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octombrie 19, 2011, Author: Ciprian, 1 Comment

Tha Bad Wolf of Malaysia

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This post is the story of a dream. My friend Alexander Yeoh’s dream to own a chopper.

So, today we take a trip to Malaysia as Alexander tells us all about

the ups and downs of his project.

 

“ The Bad Wolf by Blaidd Drwg Customs

 

Bike Specifications

Base Bike: Modenas Jaguh aka Kawasaki Boss 175

Donor Bike: Yamaha TZM 150

Carb: 28mm Racing Boy Carb (to be replaced with RGV250 carb)

Fuel Tank: TZM 150 fuel tank (reversed and modified with 2 petcocks)

Swingarm: Extended swing arm custom CnC extensions slotted into current swingarm. Estimated 5-6 inch extension

Rims: TZM 150 rims F: 100/80/17 R 130/60/17

Front: Fork TZM 150 forks with TZM front fender

Lighting: Full undercarriage lights | Rear: Custom LED lights with custom blinking brake lights | Front: High/Low HID headlamps | low profile led indicator lights

Exhaust: Custom midflow to side skyward facing exhaust pipes.

Other modifications: Flame thrower kit, CDI relocation kit, DIY carb relocation kit

 

The Beginning,

In the beginning, I had pipe dreams of owning my own chopper. In my mind, I had a very specific picture of what a custom bike is to look like. Coming from Malaysia, big bikes are an expensive affair. So I had purchased what my budget could afford. It was a rebranded Kawasaki Boss 175.

(not the actual bike)

A single cylinder 175cc easy rider made to target women in Europe and in Asia, it was marketed as a solution to the expensive big CC choppers.

A short while after purchasing my bike, a close friend gave me a 150cc sports bike. A Yamaha TZM.

(again, not the actual bike)

This bike was modified to race and was a very fast bike. However, at the time, there were no modifications to make the gearbox any stronger to suit its new found power so I had destroyed it.

Sitting in my house, I had started to figure out how I could use parts of the race bike and embed it into my easy rider to make it into a chopper.

The dream was put to rest when I moved to another state (Kuala Lumpur) for work and have resided there since then.

Over here I made friends with a guy who had similar dreams of owning a chopper and faced the problem where it cost too much to make one. Searching around, we found that there were a few people who built bikes to your specifications with lower CC bikes.

In the middle of October 2010, I was introduced to one of these so called custom builders. Having free time, I never gave up on my dreams, but just continued planning on and on about how I wanted my bike to be. Owning and modifiying several race bikes and understanding basic engineering (youtube, google and a father who is a physicist) helps a lot to understand the basic feasibility of my plans.

To cut a long story short, the bike was at the custom builders “squatter village house” for about 6 months with a months work done to it. Knowing how things work and understanding that the guy had a day job, it dawned to me that no one can achieve less if work was done on only weekends and a semi retarded man with one hand (this is the clean version). Later on, I also realize that many things I had purchased or that was on my bike (notably my custom exhaust pipe) was not on my bike anymore and was GIVEN AWAY to someone else. It is now considered stolen and written off as a loss to me.

The builder finally agreed to returning most of my things (my bike was rolled off to another mechanic at the time to get my engine started) as I ended the contract only after a friend and I had threatened to pull down the garage door with a 4WD. “

THE BUILD ITSELF

the bike in its standard form

the planned sketch

the mock up of things on the bike

ON MY OWN

After the disappointment, I had relocated my bike back to my house which was empty at the time (I just bought it and it was vacant. My wife was nice enough to let me put it there) while I was to decide on its fate.

As life would have it, I had lost a few friends along the way due to this disagreement with the builder and was quite unhappy about that. Being down, I had met along the way a few people whom I had never thought I would be friends with. One of them was an avid chopper owner and a graphics designer. Another would be the owner of the website this story is posted in (Ciprian). These two and a handful of non bike related people had consoled me to standup, wipe the dust of my shoulder and move on.

And that I did.

With support of Ciprian and Eelman (so he is called), I started making calls and spoke to pipe makers, CNC shops, engineers, car mechanics and so on, propped my bike onto some bricks and started working on it.

my bike being propped up

Things Fixed:

Although the extensions were build properly by the CNC person and made to spec by the technical person who designed it, the idiot fabricator who doesn’t know much about anything, welded it the wrong way. And, he didn’t think that as the swing arm grew longer, another crossmember would be required to stabilize the alignment of the two bars.

As such, I had to send the entire bike to a very famous bike builder here in Malaysia for fixing the other dolts mistakes. And in Malaysia (I don’t know about other places) mechanics charge a lot more for fixing other peoples mistakes as a lesson to you for not going there in the first place. PLUS, while doing it, you get lectured till your ears fall off.

at the famous place all fixed up (the rear that is)

Modifications:

Footpegs:

I had always wanted long big footpegs for my ride, however, in Malaysia, people here are not very creative. I found the pegs I wanted, but I was having difficulties figuring out how to mount it. I didn’t want it to be welded on and forever stuck there, I wanted it to look and feel like it was factory fitted and removable.

I took the original foot peg, got it cut to the point where there was only the swivel point, got it tapped and put a bolt through both the peg and the swivel point. Then installed it. It looked almost stock!!

cut to swivel           point peg with the bolt      forward controls

Tank Petcock Relocation:

I had the tank petcock relocated as because the tank was reversed, the fuel doesn’t flow well into the petcock. So I moved it back with a bolt and a nipple. I installed 2 so I can maximize the fuel in the tank.

The rectangle was where the original petcock was. Those 2 holes is where the nipples get bolted on.

Lights:

Ground works:

Wired them on to a switch at the side under the tank. They are wired to not work when the key is off.

The tail lamps. These were wired under the fender.

 

End Product:

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

before

and after

The Name:

My bike was renamed after I completed the project to Bad Wolf. Not only in conjunction of my so called “garage” name, but as an IN YOUR FACE thing to the builder as he had said I was just another blogger who didn’t know anything about building bikes. However, I completed the project in under a year, which includes the 6 months he had wasted of mine, a month I was deciding on what to do with the bike and a month I was on hold because I was healing my new tattoo.

So I aptly named my bike Bad Wolf with the caption to the people who thought I couldn’t do it “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your bikes away”

I will send another video of it doing just that when my “secret weapon” is done.

 

Final Note

The reason for me posting up what had been done and guides on my blog is to guide (not inspire) people on how to do the things I have done.

My main goal is to show that anyone can build a chopper.”

 

 

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One Response to Tha Bad Wolf of Malaysia

  1. Alex says:

    wow…. thanx man.. means alot to me…

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