Motorstar MSX 150 Turned into a Café Racer

Date posted on December 2, 2021
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John Adrian Oronan from Angeles City made a café racer out of his Motorstar MSX 150. He got modification ideas from magazines especially InsideRACING.

Also known as Dusti Customs, he has a collection of IR Magazines and merchandise he got when he attended IR events in Pampanga since 2009. John Adrian started modifying bikes in 2005. He is a motor and auto diesel mechanic and aside from customizing bikes, he also likes collecting toy Gundam figures.

John Adrian with IR Nation’s Mr. Al Camba

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John Adrian’s Motorstar MSX 150 café racer was built in his garage using surplus parts. It uses MSX 150 engine and chassis while the inverted shock is from an MSX 125. The bike has a Kawasaki HD3 fuel tank, Motorstar Z200 mags, transformer handlebars, Asia oil cooler, Keihin 28 carburetor, customized swing arm, Domino quick throttle and customized shifter.

John Adrian’s Motorstar MSX 150 before customization

“Medyo mahirap dahil sa ginamit ko na base bike, from enduro to café racer. Malaki ang kailangan na adjustment. I just gathered parts before I started this project. Then ang daming pumasok sa isip ko na mga ideas. It took me almost 2 years to finish this bike. It’s my first bike and my first time also to join the Gentleman’s Ride 2021. Every time I go out with this bike, everyone who sees it gave me thumbs up. It is an eye-catching bike and it amazes and makes me smile. It challenged me a lot because of the limited parts that I need since there are lockdowns,” shared John Adrian who customizes bikes depending on his needs, preference and convenience. “Bike modification/customization brings me joy and fulfillment. It is my stress reliever every time I look at them in my garage,” he added.

John Adrian reminds fellow and aspiring builders that modifying bikes is not a joke. There are many things to consider and calculations must be made and you have to have finances for a project. “Modifying is not cheap as you think. Pero enjoy nyo lang ang pagbi-build as long hindi masa-sacrifice ang safety nyo. Safety first,” he said.

He now has another project but he is still undecided if it will be a café racer or scrambler. When it is finished, John Adrian will share his project bike to his social media accounts.

“I want to thank God for giving me strength and knowledge, my family, my wife Catherine Oronan and my children Stacy Nathalie and Dusti Dane for supporting me on my hobbies. Special thanks to my welder Mariel Intal and Rey Salas of R.G.E. Iron Works, Dan Pascual for the electrical, Bob Torres for hydraulics and bro Mitch Guanzon. Thank you,” expressed John Adrian.

• Engine and chassis – Motorstar MSX 150
• Inverted shock – Motorstar MSX 125
• Fuel tank – Kawasaki HD3
• Mags – Motorstar Z200
• Handlebar – Transformer
• Oil cooler – Asia
• Carburetor – Keihin 28
• Swingarm – customized
• Accelerator – Domino quick throttle
• Shifting – customized shifter

photos provided by John Adrian Oronan

This was published in InsdeRACING Magazine Volume 19 Number 7 issue

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