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About me

Steve Tonkin

After 20 years as a professional restorer, and  nearly 100 Classic Motorcycles built to concours condition, I am proud that my customers have never had a problem with their bikes. I put this down to my racing background.The first rule in racing is that to finish first...first you have to finish!

I learned to ride in 1964 on a rigid Matchless 500cc, and got a 125cc BSA Bantam when I was 16. After progressing to a 250 Matchless and 350 Triumph, I got a Velocette Viper, followed by a Venom, and finally in 1970 a brand new Thruxton. That I had to sell to fund my first race bike, a 750 Norton Atlas in a wideline frame which proved to be very competitive and reliable.

Then for 1973-4, we had a Seeley Commando, built by myself and life long friend and mechanic Dave Laurence who still gives me a hand now and again, which proved to be faster than the John Player Norton when I raced it at Brands Hatch at the end of 1974. I then changed to Yamaha Strokers, giving me numerous wins on the track and top six placings at the Isle of Man TT. I won the 250cc Junior TT in 1981 on an Armstrong, and also won the British 250 Championship in 1980, 1981 and 1982, finally retiring in 1984.

After 13 years of professional racing, I learned a great deal about meticulous machine preparation.When restoring customers' machines I treat them as if they were my own. My restorations were always built to be ridden - HARD!

My bikes have been featured in serveral magazines in the UK and worldwide, including Motorcycle Classics, Classic Bike, Motorrad, Klassik Motorrad, and Classic Bike Guide to name just a few.

I am now putting all of my passion into my brand new hand crafted bikes. I aim to improve upon the classic legend, and provide the ultimate road going modern cafe racing machines!

Winning the 1981 Junior TT
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