Images captured by Sam Stonemortar using Go Pro. Thanks buddy.
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, the 200 cc T20 Tiger Cub designed by Edward Turner and launched at the Earls Court show in November 1953 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.
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.
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.
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!
Another bike that have been Kerkus’ed by us is this KTN GP125cc. The bike came to us when the owner had an accident with the bike. She accidently hit a pot hole and fell causing a dent rim and few scratches on the handlebars and suspension plus broken foot rest. She decided to change the overall look of the bike and make it as black as possible.
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When we first saw this bike we instantly vision it as a modern tracker hipster style bike rather than a café racer style. With the small engine and the lightness of the bike, it is more suitable to go ahead with tracker style. Client also mentioned that it’s her daily ride to work in the city, so a comfortable seat, raised handlebars and suitable seating position should be the best option.
We didn’t like the stock USD fork and the 17” sportrims that this bike has at the first place. It’s kind of out of proportion because the bike is fairly small and skinny; suddenly you have this big USD fork which we think is not necessary. So that was the first thing in mind that we want to change to traditional telescopic fork. So we swapped the whole front end with a Yamaha RXZ 135 complete with the triple 3s, fork, hub, disc brake, brake calliper and fitted it with an 18” Racing Boy spokes rim in black anodized colour. The tire from Swallow 18” – 4.0. Front fender has been shortened from the stock fender and fixed with custom bracket.
The headlight is using aftermarket parts, powder coated in gloss black and tinted with yellow effect. Handlebars have been replaced with aftermarket 22” wide scrambler bar giving it a comfortable riding position. Brake and clutch lever as well as the switches remain stock. The ignition key has been relocated under the tank with custom bracket. The tank is stock, however have been lifted up to make it aligned throughout from the tank all the way to the seat. The tank has been painted in gloss black, with a matte black lining at the bottom. A hand written “Kerkus” were requested on both side of the tank in gold colour.
The stock rear end was too long, so we decided to cut and shortened it by 3”. We then make a custom seat pan with 2” foam and upholstery it with dark brown PVC for the seat. Client requested to have a seat that can fit 2 people as she plans to bring her friend or boyfriend for a ride. Rear fender has been custom made to hold the aftermarket rear light + no plate.
The rear hub is using same Yamaha RXZ135 hub with drum brake. The same 18” Racing Boy spokes rim and 18”-4.0 Swallow tire has been used for the rear end setup. The rim has been installed with custom bushing to fit the stock swing arm.
The engine was in good condition as it is actually a new bike. We only change the stock carburettor as the stock one was faulty. A brand new TS 125 carburettor and a few setting did the job. The airbox have been remained just the side panel have been painted in matte black. The footrest has also been replaced to an aftermarket footrest with a nice finishing. The muffler exhaust has been removed and painted in hi temp black. Sound of the exhaust can really turns head.
All in all, this KTN GP125 has been designed and planned to be as simple and as minimal as possible. We love to see simple lines of this bike, matched with chuncky tires really make this bike stands out from others. For us, this should be a perfect bike for cruising around the city with style. Therefore I would say it’s a tracker hipster style bike, in a good way.
Our no. 11 build, a powerful Yamaha SR400 is in progress. Special request from the owner, Mr. Altimet to have it painted in Gulf design. Most part of the bike will be in black. There are some special features that will be included in this build as well. Here are some photos of the current progress.
Naked13caferacer is an active group here in Kuala Lumpur. They are not the pioneer nor the ‘otai’, they are just a bunch of caferacer enthusiast and actively riding around with their leathers and caferacer bikes. Kerkus was always part of naked13caferacer, alongside with Rocken and Cangkung Malaya. Here are some nice photos taken by Shaiful Azre during recent November Riding Outing. Cheers.