"We don't have too many old motorcycles lying around in Singapore and they are pretty expensive to buy. Even mopeds such as a Honda Cub (C70) can easily be priced around of $4000 Singapore dollars ($3300USD) which doesn't make any sense. With this bike a customer came to us requesting a Cafe Racer build that would be a reliable daily commuter. We stumbled upon a mid '90s Honda CM125 and while many here saw the stock version of the bike as something odd (neither a cruiser nor a road bike), we took it up as a challenge to see how we could improve its appearance (The dual pipes had some part to play in us choosing this bike too)."
"The bike was stripped down completely and the stock frame underwent a rigorous clean up. We had to level the back part of the frame so it runs straight with the front portion, making it less cruiser-ish. Unnecessary tabs were ground off to make the bike look really clean and minimal. In order to get the cafe racer line right, the swing arm also needed some extension work."
"A seat under-tray was created to hold all the electrical components such as batteries, ignition, wires, etc. so nothing sticks out from the bike. We also went with the open pod air filter to keep the bike as bare as possible. The new front end came off a Honda Phantom TA200 chosen because it was wide enough for us to fit the Firestone Deluxe Champion rubber. We knew right from the start that we need to put those fat tires on. Clip-on bars were used and we selected the Biltwell Thruster grips to match the diamond patterned seat we had made."
"The grilled headlamp and tail lamp style is commonly used on chopper/bobber builds so we wanted to mix it up a bit by using these on our Cafe Racer, the brass details also worked nicely to compliment the black paint scheme. Finally the tank was taken off an old Yamaha RXK, reshaped and retrofitted onto the frame. The shape was perfect for the structure and our leather center strap finished it all off with a nostalgic Cafe Racer feel."
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