Love conquers all, even our love for our two-wheeled day to day companion. This Yamaha XS250 turned in to an elegant Brat Cafe was inspired by Louise Branzuela’s love and passion for motorcycles.
” When I found the bike its was not running for almost 6 years. It was just stored in a street corner and was left there to rot,” said Louise.
“Ever since I love motorbikes, every bit of it! Nothing beats the rush when you wander on and off the road with a bike. Thus, building one inspired me. This was inspired by me and my fiance, we are getting married this June. And named it after our initials, JL.”
Yamaha XS 250
Small, reliable and fun, that’s what an XS 250 is all about. The XS 250 was only produced from 1977 to 1980. It was offered at the same time with enlarged bore as the Yamaha XS 360 and XS400 . thus, this bike is rare. With its air-cooled four-stroke engine , two-cylinder with balance shafts, this bike is a perfect day to day ride and weighs only 166 kg.
“Conceptualizing a unique design for an on and off road rides has resulted in to bigger eye bags due to sleepless nights for months. And it turned out just what I wanted it to be. I named the bike after me and my fiance’ initials for she supported and helped through out the building process.”
We love featuring backyard custom build stories like this. Thank you Louise for sharing your bike story to us. Follow their Instagram account: @heromi23) @ambivalouise
An iconic motorcycle is reborn and was launched last March 14, 2018 in the Philippines at Yamaha Y-Zone, Pasig City. The Yamaha SR400 is a legendary classic that depicts a heritage Japanese motorcycle icon since 1978. It is powered by a 399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve engine.”This bike is the perfect motorcycle for both custom bike builder, enthusiasts and for those who wants a retro looking bike with a touch of heritage feels,” says Mr. Ryan Camus, Marketing Manager of Yamaha Philippines.
The modern SR400, same but different
Everything is identical, from the tank, to spoked wheels and rear drumbrake. The only difference is that the newSR400 is equipped with Fuel Injection while the older version is run by carburator. The 399cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve power plant with electronic fuel injection combined with the SR400’s light weight makes the bike a perfect modern classic day to day road companion. The single-cylinder design is easy to maintain, too. The torquey, single-cylinder engine provides “thumper” appeal and engine character with a feeling of direct power connection to the rear wheel adding to the fun factor of the SR400.
Kick it like old school
Just like its predecessors, the SR 400 maintained its kick-start feature and its actuated through a handlebar mounted compression release that makes starting the SR400 quick and easy, with very little kicking effort.
The 2018 Yamaha SR 400 is now available in all Yamaha Y-Zone and Yamaha Rev-Zone nationwide. SRp is at PHP 329,000.
Now, on its 5th year , PARTAKAN 2018 is bigger than ever–with more pumped up activities that pay tribute to the freedom, passion and camaraderie on the road!
Partakan has earned a reputation for the most fun and challenging happenings, and this year’s edition is no exception : bikers and motoring enthusiasts everywhere can join the event’s premiere attraction: AMAZING RIDE, a multi-stop journey from Clark to Pozo Robo in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, where man and machine conquer challenges to emerge as the best of the best, answering the call of the road, driving through some of the country’s best trails and countryside. To sweeten the ride, a cash prize awaits the champions!
More rugged bikers are invited to outpace self and peers in AUTO-MOTO, to satisfy their need for speed! And in true PARTAKAN tradition, the 3 days of adventure riding from March 28-31 culminate in an all- day and all- night beach party where everyone can rock with the Battle of the Bands, or shoot the breeze at the beach as ladies strut their stuff in the Bikini Open.
What’s more, the last day, April 1, offers even more exciting thrills that bikers will enjoy like AUTO MOTO, Bail Out Challenge and other side events!
Sponsored by Shell Advance: the Official Lubricant and New Shell V-Power: the official fuel of Partakan 2018, Honda Motorcycles, Yamaha Motorcycles, and Mahindra/Asian Brands Corporation. Also sponsored in part by Suzuki Motorcycles, Standard Insurance, and Kawasaki Motorcycles. Eyecatcher: the official Safety Gear of Partakan 2018, SEC Motorcycles, Northern Cement, and Lalamove.
