Mopeds are some of the most common two-wheeled vehicles you’ll spot on our roads, and for good reason. These underbones are easy to use, efficient, reliable, and most of all cheap. Bikes like these can be had for less than the price of a brand-new flagship smartphone, which means almost anyone looking to snag a daily commuter or make an extra buck or two as a delivery rider can do so without breaking the bank.
One unusual but very interesting use for mopeds is as a base bike for custom builds, which is what Marco Clemente of MC Customs PH has just done for his shop’s latest project.
This project, a collaboration between MC Customs PH and Jerry Formoso of JFK, came to life when a client contacted Clemente with a request for a custom chopper with a clutchless transmission. The client is still new to riding, and wanted something with the looks of a chopper while still being very newbie-friendly. Clemente accepted and went to work on the project, all the while only transacting and communicating with the Davao-based client online due to the pandemic.
The build is based on a Motorstar Zest X110S, a Chinese-built underbone chosen for its reliability, practicality, and semi-automatic transmission. We use the term ‘based’ quite loosely here, as almost the entire build is custom, with the only component left from the Zest being the 110cc single-cylinder engine.
The rest of the parts you see here are fully custom, including the rims, frame, foot pegs, springer-style fork, fender, and handlebars. Even the electrical system is bespoke, as the builders set the stock electrical harness aside and rewired the bike from the ground up themselves.
Clemente and Formoso worked tirelessly on this project despite delays and setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and finished the chopper off with hand-painted pinstriping by Jason’s Hand Painting. Once the build was completed, it was packed up and shipped off to its new owner in Davao, who no doubt will be turning heads all throughout Mindanao.
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