Date posted on April 13, 2021
This RUSI Classic 250 that was rebuilt into a Scrambler is owned by George Apiag Jr., a supervisor in a manufacturing company based in Cebu. The bike was built by TH Custom Build Cycles headed by retro-classic bike builder extraordinaire Ricardo “Titing” Tampus Jr. who also happens to be his brother in-law.
The Scrambler type bike traces its roots back in the 1920’s when British riders raced across mixed terrains. It’s the kind of bike that can function as a daily driver on paved roads but still functions as a highly capable bike for off-road or trail riding on the weekends. The Scrambler bike just captures the essence of freedom on the open road when riding your bike. With a Scrambler, you are not hindered by the limitations of a road bike or a pure off-road bike. It is the best of both worlds.
“I decided to go for the RUSI Classic 250 as a base bike for this project because of its dual disc brake, 250cc engine, USD front suspension system, adjustable rear suspension and most of all its affordable price. It was the logical choice for me as it did not compromise our family budget and I can allocate more funds for the needed parts of the Scrambler project. Every time me and my wife visit his brother’s (Titing) house (THCBC HQ) I always had the opportunity to see his latest builds. Every time we went there I keep seeing new custom build bikes whether it was café racers, bobbers, scramblers, trackers or cubs. Eventually I was hooked and I got more and more fascinated with this custom bike culture,” George narrated.
The bike already has an USD front suspension system and adjustable rear suspension system. It was a perfect platform for a Scrambler build. It now sports 3.50 (front) and 4.25 (rear) SPD racing rims. The team wanted the bike to look big and imposing so they used beefy Speedtech dual-sport tires (front and rear). The bike chassis was custom-modified with a Brat style seat with integrated LED brake lights and turn signals. It also sports custom-made front and rear tire fenders. It has sports low riser pro-taper handle bars with Rizoma clamps. The team also installed retro-styled LED headlights, SEC bar end side mirrors and aftermarket retro hand grips. The bike features custom-made leather seats and a custom classic (70’s-inspired) paint job for the body panels and gas tank. The ignition was transferred to the left side panel of the bike so that the center gauge panel would look clean and uncluttered. The original speedometer was modified into a much smaller classic-styled speedometer. The bike also has modified M4 exhaust system and custom-made alloy skid/bash plate.
George shared, “Thank you so much to Ricardo “Titing” Tampus Jr., my brother in-law, for building this amazing bike. This build reflects his passion and creativity which I adore the most. Thank you to my wife Rachel Tampus-Apiag for supporting this project. Thank you so much InsideRACING Magazine for featuring my bike. Inside Racing Nation Rocks!”
Parts and Accessories used:
SPD racing rims 3.5 front and 4.25 rear
Speedtech dual-sport tires (front and rear)
Custom-made front and rear fenders
Custom-made leather seat
Custom-modified taile nd with integrated LED tail lights and turn signals
Custom classic-styled paint job
Pro-taper low riser handlebars
Low profile speedometer
M4 exhaust system
Custom made skid/bash plate
SEC bar end side mirrors
Aftermarket retro handgrips
This was published in InsideRACING Magazine’s Volume 19 Number 1 issue
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