One of the premiere custom bike builders in the Queen City of the South, Revolt Cycles from Cebu has dropped their first build for 2018, a 2014 KTM Duke 390 build which is very popular around the country and worldwide for its stunning modern looks and performance. The KTM Duke 390 is a good entry level motorcycle for those who wants to hop on the saddle with power.
KTM, a brand that is associated with offroad and adventure bikes has released an entry-level Duke which debut at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, and went on sale in India and the Philippines in 2013 and in the US in 2015. The KTM Duke was embraced by Filipinos because of its light weight built and slick design.
PANTERA IN THE MAKING
The KTM Duke arrived in the garage with its usual orange and white color matching accessories like side mirrors, brake levers, handlebar, bar clamps and down to the smallest bits like bolts, washers, caps, etc. Not to mention some random stickers sticked around the bike for that increase racing look.
Like to all our builds, we treated the Duke as if it was our own personal bike. We took the time to study how we can change the look to a more classic style and by sttripping the bike gave us a more understanding about its frame, geometry and style but as more we got around, the latter was’nt really meant for the KTM.
The owner’s wish was simply to make it to a tracker style and quoted all “BLACK”! We then stripped down all the bright colored anodized accessories by diluting/dissolving them in this simple household product, the “liquid sosa”, it was our best friend for this build undertaking a lot of time to strip the anodized paint but all worth revealing its true aluminum color and by giving it a light polish.
To most of our builds, the first and major task that the guys at RVLT are the wheels. Either by refurbishing, restoring, customizing or in this case changing the color meaning stripping the old orange out and spraying a fresh coat of matte black. Topping it off by wrapping the wheels with Shinko 805s for that dual purposed ride.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Revolt Cycles’ Jon Louie Yu talks about the process of the build.
“As we progressed to this stage, we decided to retain the original tank design and giving it a gloss on matte black accent with our RVLT cycles logo wrapped at each side of the fairings. To pair the front end to the body, we decided not to use the conventional round headlights but a aftermarket Powerpart Headlamp that is designed for the KTM Duke, painted in black wrapped with a gloss RVLT decal and yellow tinted lens on it.”
“Now this is where the fun part begins as we move to the rear end of the bike, taking out all the plastic fairings, removing all the tabs and chopping 1/4 of the subframe then fabricating a new pointed style tube at the end. We tucked all the essential “electricals” under a fabricated seat pan along with a detachable seat wrapped with black quality grade leather with custom seat cowl cover. Integrated the stock tail light to a custom made mudguard for that sleek clean tail tidy look.”
“We did not want to make a drastic change with the over-all look of the 390. We still wanted it to look like one with respect to its lines and geometry but with a little touch of black magic as we can say.”
“Challenging part was separating the frame from the motor basically removing all the parts, wirings and etc attached to it for a clean proper clean, respray of gloss black and preparation. At this stage all parts were prepped and painted for the rebuild phase.”
“Some other custom bits like a aftermarket bar-end side mirrors, pod filter and a aftermarket M4 exhaust system for that mean beautiful note.”
“To top off the build with all the parts in placed and done, striking with the smooth gloss and matte black textures, and a beautiful stance on the prowl for its prey the name PANTERA was coined translating from Panther in Spanish language.”
The PANTERA, #RVLT30 a 2014 KTM Duke 390 for Mr. Aljun Decampong from Davao City, Philippines.
Slammed stance. Chopped fenders. Knobby tires. Blacked-out and stripped-down. The Scout Bobber is no frills, all attitude. The only place we didn’t hold back: the 100 barely-tamed horsepower of a 69-cubic-inch V-Twin. Grab on. Hold fast. Your legend is just getting started.- Motorcycle News
The 2018 Indian Scout Bobber has showed its unique style and attitude. We were invited to witness its maiden launch at Okada Manila together with some of the prominent Motorcycle riders, reviewers and journalists.
Yes we are a fan of bobbers! This new Indian Scout gave a long lasting impression of being a stand out bike when it comes to its genre. The All-terrain tires and that chopped fenders gave a masculine vibe and a head-turner attitude.
We love it and we can’t wait to get our hands on this bike. See it to appreciate it. Visit Indian Motorcycle Philippines showroom at AccessPlus Manila, P. Tuazon Street, Quezon City.
Available colors: Thunder Black Bronze Smoke Star Silver Smoke Indian Motorcycle Red Thunder Black Smoke (ABS).
