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Honda CX 500 Caferacer (Progress)

Its been a while since i last blog. A lot happening around the workshop. However my 2017 resolution is to update this blog more frequent so that you guys can get more updates on whats happening around. But mostly will be photos. For now, lets start with our Honda CX500 progress. Tank just came back from paintjob done by AziziSpray. Nicely done with the matte black strip at centre of the tank and a bit of gold lining on the side. Tires also installed with stock cx500 rims finish with gloss black and Swallow Classic rubber on both front and back.

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The Kerkus Garage

Images captured by Sam Stonemortar using Go Pro. Thanks buddy.

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Triumph T20 Tigercub Tracker

The Triumph Tiger Cub was a 200 cc single-cylinder British motorcycle made by Triumph Motorcycles at their Meridenfactory. Based on the Triumph T15 Terrier 150 cc, itself a surprise announcement just before the 1952 show,[2] the 200 cc T20 Tiger Cub designed by Edward Turner and launched at the Earls Court show in November 1953[5] competed well against the other small-capacity motorcycles of the time, such as those using Villiers two-stroke engines. Source: Wikipedia

This 1963 T20 Tigercub have been purchased by us 3 years ago as part of our workshop decoration but only 1 year ago we decided that this bike deserved to be on the road again with a bit of Kerkus touch. It was not  a complete bike at the beginning, with lots of rusted parts, fork and rear suspensions need replacement, broken seat, the famous skirt fender was still intact (not a fan of it…), original carb have been replaced & etc2. The engine to our surprise was still in good condition, but still need some minor tweaking.

We did a bit of a study on what can be done to this bike, and straight away fell in love with its scrambler/tracker style that have been done widely. We can see a potential lightweight street/town bike that can swerve around traffic jams and at the same time have much power on it.

So the build begins. As usual, the bike have been stripped down to its bare bone. Any unwanted brackets have been removed and the frame have been painted with gloss black PU paint. Engine was given a different treatment with polished engine casing and hi temp black paint on the engine block. The contact point cover was missing, so we commissioned Bigcat to replicate a new one using aluminum and decided to have a bit of fun by having our Kerkus logo etched on it. We knew that we needed the fork to be changed, and we were lucky enough there was a good condition Honda S90 fork laying around the garage, so we tried to fix it together and to our surprise, we love it.The fork have been replaced  complete with triple 3 and front hub from the Honda S90. We fitted 18″spoke rims front and back with a pair of Swallow SB135 classic tires.

The seat have been replaced with a slimmer custom seat. The seat pan have been made in house while the upholstery was done by Hamdan Keramat. The rear fender have been replaced with a shorter custom made fender finish in gloss black and at the back, a new rear light have been installed together with the license plate. The rear height have raised by replacing it with a longer local brand suspension in chrome finish. The tank was also been given a new colour scheme. Well at first, it was a combination of dark grey & black, but we didn’t like it, so we repainted it to orange mustard on top with light grey at the bottom, thanks to Azizi Spray. It was perfect, with a Triumph logo on the side of the tank. The original tank pad have been teared into pieces, so we decided to make a new one using faux leather with a custom design.

We wanted the bike to have that tracker feel on it, so we decided to do an upswept exhaust system. Again, our good friend from Mansur Exhaust helped us out to do the job. They did a stainless steel manifold, and the muffler (original) painted in Hi-temp black to give some contrast. The aluminum exhaust cover was done by Bigcat and we loved the raw brushed finish on it. The handlebar was a bit challenging as we didn’t really know which type that can look perfect of it. We tried a wide tracker handlebar, but feels weird bout it. 1 night as we were discussing on it, we were standing beside a junk Yamaha YB100 and realised that this stock YB100 handlebar was pretty cool. It looks like a bmx handlebar and we quickly put it on to the Tigercub. We smiled and agreed. To match the handlebar, we put on a small gloss black headlight with yellow tint and painted the fork the same colour as the headlight.

Overall, we were quite happy with the finish product. This build did took us quite some time as we had to moved to 2 different garage earlier this year. But we determined to finish it because this bike really deserved to be back on the road again and hopefully will last for another 10-15 years down the road.

Cheers.

 

CMC 400 TRacker MAKEOVER

For those who is wondering whats a CMC400, its a new brand thats getting much attention here in Malaysia. With a on the road price around rm18,000++, powered with 400cc engine, its a reasonable price for new bikers or even for oldtimers who wants to upgrade cc. Design is about the same as Honda CB400ss. Bike is made in China with some parts from Taiwan. Overall design is following the classic/retro look motorbikes, which makes it quite flexible to customize it. We have done 2 of this CMC400 and this is 1 of it with a tracker style.

Enjoy.

FEATURED!

Our Suzuki GS550 caferacer recently have been featured in the Return Of The Caferacer website. such an honour. Click at the link below to view the full story:

Suzuki GS550 Caferacer

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Recent Ride to Putrajaya

So last week we visited Putrajaya to have a look at the place for the upcoming DGRKL 2016 event. As usual DGRKL will be on September 2016.

Photos taken using Fujifilm X20.

Cheers.

Triumph Tigercub Progress

This build will be finishing soon. A tracker style for the Triumph Tigercub. Many thanks to Bigcat MotorArt for helping us out on finishing this bike. More details will be out soon.

Photo taken using Fujifilm X20.

Cheers.

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Suzuki GS550 caferacer Taking Fresh Air at Playground

Yesterday, we took the Suzuki GS550 caferacer to the playground for some fresh air. We needed the fresh air too. The bike behave like a good boy. Gonna bring him to the playground again soon when the bike fully complete. Thanks to Jols Coffee for being around.

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THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMANS RIDE KUALA LUMPUR 2015

The much awaited event, DGR have finally ended last Sunday 27th Sept 2015. For Kuala Lumpur, nearly 600 riders joined the parade. Kuala Lumpur also manage to raised fund around $940  for the Prostate Cancer Research. Although the weather was quite bad as the haze worsen on that day, these dapper gentlefolks risked their life to come and participate in this fun and meaningful event. The organizer, Naked13CafeRacer, however shorten the ride period so that everyone can reach to the final point as soon as possible to avoid exposure to the bad haze.

The starting location for DGRKL this year was amazing. with the aircraft and hanger as backdrop, the TUDM Museum at Sg. Besi was the perfect location for such meaningful event. For some reason I think that the dapper gentlefolk and aircraft blend in together. Police escort for this year was also amazing. 11 outriders calmly escorted the parade. We salute them. The only check point which was The Garage KL also was a blast. The nice design and architecture of the structure really makes the scenery more lively. Riders we served with good food and drinks. Last stop was the Pavillion Bukit Bintang, 1 of the famous shopping centre in KL. I think everyone was thankful to have the final stop here as everyone needed that cooling atmosphere in the Pavillion. The event ended with a blast where The Most Distinguished Gentleman was selected by 1 of the sponsor; Saccor Brothers and the winner got himself a bespoke custom suit.

Photo by ShaifulAzre.

 

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Honda CBX750 Caferacer Featured in Pipeburn

Thanks again to Pipeburn for featuring our Honda cbx750 caferacer in their latest entry on their website. Head down to their website at Pipeburn.com to view it! Thanks again for the support!

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