Bike: Blitz Motorcycle based on a BMW R75
Location: Paris 18
It’s funny how sometimes you meet people by chance. I first discovered the “custom bikes” movement in Australia thanks to Deus Motorcycles. The idea of this new movement is to customized bikes to make them simpler with a kind of vintage look (to summarize). It’s a bit related to the fixies bikes. I loved it instantly.
Coming back in France, I finally heard about a small shop doing also custom bikes in the same spirit, right in Paris, Blitz. But I never went further.
And one day, while I was wandering in the 18th “arrondissement”, I noticed a bike parked in an empty street with a shape that I like. I get close to have a pic of it and it was actually a Blitz motorcycle made from a classic BMW and a Honda tank. Then, Fred, the bike owner’s and Blitz founder arrived! We had a quick chat as he was just coming from a squash game and going away. But it was a good chat because Fred is having a great story.
He was working in Internet marketing and learnt mechanics on night courses. He first realized some custom bikes for friends and finally decided to do it full-time. He’s now running Blitz motorcycle and actually customizing 12 bikes! They have a strong and unique design in the custom scene as they’re always mixing a bike with a tank from an other bike, raw.
I wish I had a longer chat with him, but maybe I’ll pass by their garage in the 17th arrondissement soon!