When one’s vision and perspective turns into a reality, it can be a very powerful tool and motivation that tells you are in the right track. Custom bike building is is a pretty daunting task, not so often that the idea in your head will turn out the way you want it to turn out. It requires you to have patience and will to learn continuously.
“The Cola Project” is one beautiful modern retro café racer bike built by La Garahe Classic Custom MC of Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao.
Shop owner, a young 22 year old Shiegfred Phyle Dichos said that he got the style inspiration from the 1980’s Honda CB production bikes but adding a twist of the modern era.
Almost every part of the donor TMX 125 Alpha bike was modified and changed including the chassis, the only thing that’s left stock was the engine but it also received a custom paint job. Phil did a great job on frame by using a triangular minimalist style.
The seat cowl was also handmade and houses the battery inside.
The front suspension is from a Honda TMX 155 for that beefier front end look coupled with a Honda XRM front hub and a big aftermarket rotor disc.
Both front and rear are disc brakes converted for that extra stopping power. We also find it aesthetically pleasing.
LED tail lights with brake lights, park lights and signal indicators were utilized for minimalistic styling paired with a classic round headlight.
With all the modifications done to the bike including paint, Phil said that it took him about a month to complete this beautiful café racer for one of his customer.
We also asked Phil for any advices he can give to those who are leaning toward building their own custom bike and he said: “You have to set your goals, it’s the start of everything. Manage your time properly, stay low and reach high, keep learning, continuous study is a must!”
For a young builder like Phil, He sure have the skills and vision to be a contender in the custom bike building industry locally. The “Cola Project” is one proof that vision and hardwork produce results. And, “You are never too young or too old to be able to build, you just have to have the heart for it,” said Phil.