The Philippines have become a hotbed of custom bikes — especially small-displacement, beach-ready thumpers like the 3B Customs XR200 and Revolt Cycles TMX155. Now we’re proud to feature another surfer’s delight from the islands — this Honda XR125 “Surf Tracker” built by Jerry Formoso of Jerry Formoso Kustoms (#jfkustoms). Nicknamed “Malibu,” the bike was designed to transfer a surfer from one break to another, complete with surfboard rack and trail necessities.
The Honda XR125 is a small thumper with a big heart — nearly bulletproof on city streets, muddy tracks, and dirt paths. The 12-hp motor makes for a top speed of around 60 mph with fuel economy in the 60 mpg range. However, few would call the factory XR handsome or beautiful — far from.
Below, we get the full scoop on how Jerry Formoso Kustoms turned this XR125 into such a looker.
Honda XR125 Street Tracker: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop
I’m Jerry Formoso from the Philippines. Started building bikes 5 yrs ago from small displacement as a hobby. I’m a mechanical technician, work as freelance graphic designer and photographer.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
2014 HONDA XR125.
• Why was this bike built?
As a gift from a father to his son who is a surfer and loves to travel.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
A surf tracker, a bike with a surf rack that can transfer a surfer from another spot
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- Custom subframe
- Custom triple tree inverted shock convertion
- custom seats
- custom fenders and brackets
- custom bike rack and mounts
- old tank fitting
- custom side covers
- custom paints
- custom handlebar
- custom exhaust with heat shield
- custom engine guard
custom headlight and signal mounting
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Yes my HONDA TMX SUPREMO CAFÉ RACER.
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