In the latest episode of his YouTube vlog, ‘Kuya Kim’ Atienza dropped by his fellow rider Jonathan Von Hoti’s custom garage called Fart Monkeez in Las Piñas, and he was given a tour of some of the builder’s unusual bikes.
According to Atienza, “Jonathan is one of the most exciting builders in town, dahil wala sa linya,” to which Hoti exclaimed: “Wala talaga, Kuya Kim. Kumbaga, considered na yung ginagawa ko as sacrilege eh, ha ha!”
His first weird ride is a BMW R65 LS that now looks like a cruiser with its smaller tank. Hoti shared that he got the light tourer all-stock, with the original boxer engine. He modified the chassis, then added monkey bars, a single cruiser seat, and—wait for it—a ’60s bottle opener from Taal, Batangas.
The builder said of the antique tool" “Nakita ko ’to sa isang balisungan. Second year, naabutan ko ’yung may-ari. ‘’Tay, bilhin ko na ’yan.’ Sabi niya, ‘Sa’yo na ’yan, bigyan mo lang ako ng pamalit.’ Buti na lang may dala ako ’yung pamalit.”
Next is a standard Royal Enfield bike that Hoti turned into a non-traditional bobber by lowering its wheelbase. He also reverted the electronic ignition from fuel injection to a cabureted system. Additional features include an actual lighter, a digital clock, and a pair of white sidewall tires.
The last one might be Hoti’s most prized possession, not just because it has won many bike shows, but also for the story behind it: “Kami ni Papa, we’re riding before every day. Tapos nung nagkaroon siya ng problema sa mata... Binigay niya sa’kin. ’Di ko mabenta kasi (may) sentimental value eh.”
This build, which Hoti named ‘Diego,’ is equipped with a 1983 Honda VT 500C Shadow engine, a custom pressure tank, and an aluminum Coke bottle from Japan for its radiator reserve tank.
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