Jarno works in the car dismantling business, a family firm that his father started. After a long day at work, they carry on working at home—but on motorcycles rather than cars. “At home it’s all about motorcycles and nothing but motorcycles. I’m fed up with them!” says Jarno, as he gives me a tour through a garage and various barns, all of which are packed full with beautiful machines, from unique classic racers to modern touring bikes and one-off mopeds.
“My father does off-road motorcycling and races classics. But to his disgust, I used to only be interested in Volkswagen cars! Then, a few years ago I had a back problem and had to sit around for three months. I got bored and I couldn’t work on my car. But I suddenly remembered an old Honda CB750 we had at the scrapyard. I decided that working on a Honda would be better for my back than trying to work on a VW.”
But when he went to find the bike he found his father had already disposed of it. Fortunately, he knew someone who had a Honda—in his attic! Finally, Jarno could start work. “I found a set of Suzuki GSX-R forks and then a beautiful aluminium Gilera fuel tank from someone in our neighbourhood which is full of people into motorcycles. But unfortunately, a few days later he came back to me. It turned out he regretted the sale so much that he couldn’t sleep and he asked me very nicely if he could get it back.”
Now Jarno was the one with the sleepless nights. “I started feverishly looking for a nice fuel tank. Then I saw a Renault Twingo in our yard and realised that the mudguards have a beautiful shape. If you squint and look at it just so, a Twingo fender looks like half a Gilera tank! So I picked up the grinding machine and made a fuel tank from two Twingo mudguards, shaped and welded together. That was easier said than done, of course, because the thin tin is difficult to weld. The tailpiece was made from pieces of a Renault.
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