Bike Feature: ‘War Hammer’ Chopper from a 2004 Yamaha Crypton Z by Rob Malapitan | Anghel ng Lansangan



Bringing back the good ol’ chopper days where it all began. If we were to trace back the history of Philippine Custom Culture and Lifestyle, all paths lead to Anghel ng Lansangan. A family that has passed the passion through generations, a passion that sparked all the way back in the 1970’s.


Rob had been inspired by his family to ride and build as well. Took a lot of inspiration from his grandfather’s bike and started to make a project using every bit of the penny, working on off-shifts, looking to build a proportional, favoring function over looks, without having to look too ridiculous. Staying true to the purpose of riding, and not for show is what fuels him to make his dream bike come true.



Head Turning, Yet Reliable | Yamaha Crypton Z 2004 Chopper


“..The bike started as a concept back in 2009 as a beat up Yamaha underbone a 2004 model Crypton Z ,I wanted a head turning ride that is cheap to maintain and operate with a reliable engine. Something that I can use everyday. knowing my Fathers custom building history back in the 70’s i asked for his help for this project…” Rob shared us.




“..we started from scratch and drawing inspiration from my grand father’s 1942 Harley Davidson WLA, Indian Larry and Easy rider’s Captain America. We also want to make sure that the bike would be no trailer queen, and it would look very proportional since we have noticed a lot of builds with exaggerated proportions that it looked ridiculous..”




“..With those goals being noted we were dead set on making it a reality, Since I work 5 days a week we could only work on the bike during my 2 days off. We needed to be resourceful since I am on a limited budget, for example a rear wide tire would cost me a fortune while a similar sized car tire would only cost a fraction..”




“..building the bike we didn’t cut corners specially on the ride-ability of the bike, like the rear suspension although it’s easier to make a rigid that’s nice to look at but a b*tch to ride we opted for the soft tail rear suspension with the mono shock hidden from sight using the dummy oil tank, we also made sure the 45 degrees of rake for the front forks would give us a trail that would make the ride steady even when turning..”




“..scrap steel plates were utilized and cut for mounting the engine and supports, made a side ward facing manifold couple with a big ass air cleaner sourced from automobiles, Also added a Balisong for the hand shifter..Handle bars were set high enough so my arms are parallel with the ground when riding, forward foot controls were also customized for me so my legs would not be cramped, the Sportster fuel tank was donated by by dad’s friend…”






“..the right side drive hub with combination sprocket rotor was also meticulously fabricated by my dad, It took us 1 year to build the raw finished bike running and very rusty and I was happy on how it turned out, used a rattle can paint temporarily until I had enough funds to have it power coated , painted and chromed, eventually we were also able to add the Indian Larry inspired Chain link springer forks with home machined steel risers…”




Built To Last. For Function, Not for Display

“..basically the only thing that is not custom fabricated on the bike is the seat, tank and engine, Being true to it’s purpose I have been riding the bike for almost 6 years now, clocked in almost 50k kilometers on it, I still enjoy riding it, riding it to almost every bike event available, to work and a lot of out of town trips..”




“..been to Baguio, Aritao Quezon province, Batangas, Zambalez, Bataan, Nueva Viscaya etc. because of that I named it “War Hammer” because the bike and it still keeps on pounding regardless of the destination..”




“..For us at Anghel ng Lansangan it was bringing the good old chopper days back. And we always make sure that all the bikes we build are rideable and not a display/props..”



All photos courtesy of Robby Malapitan | Anghel ng Lansangan




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Words by Maki Aganon