The Learning Curve: Yamaha XSR 900 Cafe by Coco Moto Manila

We all have something that we are really obsessed with. A fine line between the perfect build and the passion for creating a masterpiece from a stock, boring and out of the box motorcycle. But not this Japanese speed turner.
We met Anton Lau, owner of Coco Moto Manila a few years ago in one of the first bike nights in Ropali Classics.
4 years ago, realizing that doing what one loves is key to happiness, Anton “Coco” Lau decided to drop everything and start building bikes. He first took a welding class. Shortly thereafter he spent another year as an apprentice with a local builder to learn metal-shaping and hone his skills further.
Fast forward to 2020, Anton Lau has almost perfected his craft in shaping metal through the help of Wild Custom and Kratos Custom Cycles.
The Japanese Super Star, Yamaha XSR 900
This Japanese legend was born to rule. The XSR 900 is an authentic performance motorcycle that blends Yamaha triple‑cylinder technology with neo‑retro style.

It blends Yamaha’s world-class engineering with standout neo-retro style, creating a new type of machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Drawing influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles, the XSR oozes class, with exposed aluminum details, retro-influenced bodywork, stepped seat and custom lighting and instrumentation.
The XSR900 features a thrilling 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine based on the FZ-09™. The compact motor offers the best balance of both 2- and 4-cylinder designs, with an exciting, torquey and quick-revving engine character.
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Last year, Anton finally opened his own shop Coco Moto Manila. He was lucky enough to have a brand new Yamaha XSR900 roll into his shop for a custom job. The owner was going to use the Yamaha as a track bike with the intention of riding it to and from the track, so it still had to be street legal. Working closely with the owner, both builder and client agreed on an overall design.
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Coco then started to hand shape an aluminum quarter fairing around clubman handlebars. A bezel was machined to house the stock headlight and an acrylic wind shield bolted on.
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The subframe was treated to a new tail section. Looking more like an aircraft; the tail turned the bike into a single-seater with a seat bump – much needed for the torquey XSR. The belly pan was worked around the engine, pipes, and the rear set. Giving the bike more track specific fairings.
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CocoMoto was satisfied to not put on too much and instead opted to just hand brush all the raw aluminum fairings.  “I wanted it to be track-ready but also look custom when ridden on bike nights” the builder said.
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The Bike now showcases how far CocoMotoManila’s skill and style has evolved – a nod to post WWII hot rodders and custom builders who learned their trade from the aviation industry.
Like Coco Moto Manila on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/coschopshop/
All photos courtesy of At Maculangan.

No Speed Limit: How Kilometers Per Hour (KPH) Throttle its Way to the Philippine Moto Scene

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Starting a brand nowadays will give you a painstaking amount of time and effort to establish. It needs perseverance, passion, and acceptance from the community that you’re targeting. But there are few passionate individuals who strived for the best to be one of the most notable brands for the Philippine custom bike community. It’s a staple tag line for speed nuts and riders, and that’s Kilometers Per Hour.

The kilometers per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of kilometers traveled in one hour. 

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Kilometers Per Hour shifted gears and started a passion project and collaboration between a designer and a photographer. KPH wanted to combine art with their passion for bikes and to create something that people with the same interest would like and relate to.

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Started by two passionate entrepreneurs, Kharren Granada and Jericho Ramos, KPH is a clothing line that caters to the local motorcycle scene. KPH is currently producing bandanas, shirts, and they are working on expanding their products in the future.

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Kilometers Per Hour’s goal is to contribute more life and energy to the motorcycle scene by providing lifestyle wear that is one of a kind and tastefully crafted.

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The lifeline of KPH is the community that it caters to. The custom motorcycle scene is steadily growing and it’s a niche that thrives in creativity and passion of the riders for two wheels.

We will see more of KPH in the Philippine custom bike scene. Let’s support KPH and let’s support local Filipino owned brands.

Instagram account, instagram.com/thekilometersperhour/

Facebook: facebook.com/thekilometersperhour/

 

 

Drogon: A Yamaha Virago 750 Victorian Era Concept Cafe Racer by Kila Adame

Dakila “Kila” Adame’s dream of having his own higher displacement Cafe Racer bike has been fulfilled. After some stumbling blocks and mishaps due to dishonest builders, perseverance and his passion for two wheels prevailed.

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Recently, Kila shared the story of his build in Moto Builds Pilipinas Facebook Group. Here’s what Kila shared.

“I wanted to share with you my humble cafe racer and Wolfy’s big brother, “DROGON” – a legendary Yamaha Virago 750.”