Indian Motorcycle is officially distributed by T.A. Marketing/Access Plus in the Philippines. Visit Access Plus to see some Indian Motorcycles first hand. Access Plus is located at P-Tuazon Street, near Camp Panopio, QC.
Iron Macchina has been one of the prime movers in the Philippine Custom Bike scene where they give so much value in small details to make their build a stand out for their client’s satisfaction. For our first featured local custom bike build this 2018, we decided to feature this BMW R1150 GS owned by Mr.Gren Guadamor.
Here’s a little throwback history of the BMW GS Series.
The Undisputed Adventure Bike
Manufactured by BMW Motorrad from 1999 through 2004, the GS Series an all purpose off-road/on-road BMW motorcycles line have been produced from 1980 when the R80G/S was launched, to the present day. The GS refers to either Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) or Gelände Sport. GS motorcycles can be distinguished from other BMW models by their longer travel suspension, an upright riding position, and larger front wheels – typically 19 to 21 inch.
The BMW R1150 Gained so much accolades in the global motorcycling scene and in 2004 the GS was the bike of choice by riding duo Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their 18,887-mile (30,396 km) ride from London to New York City, depicted in the book and TV series Long Way Round and a follow up TV series, R1150GS’s successor, the R1200GS Adventure the Long Way Down.
Máximo was born
This GS was brought to Iron Macchina by Mr. Gren Guadamor a member of BOSS Motorcycle Club. He intended to make his GS a stand out, a bike that will be different from other GS. He wanted his bike to sit a bit lower for his comfort. “While doing the planning, I had a good vision on what the bike can look like if we modify some of its other parts as well. So I called him up and gave him a few ideas on what i want the bike to look like and yes, he agreed,” said Symon, Iron Macchina’s founder.
“So given the chance, I took it as a challenge as this bike is the 3rd big displacement build for our team and we’re excited for this BMW project.”
Going through the details
CHASSIS – “The chassis was 100% fabricated. We went for sch 60/26mm high tencil tube steel (standard). We made it a dual layer chassis for stability, durability and style. Also to lessen the vibration coming the engine as this BMW has a 1150cc boxer engine. The dimension of the frame was based from the bikes existing lines. While considering the stance of the rider as well.”
“As you may notice the line of the chassis and front suspension rocker flowing fluidly together, and seat clearance is angled based from the riders comfort. The chassis also has a height adjustment giving option for the rider if he wants to get dirty on the track or ride it thru rough terrains. Lifting at least 2inch from its normal stance. Stainless steel perforated side covers for accent and powder coated for protection and fine finish. All welds are also based from original patterns. We replicated the welds from factory to ensure that it would still look original.”
FRONT END – “Dual 6″ day maker headlights vertically mounted is the perfect fit for this bike. Considering the size of its tank, i designed a cover that holds the 2 headlights together and made sure not to compromise the design and functionality of the lights. It made the bike look more meaner, muscular and explicit visibility.”
IMC TRACKER HANDLE BAR– “We replaced the handle bar with IMC production tracker bar with 7/8 diameter high tencil steel tube. Giving more stability and less vibration on handling.”
REAR END– equipped with LED integrated lights with exposed mount. Customer purchased rear tire hugger (aftermarket).
SEAT– Red stitched custom seat for combination and accent.
PAINT– Normally Iron Macchina use a k92 for more versatile usage and a top coat rough finish matte clear. We made it two toned Light gun metal and matte black.
“Working on this bike was a challenge. Considering that the bike was heavy, the wirings, detailing and concept. This was not a typical build for our team but it proves that we can. Keeping track with all our builds, this Scrambler BMW R1150 GS “Máximo” is definitely one of our favorite.”
“We at Iron Macchina Customs, make sure to reach all clients expectations and request. We ensure that all our builds is good quality from fabrication process to finish product. We use industrial sources to make sure everything is standard and durable at any state. We build because we for see clients interest in making their dream bikes. And we make sure that we comply.” – Paul Anthony Symon Cantos, Iron Macchina Customs Founder.
A premium built for a premium bike by Iron Macchina Customs.
2017 was breakthrough for us here at Cafe Racer Philippines. We’ve witnessed the progression of the Custom Culture in the Philippines as well as the growth of the custom bike community in Asia. Here’s a rundown of our monthly custom bike features as well as the moments and events that happened in 2017.
