Twenix Motorcycles Honda GL200 “Dolores” is a Magnificent Motorized Memorial
For many Indonesian motorcycle buyers, the Honda GL200 Tiger is an object of desire. The sporty styling, economical 200cc four-stroke single and Honda durability are all appealing by themselves, but when these attributes are combined on the same bike, we can see why some many inhabitants of the South Asia nation want to ride the Tiger (in the literal sense, not the sense to which R. James Dio, Esq. was referring).
Jakarta resident Arya Pratama is one of the many Indonesians who have fallen for the GL200’s charms. But he didn’t buy this 1994 example as a bent-framed, oil-leaking basket case for $400 with the intent of leaving it stock; rather, he wanted it transformed into a sinewy, retro cool café racer. And when his friend, customizer Rionasta “Rio” Achiel of Twenix Motorcycles was done with it, Arya’s Tiger was exactly that, and something more.
We’ll address that “something more” later. First, let’s look at what Rio did to this green machine. He straightened the rear of the frame and reinstalled the stock front fork. He also installed 18” wire wheels and a set of low slung clubman handlebars, and replaced the stock lights with aftermarket pieces. Rio also rebuilt the engine so it runs smoothly, doesn’t leak, and makes all of its original advertised 17hp and 12 lb.-ft of torque.
As for the sheetmetal parts like the gas tank, front fender, seat and side cover, Rio fabricated those using simple hand tools, since he doesn’t have fancier metalworking tools like an English wheel. You certainly wouldn’t know this when you look at the smooth, flowing curves and how nicely the tasty green paint, stripes and logos are draped over them. Also painted on this bike? The number 7, which Arya says is his lucky number.
But that lucky number isn’t the most significant connection between Mr. Pratama and his custom ride. No, the most significant connection is its name, Dolores. Dolor means pain or sorrow in Latin, and pain and sorrow are exactly what Arya went through when he lost his father to cancer shortly before the bike was finished. However, Arya still rides Dolores around the capital city, each time celebrating not only the thrill of riding and the craftsmanship involved in constructing her, but also celebrating his father’s life. As monuments to lost loved ones go, they don’t get much cooler than this hopped up Honda.
Source: Twenix Motorcycles