The story of Beachman begins in 2016, as an idea for a retro brand that stood for the best things in life. Things like enjoying an afternoon by the water or a weekend on the road. The goal of Beachman was to build incredible things that would make these moments even better. The iconic Beachman logo was designed in 2018 by Jeremy Grice after Ben described his vision over a casual Tuesday afternoon lunch. (3 years later, Jeremy would get one of the first Beachman bikes delivered to his home as a thank you, and long overdue payment for his design work.)
Fast forward to 2019, and our two founders Ben Taylor and Steve Payne have a chance encounter at a coffee shop. Ben, the creator of the Beachman name with the dream to build a wildly new 50cc cafe racer, and Steve, the wild cafe racer builder who could bring that dream to life - on the condition that the bikes were electric. This simple suggestion changed the course of Beachman forever.
In the fall of 2020 Steve completed work on the first prototype, a modified 1979 Kawasaki KZ200 which we simply refer to as "Zero". With a battery system hand-built by Steve, a modern electric drivetrain, and authentic café racer styling, the pair knew they had something special.
Around this time they found a factory who trusted the vision and was capable of building a production model. Using queues from Bike Zero and building off of a classic 70s 125cc platform, the first production bike was designed using mostly standard motorcycle and E-bike parts. After crossing their fingers, the founders ordered 30 bikes to be produced and prayed they would live up to the dream.
In march of 2021, the first shipping crate was cracked open and unloaded by hand in the parking lot of a self storage facility. What Ben & Steve found inside were bikes that that exceeded their expectations. They dubbed them the Founders Edition E-Bikes.
Two weeks later all 30 bikes had been sold and Beachman was off to the races.
Since then we've been working day and night to build Beachman into the company we always thought it could be. From road trips across the country to get that perfect shot of the bike, to hand building our own retail store in the West End of Toronto. Now, onto our next journey with the 64, we hope to build the greatest E-bike the world has ever seen.
In 2022, we began fully building the bikes here in Toronto. Opening up our own assembly line was a goal of ours from day one and we are so proud to now say that our bikes are designed by Canadians and assembled by Canadians.
There's much more to come from Beachman, from apparel and outdoors, to the home, and the beach. We're excited to embark on this journey and we're glad you're along for the ride.
Our iconic retail store in the Junction neighborhood is now closed, and we've relocated to our new HQ around the block, which houses our 2000 sq. ft. production area.
There is always something new coming around the corner from us, so sign up to the Beachman email list to keep an eye on it all.
See you down the road.
Ben & Steve
All our best press so far!
"A McCool Ride" - Toronto Star
Beachman’s e-bikes in Toronto find inspiration in vintage motorcycles - The Globe And Mail
Toronto e-bike maker Beachman wants to electrify everything. Next are motorcycles and dune buggies - The Globe And Mail
California Dreaming: Canadian E-Bike Maker Beachman Tapping Into Surf Culture - MCN
The e-bike revolution is coming - CPA
Retro Beachman "ebike" channels the spirit of the sixties - New Atlas
This Vintage Café Racer E-Bike Wants You to be the Steve McQueen of the Modern World - Auto Evolution
This vintage electric motorcycle is actually… an ebike - The Next Web