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.
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 our first prototype, a modified 1979 Kawasaki KZ200 which we simply refer to as "Zero". With a battery system hand-built by Steve, a solid electric drivetrain, and proper café racer styling, we knew we had something special.
Around this time we found a factory who trusted the vision and was capable of building a production model. Using queues from our Bike Zero prototype and building off of a classic 70s 125cc platform, we designed our first production bike using mostly standard motorcycle and E-bike parts. After crossing our fingers, we ordered 30 bikes to be produced and prayed they would live up to our dream.
We unloaded our first shipping crate by hand, and when we cracked it open we were pleasantly surprised by a set bikes that exceeded our expectations. We dubbed it the Founders Edition E-bike.
Two weeks later all 30 bikes had been sold and we were 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.
The retail store, now open at 2879 Dundas West in Toronto. Serving our signature Bahama Blend Coffee and servicing bikes from 12-5.
See you down the road.
Ben & Steve
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