Visual Stories: Backyard Built Custom Honda TMX155 from Naga City, Bicol

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Remember this bike posted online, with a ‘rattan’ handmade seat used for a custom Honda TMX155 Cafe?

 

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Well, we saw this one parked in Catanduanes, during the CRB held every year, making a surf, skate and music fest in the ‘Happy Island. Parked on the tents nearby, we saw the bike and we were quickly referred to Boyet Abrenica from Naga, Bicol.

 

Life must be hard for Boyet, sourcing parts for his custom bike, but that didn’t stop him from finishing this project. He shared us that he went through countless trial and error phase, burning a hole in his pocket. But persistence, willingness to learn and determination were were key attributes that propelled him to his next project already.

 

 

Trial And Error and the Internet

 

Boyet shared us that his project started off with a rotting ‘ex-tricycle’ Honda TMX155 converted to CDI, and was able to garner help from people on the mechanics and framework.

 

“..May tao lang ako sa metal works..tsaka bayaw kong mekaniko..nakuha ko ang motor na sobrang luma na sobrang makalawang. Tmx 155 sya. Yung contact point converted na sa cdi. Tricycle sya dati…kinukuha ko ang mga pyesa sa mga nagbebenta sa facebook, mga group na nag ka-cafe racer..”

 

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“..Isa akong graphic artist dito sa naga…una kong vintage helmet…binili ko kay Noel Martin..kasama ng tail light ng motor. Mahirap ang first build na ito..trial and error…sobrang magastos…paulit ulit pagbili ng pyesa tsaka repainting..”

 

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“..Ang gulong walang mahanap din dito sa Bicol..so..sa Manila din binibili..pupunta pa ng Manila para sa gulong lang..para makita eksakto ang size and thread ng gulong. Ang mga emblem at sticker ng logo handmade ko lang..”

 

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“..Google, Facebook at Pinterest, generally Internet ang mga inspiration ko sa build. Pero sobrang nainspire ako ng pagpunta ko sa Bali..Deus Ex Machina..na parang gusto ko na agad magbuo ng sarili ko din pagkauwi ko agad ng pilipinas..”

 

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“..Meron akong mga tao sa advertising shop ko..welder na gumagawa sa binibigay ko specs..Bayaw ko din mekaniko..nagpatulong ako na linisan at ibaba ang makina ng motor…Sobrang hindi ako nagsisi nung ibenta ko sa friend ko ying motor..sobrang inalagaan nya din..mas inalagaan nya pa nga kesa nung nasa akin..”

 

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“..At di pa rin nagsisi kasi nakakatulong na din tuloy mag share ng Cafe Racer Culture dito sa Bicol..para dumami na kami dito…”

 

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Like the Bike? Ask more about it.

Visit Boyet Abrenica’s Facebook Page

 

 

Words by Maki Aganon

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