The Ghost Rider : Custom Kawasaki Fury 125 Bobber by Tron Bikes Works
Date posted on April 14, 2018
What makes this custom-built Bobber by Tron Bikes Works of Lapu-Lapu City, Mactanunique is the base bike that it was built on. Bobber builds are usually built around cruiser bikes such asHarley-Davidson, Indian, ExcelsiorandHenderson.
The riding position usually places thefeet forward and the hands up, withthe spine erect or leaning back slightly.Typical cruiser engines emphasize easyrideability and shifting, with plenty oflow-end torque but not necessarily large amountsof horsepower, traditionally V-twins but inlineengines have become more common. But for thisbuild the team behind the bike used an underboneas a platform particularly the Kawasaki Fury 125.A bobber, originally called a ‘bob-job’ from the1930’s through 1990’s, is a style of custom motorcycle.
The typical construction includes stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle; removing the front fender, and shortening the rear fender, whichis “bobbed” (as in bob-tail) and all superfluousparts removed to reduce weight.
The bob-job evolved from an earlier type of American custom motorcycle, the ‘cut down’, which appeared in the late 1920’s, and which was based on the Harley-Davidson ‘J’ series V-twin. The ‘cut-down’ was created to modernize the appearance and improve the performance of the aging J-series Harley-Davidson. By removing the front fender, shortening the rear, and removing all excess accessories, the motorcycle was significantly lightened. The ‘cut-down’ was also characterized by a modified frame, in which the seat tube was lowered and the wheelbase shortened, resulting in a lower, shorter machine, with a sweeping diagonal line between the steering head and rear axle. Tron Bikes is well-known in Cebu as specialist for car and motorcycle electronics.
They are the first ones to install LED lights on the rims and keep them lighted even whenrunning. But they wanted to showcase theirskills and talents and demonstrate that their teamcan also handle diverse custom jobs like custombody work on the chassis, custom airbrush art,custom-machining and many more. If you candream it they can build it. So to prove their pointthey took on one of the most difficult bikes toemulate which is the “Ghost Rider” bike.Tron Bikes team did a lot of custom body workon the bike. The platform which is the KawasakiFury 125 was not your regular platform whenbuilding bobbers so you could only imaginethe many hours and complexity involved inbuilding the bike. They altered the angleof the front suspension. They madecustom shifter and rear brake controlsto achieve the laid-back position. Onemight argue that it looks like a chopperbut the team did not go to extremes inaltering the rake angles which are commonin chopper bikes that have extendedfront forks that give it a stretched out look.
The whole rear portion of the bike was custombuilt. They also did a custom gas tank and extensive custom body work on the front end of the bike which houses all the controls. Only the middle portion of the chassis was kept original. They used chains from a nearby shipyard to create the custom paddle shifters and brakepaddles up front and the passenger footpegs at the rear. They also made a custom seat for the bike. The chains were also used to make the custom accents to give it the “Ghost Rider” look and finally the whole bike was custom-airbrushed with the Ghost Rider theme.
The whole project was conceptualized by Mr. RuditoTradioGilig, the man behind TronBikes Works. He came up with the overall concept of the build, he did all the electronics, parts procurement and installation. He has this message to his hard working crew of Tron Bikes Works –“Thank you to Mr. Sadam for the custrommetalworks, Mr. Wyl Mark Avilla for the intricate airbrush paint and to my Team Tron Bikes composed of Mr. Christopher John Patalinghug aka John Bagtok, Mr. Julius Limotan aka Dodonga, Mr. Geño Berame aka Geño boy, Mr.GilbertBorresaka Gelbrrrett, Mr.FranklinPotot aka Kekew and Mr.James Mata aka Jimboy.
Thank you for your hard work and determination. Thank you to InsideRACING Magazine forfeaturing our creation.”
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