Featured on January 8, 2017. Philmar got inspired with the growing community of bike building and was prompted to start his own project. He easily got connected to Benjo Sun of 3B Customs, who coincidentally was based in Surigao City, the mainland of Siargao. Read about the Barrel Master’s bike here.
Jerish Abac, head of this “soy-based” custom garage located in Pateros, Manila, shared to CRPH their newest build for a client that had a great vision for its design. This bike was featured last February 2017. Read about the Diablo. Click here.
A sexy naked bike, the Yamaha XJR 400 is by far one of the most iconic 400cc motorcycles in the Philippines. The Air-cooled, inline 4 cylinder, BSR30×4 carburetors, DOHC H501E engine is packed with power which you may no longer handle the torque once you’re out there twisting the throttle. This bike was featured last March 2, 2017. Read more about the Beltza here.
Featured last June 23, 2017. The first Filipino Motorcycle riding team, Himalayan Adventure Team Pinas consists of Jimmy D.L. Barinaga, Ryan Agoncillo, Bong Diaz, Omar Sebastian, Raul Ona, Dian Dayag and Kannan Sreedevi has reached Khardungla the “World’s Highest Motorable Road” at 18,380 ft. last June 20, 2017 at around 12:10 pm conquering the Himalayas surpassing the minus 5 degrees temperature and extreme rugged road terrain.
Featured last July 7, 2017. Alec used a 77 Honda dream Superhawk tank. it fits perfectly and gave that classic look and cafe racer attitude on the bike. All in all, this bike is a superb build. it even won a local moto show in Palawan. Read about it here.
MARAWI HEROES- A CUSTOM BIKE TRIBUTE BY LAGUNA CHOPPERS
Featured last August 21, 2017. “This bike is a reminder for all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle. We dedicate this bike to the heroes of Marawi Siege,” says Mr. Reyes. Read more about the Marawi Heroes Bike here.
Featured last September 1, 2017. This rusty bike has captured our attention since its social media appearance last year as a collaboration project between Jerry Formoso Kustoms and the owner of Tattoo Lab Mr. Norman Saliot. Read more about TurboRat here.
This event was featured last September 30, 2017. The yearly dapper celebration saw 700 modern classic motorcycle riders in one awesome gathering last September 24 for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride manila 2017.
Featured last October 30, 2017. Gian Lasam is an avid rider whose passion and print business intertwines with his daily work routines. Lasam decided to buy a Motorstar Cafe 400 couple of months ago due to work loads and the wasted time that he experience when his on four wheels. Read more about Imprint Custom’s Cafe 400 here.
Featured last November 8, 2017. Royal Enfield has finally taken the wraps off the much awaited Interceptor 650 Twin and the Continental GT 650 Twin at the ongoing EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. Read more here.
We came across this well crafted motorcycle while browsing for some unique builds at Moto Builds Pilipinas Facebook Group and we stumbled upon this stand out Rusi Classic by Emman Abatayo from Ilo-ilo City. Read more here.
There you have it folks! We hope to feature more custom bikes, modern classic bikes and custom culture events this 2018! Follow our official Instagram, @CaferacerPh for more updates about the growing custom culture in the Philippines.
Christmas in the Philippines is not complete without the Metro Manila Film Festival. The MMFF is a yearly film festival that caters to locally produced film which are themed with family oriented movies, fantasy stories, comedies as well as love stories. We’re happy that two of the most sought after films for this year’s MMFF are loaded with well crafted custom bikes from two prominent bike builders in the Philippines, Tokwa Party Garage and 3B Customs.
Tokwa Party Garage was asked by Mr. Coco Martin to build a bike for his movie. “Nagulat na lang ako nang makita ko yun message ni Mr. Coco Martin sa Instagram and nag ask siya if we can make a bike for him,” said, Jerish Yu, founder of Tokwa Party Garage. “Ang Panday” (The Blacksmith) is a 2017 Philippine epic, fantasy action film based on the eponymous comic book character created by Carlo J. Caparas along with his subordinate Steve Gan. Serving as the seventh installment of the Panday series, the film is directed, produced and starred by Coco Martin in the title role.
