Optimus Prime-inspired Extreme Suzuki Raider from Batangas

Date posted on December 3, 2020
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The bike is owned by Isagani Vergara from Barangay Maria Paz in Tanauan City.
He is a seafarer who got into modifying bikes since 2017.

The whole concept of the bike was inspired by Optimus Prime. “Pinili namin itong concept at theme na ito para maging kakaiba yung motor namin sa paningin ng tao, hindi ordinaryong bikes lang na palagi nakikita. Sa movie nila, si Optimus ay cool, unique, with a sense of leadership, fighter, et cetera. Ibig sabihin gusto namin na  parang lagi syang on the lead from other bikes,” said Isagani.

“Before we built Optimus, na-inspire kami dun sa pamangkin namin na nagka¬car show then sya yung nagsabi sa amin na setup-an yung motor. Then nag brain¬storming kami and nabuo yung concept na Optimus. First family lang yung team but nung pinapaganda na yung mga specs and everything, dun na pumasok yung mga professionals na gumagawa ng mga airbrush, etc. at dun na kami naging isang buong team,” he added.

The bike is the amalgamation of efforts by Allanwerks, Tabong kinyworks and Team Optimus.

“The most satisfying aspect of this hobby is being acknowledged. Yung unti-unting nakikilala yung ginawa naming motor tapos napaparangalan pa. Ayun yung pinaka fulfilling na part ng pagiging bike modifier. Modifying bikes is a very big challenge. First is budget. Di biro ang gastos sa modification. Dapat lahat ng parts nya ibabase sa theme concept mo. Maraming challenge pero kung mahal mo ang ginagawa mo, walang impossible kaya nabuo namin ang bike na ito,” expressed Isagani.

The bike sports a wide array of custom-made parts such as the custom- made hubless wheels (rear) fitted with 4 tires, custom-made hubless wheels (front) fitted with 2 tires, custom-made fiberglass seat, custom-made 6-barrel exhaust system, custom-made front disk rotors, custom-made swing arm to accommodate the super wide wheel, custom LED lights (7 colors), custom modified Optimus Prime head (headlight), custom-made hand grips, custom-made front suspension system, and custom-made alloy spikes which adorn the sides of the bike. It also sports aftermarket parts and accessories such as Rizoma and Bikers frame sliders, Rizoma brake and clutch levers, Racing Boy rear set, dual Brembo caliper at the front, custom airbrush and custom engine cover with autobot emblem.

“I would like to thank the sponsors, crew and builders we collaborated with to build this bike: VCM family, Team Allanwerks, Team Graphter, Spiggyworkz, Team Optimus, Dabhandshop, Bong, Kiny, Jed, Jervic, and Jophat. Special thanks to my family, Tatay and Inay for your full support always when Optimus goes to battle, to my brothers and sisters, Team Optimus, to all my friends, VCM family, idol Allanwerks, idol Ian Lester De Ramos, idol Mark Alvin Lucero Rubion, Balong and Raprapworks, All Star Nation family, Team Dabhand, Paintstop shop, and idol Kim Bryan Canlobo.Thank you so much InsideRACING Magazine for featuring my show bike. More power to InsideRACING Nation,” Isagani shared.

This was publish in InsideRACING Magazine’s Volume 18 Number 5

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