READ: Wolfy: Kila Adame’s SYM Wolf 125 Mid-Sized Brat Cafe

“Probably you have known me before or at least knew my story. For months, I have been rebuilding this motorcycle trying to repair all that was destroyed. And finally, I somewhat managed it.”

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Inspired by the aesthetic of victorian-era combined with retro style, this kind of cafe racer made Kila decide to put again all such uniqueness from his small displacement bike Wolfy and give Drogo a meaner look.

“I wanted to make something that is evocative of the past, yet is something new since this is my first big bike cafe racer that I long dreamt of. So, I decided to change the color of the tank into not just ordinary gray but put back into basic yet styled form of a brushed metal scheme with same logo (some would say it is similar like that of the Witcher’s logo from Netflix) And since, I like putting leathers, I made it to a point to put it all around my virago. From tank armor, to the seat, grip, I made it look like it complements the style, Thanks to superb craftmanship of Sir Chris and Valor of Iron & Hide Custom that made the leather design possible. And adding to that steampunk look, I put a fuel gauge alongside the logo to make it old school.”

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“I would like to thank Sir Hermo who helped me a lot to put new parts with my Virago and to everyone who believed in me.”

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“I am still grateful that even though I have gone through the bad experience of building a cafe racer still, a lot of people gave me moral support through the rough times and made me believe that there are a lot of people who are good in this world.”

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Kila’s concept for his Yamaha Virago 750 has a unique touch, drawing his inspiration from Medieval times, this bike will surely be a head-turner. The stunning leatherwork gave the bike a dragon-like appeal, and with that signature Yamaha V-Twin Engine’s roar, Drogo will surely put up a blaze whenever this bike speeds up on the highway.

Who knows, you might see this bike next year during the Makina Moto Show.

Good job Kila!

Road to Himalayas Project, a Dream Fulfilled

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We embarked on a once in a lifetime journey last August to the Himalayas to conquer one of the highest motorable passes in the world, Khardung La. Together with Zandro Fajardo of OZ Racing and Photographer Jake Verzosa, we experience bliss, trials, and hardship as we scale the desert cold mountains riding the Royal Enfield Himalayan and Bullet 500.

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The journey was off to a good start. We arrived in Leh at 10:00 AM. The sun was shining but the temperature is about 8 degrees. Glare and sun’s radiation might cause damage to our eyes. With the help of Oakley and its Prizm technology, I was able to ride smoothly without any problems in my vision.

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After two months of that adrenaline-pumping adventure, we released the book”Road to Himalayas.” It’s the first-ever adventure riding inspired coffee table book that was published in the Philippines. With the support of our sponsors, Royal Enfield, Dan’s, OZ Racing and Oakley Philippines, we were able to fulfill it.

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Lat November 15, 2019, we officially launched the Road to Himalayas Coffee table book and part one of Road to Himalayas at the Royal Enfield Showroom in Makati together with principals from Royal Enfield in HQ in Chennai, India. They were impressed with the project and they made sure that the book will be seen by their CEO.

Watch out for the part 2 of Road to Himalayas on Royal Enfield Facebook page and Cafe Racer Philippines IGTV @caferacerph.

 

 

Royal Enfield Twins Flat Track unveiled at EICMA 2019

Royal Enfield has unveiled the Twins Flat Track at the ongoing EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy. Royal Enfield Twins Flat Track is among the six custom motorcycles showcased by the two-wheeler maker at the event, with the other five being Nought Tea v1.0, Nought Tea v2.0, Two Smoking Barrels, MJR Roach and Gallinella.

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Royal Enfield Twins Flat Track has been built in collaboration with Harris Performance. The bike is powered by the Royal Enfield Twin (Interceptor and Continental GT) motor and gets a bespoke brazed steel tube frame made specifically for flat track racing.

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Harris Performance has specifically developed chassis parts, including the front forks, of Royal Enfield Twins Flat Track. The motorcycle features like RSD rims, Dunlop flat track tires and S&S silencers. The carbon bodywork was prepared with assistance from the design team at Royal Enfield’s technical centre in the UK.

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Royal Enfield is also showcasing Bullet, Bullet Trials, Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650, Classic and Himalayan at the EICMA 2019. The two-wheeler maker has introduced three new colour options — Rock Red, Lake Blue and Gravel Grey — in Royal Enfield Himalayan as well.

Apart from an array of motorcycles, Royal Enfield’s genuine motorcycle accessories and 2020 apparel collection are also on display at the EICMA 2019.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/

Nothing is Impossible with Fart Monkeez Garage

I’ve known Jonathan, the main man at FMG (Fart Monkeez Garage) for quite some time now and I’m proud to say that this guy really amazed me. From his comic FB post to his unbelievable motorcycle resurrection skills, FMG has become a household name in the motorcycle scene in the Philippines.