We actually featured the bike couple of months ago. The bike was also gone viral when some netizen actually made an issue about Mr. Martin not wearing a helmet while riding.
Here’s Panday’s custom XR 150L by Tokwa Party Garage.
The movie revolves around the character of the 32-year old high-profile musician DIEGO PUNZALAN (Jericho Rosales) who is on the verge of quitting his band and took a trip back to his province Siargao to take a break from Manila’s public eye and rethink his place in his band. It’s sort of a love story chick flick film with a touch of well crafted surf cinematography as well as the beautiful landscape of Siargao Island.
Mr. Benjo Sun, the brainchild behind 3B Customs was so stoked when he realized that his build was the main character’s ride (Jericho Rosales) in the film. Mr. Rosales is a certified motorcycle addict. He has a motorcycle collection in his garage from Scrambler Ducati (a Classic and the Desert Sled), a Triumph Scrambler as well as a Moto Guzzi, a Yamaha Serrow for his dirt escapades and a Vespa PX 150.
“From the start, I never expected that my builds will end up in a film, plus it’s Jericho Rosales pa,” said Benjo.
Here’s Diego’s Custom XR 150L by 3B Customs Surigao.
“Ang Panday” and “Siargao” are now showing in all major cinemas nationwide. Support our local film industry and please don’t support piracy!
We came across this well crafted motorcycle while browsing for some unique builds at Moto Builds Pilipinas Facebook Group and we stumbled upon this stand out Rusi Classic by Emman Abatayo from Ilo-ilo City.
I do admit that I was looking for a significant clue if what was the base bike used in this build. Really, you’ll never know at first glance then you’ll be surprised that the base bike of this tamed iron beast is a Rusi Classic 250. Yes, RUSI Motorcycles, a popular local brand of motorcycle that was founded in Dumaguete City that is proudly Filipino owned.
HISTORY OF RUSI
Ramas-Uypitching Sons, Inc. (RUSI), was established in 1954 as a hardware and automotive store in downtown Dumaguete, RUSI had its humble beginnings as a shoe repair and junk shop that collected scrap metals and abandoned vehicles after World War II. This entrepreneurial spirit — a legacy bequeathed by the company’s patriarch and founder Nicanor Ramas – Uypitching — also serves as the family’s testament to how they overcame those early years of poverty and extreme hardship through sheer hard work, perseverance and strong determination.
Nicanor’s three older sons — Jose, Segundo, and Antonio — continued operating the business after their father’s demise in 1967. Vowing to “never forget where we came from in order to remind us of who we are and where we want to be,” the brothers have made sure that family members are constantly reminded of their modest origins so that they remain motivated by the same spirit of industry and resolve in continuously improving their lives.
In 1987, a pivotal incorporation by the 4th son, Nicolas, reorganized and paved the way for its growth nationwide as Ramas-Uypitching Sons, Inc. (RUSI) led by grandson, Ernesto. With its focus on Filipino-branded RAM cycles, RUSI has since maintained its position as market leader in the region.
Today, RUSI remains first and foremost a family business where each member is an integral part of a unified whole. This strong family culture has helped the company grow and nurture employees toward a shared vision of corporate excellence through discipline, dedication and diligence. It believes in personal responsibility and holds accountability in high regard, recognizing and rewarding exceptional performance – thus bringing real progress to people.
So this custom bike feature is our last hoorah for 2017, and we’re glad that Mr. Emman Abatayo, gave us the opportunity to feature his ride.
When we asked Mr. Abatayo what inspired him to build his Classic 250 and make it a stand out day to day ride he said, “I follow Cafe Racer Philippines Page, ang lupit ng nga build. Kaya na inspire ako. And noon ko pa talaga gusto magkaroon ng Cafe Racer. Nag start ako sa Classic 250 kasi madali lang e-build, at marami ka magagawang ideas from Brat to Scrambler Cafe.”
“Nung una nag hesitate ako sa rusi. Kasi my first bike is kawasaki. Pero nung tinry ko performance ng classic ok naman pala. Makina, handling, at performance wala akong problema. Kahit long ride.”
Overall this bike highlights class and aesthetics. In terms of performance, some said that the engine is good and can handle battering long rides. We’ve already seen a stock RUSI Classic, and we were able to ride one as well. Kudos to Mr. Abatayo for making this ride a stand out!
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