TWEAKING THE HONDA XR600R, FRENCH STYLE

Taking on a garage project can be daunting. First-time builders often find themselves in a downward spiral of costs, time and motivation—and vow never to pick up a wrench again.

Not Dimitri Chaussinand though. He pulled off his first project—a cute Yamaha TW125—in the underground parking garage of his apartment block, on a limited budget. And when the Lyon-based architectural draughtsman sold the little TW, he already had a new build in mind …