One thing that really amaze us is his willingness to come up with “out of these world” ideas on building bikes from scratch. I remember he told me his idea when I visited his shop few months ago and I was blown away when he posted his project few days ago. And I just said to my self, “damn he made it.”

Custom rat ride motorcycle play toy with dry clutch by FMG

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Well, here at cafercacer.ph we value “out of the box” ideas, and this one was beyond the box. It’s a spectacle of flourishing realist concepts that can only be appreciated by those who really have the passion for custom bikes. Literally, ride this and people will ask you how you made it and why???

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Here are some words from FMG himself, Jon Von Hoti.

“Yung rolling chassis nya pare galing sa kawasaki zephyr 550. Kaso yung makina ng Zephyr as in kulang kulang. Nawalan na ng gana yung may ari. Sinubukan namin ibenta as is, kaso pag makina na usapan, walang bumibili. Binigay sa akin yung buong motor ng may ari. Sinabihan nga ako na ipakilo nalang namin yung motor e. Hahaha!” (opening a bottle of ice cold koks)

“Sakto, nung binigay nya sa akin yung motor, meron akong peyks na briggs and stratton na makina galing sa outdoor na pressure washer. Kinahuyan ko yung orig na makina. Kinuha ko yung clutch basket, clutch linings, magneto at stator. And the rest is history. Hahaha! (chugs koks)

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“Matagal ko na gusto gumawa ng kuliglig, pero sabi ko sa sarili ko, ayoko gumawa na mga fan belt ang gamit para paandarin. Gusto ko single speed na dry clutch. Hahaha!” (chugs koks again then burped)

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“Tsaka, ayaw ko gumawa ng motor na pang display lang. dapat napaglalaruan kagaya nyan. Hahaha! Yung nga lang, pang loob ng village lang.” (burped again)

O well, like what we said in the title of this article, nothing is impossible with FMG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand Out TMX 125 Alpha Cruiser Bobber Build by Klasiko Sindikato from Bataan

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Every day, we see tons of newly built customs bikes all-around social media. From Facebook to Instagram, these bikes are everywhere. But there’s one bike that stands out from the rest of this custom culture craze and we definitely gave this one of a kind build a chance to have the limelight and be featured here in caferacer.ph.

Meet the guys from Klasiko Sindikato from Bataan. In the outskirt of the metro lies a unique blend of World War II history and a rich pre- spanish colonial vibe. Bataan is also one of the hidden ride destinations with breathtaking sceneries and mountainside roads. It is also the home of Ride for Valor event that commemorates the Bataan death march.

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We had a brief chat with the Klasiko Sindikato’s main man, Regin King Jorge Andres, the brains behind this elegant Honda TMX 125 Alpha Cruiser Bobber build.

“One day, my friend and I were chatting at his shop about the recent build we did for our recent customer. And then he asked me if I can do a build for him because he got a free bike that his not using that time. That was his bike in tracker build.”

“Jherry was a good friend of mine and without hesitation, I grabbed the opportunity to build a bike for him and for his shop. The bike was proposed as a display piece at the same time a bike that will be showcased in his shop.”

3“He then right away gave me the leisure of freedom to design and build the bike. We both decided to make a bobber build that has its own identity and will separate it from the others.”

“I decided why don’t I incorporate some parts from different kinds of classic motorcycles and automotives. Back in the days, I got my Volkswagen beetle that hangs from the yard and suddenly I saw my old air cleaner from my beetle.”

“I’ve decided to add it to the build. To give it more pop, we made springer forks using Honda c70 parts. I cut the frame in half and make a rigid frame the will suit the engine size.”

“The only struggle I’ve encountered was building the bike alone. I shaped and bent metals from hammer with my own hands. Doing all the works from layouts to fabrication. And the trickiest part is how to make it nice even when I’m lacking in tools to make some other parts that I needed for the build.”

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See this TMX 125 Alpha Cruiser Bobber and meet the guys from Klasiko Sindikato at the Annual Monkey Throttle Kustom Cult Bike Show this weekend at Cainta, Rizal.

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Visit the official event page of this event, CLICK HERE.

A Dream Ride that was Fulfilled, Conquering the Highest Roads in the Himalayas

We still can’t comprehend the magnitude of what went down during our trip to the Himalayas.

That memorable experience had a great impact to ourselves riding the highest roads in the world, stories of our struggles to acclimatize, meeting new friends and seeing this side of the world differently.

