“May the FUN be with you…”
Rémy Pagart of France’s MUTO Motorbikes has quickly become one of our favorite builders, for both his bikes and personality. Rémy, who is an artist and designer with a soft spot for vintage Yamahas, was inspire to open his workshop by one of the greatest French builders of all time, Ed Turner, who recently bowed out of custom bike-building.
Rémy approaches each build as an “all-terrain artist,” merging vintage, new, and custom elements to make each bike a unique work of art. Previously, we featured “Tracto,” his XS650 “fat tracker.” Today, we’re thrilled to take a step back and feature the first-ever MUTO Motorbikes build, “El Pimento.” The concept of fun is ever at the heart of Rémy’s work, and this hot little Yamaha SR250 is no exception. Rémy, who loves to blend styles and genres, likes to the call the bike a “trambler” — a hybrid of scrambler and tracker styles.
Below, we get the full story on “El Pimento,” with some red-hot photos from Patrick Leveque.
Yamaha SR250 Brat / Tracker / Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I wanted to open a garage for many years to customize motorcycles but I didn’t have a time and place. Then one day I read an article about Ed Turner, a crazy French preparer (and for me one of the best) and that was the trigger. Two months after, I found my workshop, I bought tools, and it was gone.
To start, and waiting for my first customer, I bought four different motorcycles to prepare them: a 250 SR, a 650 XS, a 600 XTE and a CBN 400.
I began to ride on my brother’s motocross bikes then I bought my first one: Yamaha 125 DTMX. After this one I got others different bikes like 500 XT, 600 XT, 500 SR…
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Yamaha 250 SR 1985.
• Why was this bike built?
Personal project (but for sale after).
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
I wanted to make a style between scrambler and tracker but not very pure because I like Hybrid styles.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money because it’s not a prestigious bike and I want to sell it with a small price. So I kept a lot of original parts like engine 🙂 frame and wheels …
To succeed with a good customization, the most important is (for me) the choice of the tank, and one of my favorite is the Yamaha RD50. Rectangular, good profile, and slim.
I just remade the painting but kept the original stickers for the raw atmosphere and I added the number 1 because first preparation of MUTO Motorcycles.
As I wanted to make a motorcycle a little scrambler but not too much, I opted for mixed tires (Dunlop K460), aluminum mudguards and as I don’t like the vacuum under the seat, I machined side covers in big aluminum sheet.
I made a new seat but no way scrambler; I like to mix styles and so, create my own style. A small handlebar, a small taillight, a small TY tailight and small flashing lights and it’s good.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Just I enjoyed to do that.
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- Photographer Credit: Patrick Leveque