The massive South-Asian two-wheeler market has has a potential to redefine the custom motorcycle building world too, and this Yamaha SR150 Meo by Angerhaus Designs is a perfect example why.
After spending years surfing through and writing about custom motorcycles from Europe and US, it has been a delight to be able to witness the rise of custom building religion in the South–Asian region. And it was something that was always going to happen owing to the sheer volume of the market in this region. But then, the motorcycling culture we adhere to and so dearly follow hasn’t grown enough in the traditionally commuter centric small capacity motorcycle market. However, the globalisation and the evident up-scaling of more and more people towards bigger capacity motorcycles, is changing the game thick and fast. There has been a massive rise in the number a highly skilled and talented custom builders from the region and it continues to do so. This Yamaha SR150 Meo by Angerhaus Designs serves as a perfect example of how the talent knows no boundaries.
Based out of Taipei, Angerhaus Designs is a brain child of young Jimmy Chang for whom motorcycling is like that highly addictive and satisfying drug that has everything good to give. It is evident that Jimmy understands the basic soul of motorcycling and its effect on us, the way a beautifully build motorcycle pulls us towards it, relegating everything else into a faded blur. With that said, for this Yamaha SR150 Meo build his objective was to create a practical café racer that would suit the congested streets of Taipei as well as the tight mountain roads that surrounds the city.
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The choice for such a build was significant since Taiwan charges insanely high taxes on high capacity motorcycles making them extremely expensive. Thus it was evident that the base bike for the Yamaha SR150 Meo build had to be one of the ‘White Plate’ motorcycles. White Plate as Jimmy told me is a common name for motorcycles that are below 250cc capacity in Taiwan. Moreover, the white plates are also free off the strict twice a year safety inspections in the country. With all of that considered, the owner of the build finally choose a 1994 Yamaha SR150 as the base for this cafe racer build.
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The work on the Yamaha SR150 Meo build start off with the customary stripping down of the bike while all unnecessary brackets were taken out leaving a much cleaner frame. Then Jimmy proceeded to powder coat the frame along with welding new custom retro rear set foot peg mountings. The re-assembly of the bike was carried out with an addition of all new electrical wiring with harnesses, cables and even switches. In order to achieve better performance that should suit the café racer theme of the Yamaha SR150 Meo build, Jimmy rebuilt the old 150 engine increasing the capacity to 180cc while adding a new Keihin PE26 carburetor topped off by a velocity stack. The all new front end Yamaha SR150 Meo build arrived from a donor SR400 that also lent the build a bigger drum brake and beefier front telescopic shocks.
The presence of the SR400 triple-tree also increased stability and improved stance of the build. A custom swing arm and a new rear suspension setup meant the length of the build increased while also creating space for a fatter rear tyre as well. A Honda GB250 gave its fuel tank to provide a 400Km range to the little café racer. Jimmy added custom metal number plate side covers that also protect the battery and the velocity stack from the elements. Then a new custom bumpstop seat, build from metal was added. It houses a cool tool bag for the peace of mind on long journeys. Angerhaus made sure that the entire single seat piece is removable to make way for an interchangeable two-up seat.
I particularly liked the lovely light blue and white colour combination that lends the Yamaha SR150 Meo build a retro aura. It also looks fetching being in a sharp contrast from the all black look of the frame, motor and wheels. All in all this build manages to look fun filled and cheerful even when parked, something someone like your truly would definitely ride to work happily and I am certain, you would too. Fro more of Jimmy Chang’s work you can visit Angerhaus Designs.