18,380 ft above sea level. Khardung La with my Michael Eijansantos, Jake Verzosa and Zandro Fajardo
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So if you are planning to ride to the highest motorable roads in the future, I mean the roads leading to Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Fatula top and of course Changla and Khardung La, you need to seriously prepare your self for this once in a lifetime adventure ride.

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Here are the five things I learned before and after the ride.

  1. The road that we’re riding into is just a speck of dust in the world out there.

I mean, there’s more to riding MARILAQUE or SAGADA. Try to think big and try to set a long term goal ride for your self. Aside from that, you will learn tons of things about life that we live in. Burst that bubble and learn to appreciate life. It’s not always about the speed, trust me.

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Travel and find time to make your dreams come true. If not now when? When you’re old enough not to survive a two-thirds of Oxygen level 10,000 ft above sea level? Or set a goal, stop smoking and save up for the best ride of your life.

2. There’s more to life than living everyday stressed out because of daily traffic jams in the metro.

Seriously, yes we still live in a bubble when we are in the metro, try to explore the countryside and you will see the difference and appreciate those who live in the province. Traffic is not a source of stress for the people who lives in the province. The same thing I learned in the Himalayas, Life there has a big difference where we live in. Food is different and most important, internet is slow or no connection at all.

Take time to have long rides, it’s a good way to disconnect from a stressful environment like Metro Manila.

3. Roads are not always paved so learn to ride offroad.

When we were out there in the mountains of the Himalayas, we were riding together with a group from a middle eastern nation and it’s their first time to ride in a badly beaten road or no roads at all. In their country, they have the smoothest asphalt paved road in the world. Now after our ride, they consider riding more offroads, and yes they considered to buy dirt bikes and the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The traction-less environment like fire roads and back roads will definitely help you become a good rider, you should learn from the best in the industry like Mel Aquino’s Offroad Training Camp in Antipolo. Trust me it works.

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Just like our everyday lives, it’s not always a smooth ride after all so learn to tackle bumpy roads along the way.

4. Just dream and work for it.

Sometimes we tend to be okay with what we have in the present. We are not motivated enough to take on the challenges that go with it. Sadly, we are just contented with what we already have not knowing that we could attain our dreams if we really work hard for it or if you could create something out of nothing and present it to someone who has the same passion as yours. That’s one in a million though, but frankly, just be a risk-taker. If you fall, get back up and go back to the drawing board and start all over again. If you hit the jackpot, maintain your status, be humble and be open to help out others in achieving their dreams without asking for anything in return.

5. Everything happens for a reason, and that reason is in the masterplan of God for your life.

Our goal was to have a humbling experience out there in the snowy peak of the Himalayas and to document this once in a lifetime ride. So we decided to come up with a book, a tangible testament of this monumental experience of our lives riding the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Bullet 500. More details about this project soon, just wait for our announcement on our social media networks.

In my opinion, God put everything into place. He is the source of our success and achievements. But you really need to work hard for it. Don’t stop dreaming, work hard, keep your self healthy and believe that someday you will be able to ride and reach the highest motorable roads in the world.

This trip is not be possible without the support of these following sponsors.

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Thank you guys! Juley!

 

Royal Enfield Desert Runner 650 Interceptor by The Revival

We couldn’t stop our selves from drooling over this Royal Enfield 650 Inteceptor. Our dirt side just kicked in and we just decided to share this beautiful piece here. The Desert Runner, a Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 built by Alan Stulberg’s crew at Revival Cycles in Texas.

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The guys from the Revival were immediately struck by the quality of the new twin—a step ahead of anything Royal Enfield had built before. “This was a machine that everyone in the workshop could see putting into daily use,” says Alan. “The other thing worth considering when assessing Royal Enfield is that nobody sells more motorcycles worldwide these days than they do. Nobody.”

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READ MORE HERE: http://www.bikeexif.com/royal-enfield-interceptor-650-scrambler/

A little teaser telling the visual story of building “Revival’s Royal Enfield Desert Runner” and racing it in the 2 day off-road desert race from Los Angeles to Barstow to Las Vegas last November.

See a full description and photo gallery here: https://revivalcycles.com/motorcycle-…

The Himalayan Story

Raw, rugged and simple. That’s the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Let’s look back on how the Himalayan was conceptualized and born into one of the most iconic and successful mid-sized ADV bikes in the market today.

This video explains how all the natural aspects of the Himalayas contributed to the making of a purpose-built, go-anywhere motorcycle. Presenting, the all-new Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Get your Himalayan at STKD, send them a message, https://www.facebook.com/StkdSurfMoto/