From Rat to Brat: “JL” Yamaha XS250 Brat Cafe by Jerome Cabales and Louise Branzuela from Maasin City, Southern Leyte



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