bike Show this year.”