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Mini-chop: A stable gold Kawasaki W175 from West Java

The Indonesian customized scene is a wealthy seam of gold, and this compact chop from Tole Motorworks is 24-carat perfection. It’s based mostly on the Kawasaki W175, and never surprisingly, picked up an award on the large native present Kustomfest.

The W175 is a kind of bikes from the massive Japanese producers that we by no means see within the West. It’s a step up from the same old no-frills commuter machines, and blends old fashioned styling with a dependable 13 hp air-cooled single.

Numerous W175s in Southeast Asia get personalized after the guarantee has expired, normally with paint-by-numbers ‘cafe racer’ makeovers. However there’s additionally a thriving chopper subculture for W175s, and that’s the course Tole has gone in.

The workshop relies within the mountain resort metropolis of Bogor and is a one-man operation run by 25-year-old Febrian Ramadhan. He doesn’t have a laboratory-level workshop or a CAD workstation, however he is aware of how one can weld frames and beat metallic.

Febrian is helped by his English-speaking brother Ghifara, who gave us an perception into how Tole began. “He was homeschooled as a result of obtained he bullied, after which went to the Hendriansyah Velocity Store for coaching in engine mechanics.”

“That was the place he obtained the nickname ‘Tole,’ which implies ‘Boy’ in Javanese. He was the youngest trainee there; the others had been of their late 20s or early 30s.” Febrian really constructed his first bike when he was 15 (and we’ve seen the snapshots of him working at residence, welding sparks and all).

However again to this Kawasaki. It bears little resemblance to the manufacturing unit W175, and appears an excellent half-century older than it truly is. It helps that the entrance of the body is a single down tube, however the again half is totally new and is extra akin to a classic hardtail.

“We went for a ‘British chopper’ silhouette,” says Ghifara. “Because the engine is simply 175 cc, we needed to maintain the construct compact and slim. We chopped out 80% of the body and recreated the remaining.”

Wheels are important to getting that classic chopper stance, so Febrian has gone for an F21/R19 setup, utilizing slim Akront rims. The tires are a slender 160 part on the entrance and 195 on the rear.

The entrance disc brake is gone—which meant fashioning a brand new entrance hub in aluminum too. And the rear drum brake is now on the left aspect, to scrub up the view on the (customized) exhaust aspect of the W175.

Febrian’s metalworking abilities are to the fore on the peanut tank, which is impeccably crushed and garnished with a basic ‘W’ badge, based mostly on the W800 design.

Tole’s shopper Omar requested for a gold end on the W175, and named the bike Cahaya Ilahi—which in Indonesian means ‘Divine Gentle.’ The paint was outsourced to native professional Bronx Kustompaint, and the tender metallic glow is classy.

Febrian has additionally fabricated a brand new tire-hugging rear fender, and an under-seat field to hide the minimal electrics.

There’s an interesting simplicity to this construct, as a result of it’s one thing of a misplaced artwork within the West—the place customized retailers are constrained by punitive laws, pervasive electronics and the price of advertising. Sadly, bikes like this are a dying breed.

Tole Motorworks Instagram | Pictures by Ghifara Prayudha, with because of Hendra Prathama

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