Browsing through images on Instagram, we came across Lanesplitter Garage and their builds. After liking some of Benny’s builds, they sent us a pic of this awesome little Yamaha TW200 Scrambler they had build for a customer. We just needed to hear and see more about this build so here we are.
Benny from says Tonka was a commissioned build after a client contacted him about customizing a Honda CT110. Initially he was on the lookout for a reasonably priced CT110 but after a couple of months searching and realizing prices were seriously over inflated, we changed our plan of attack and settled on another seriously over inflated model, the Yamaha TW200.
Since the client was in Sydney and Benny in Brisbane, they worked primarily over email working out the overall design direction with sketches and photoshop mockups going back and forth. Budget was also high on the priority list, meaning they had to sacrifice a few things to include others. Benny sourced a number of parts overseas including the vintage XS400 tank, which we decided to keep original.
He fabricated up a number of parts including the single sided rear hugger which also holds the licence plate, and keeps the tail road legal. The skid plate was also custom made from some scrap sheet metal to follow the lines of the engine and exhaust. For the seat he wanted to still retain some of the original dirt bike styling but with a line that integrated into the new XS tank. The seat pan was fiber glassed, foam shaped and was finally upholstered with some leather that I sourced from a tannery out west in country
The rusted out exhaust was replaced with a custom stainless with a shorty exhaust system which makes it sound so much louder than the little 200cc engine. The wheels which is one of the reasons these little bikes are so popular were treated with a fresh sandblasting / 2 Pack paint and stainless spokes. All the electrical is tucked under the seat and powered by a tiny antigravity battery.
After see all the pictures of this little scrambler, it makes us want to build one of these now. I remember seeing the TW200’s as a kid and thought they were one of the coolest things. Seeing this thing brings back all those memories. Be sure to head over to Lanesplitter’s website and social media sites to checkout more of their cool builds and see what they come up with next.
Lanesplitter Garage Yamaha TW200 Scrambler Photos: