“Fat Boy” Yamaha TW125 Scrambler by Candy MC

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

The Yamaha TW (Trailway) series, with their fat tires and four-stroke engines, have been called “two-wheel quads” or “beach bikes.” In 1987, famed Japanese motorcyclist Shinji Kazama rode a TW200 to the North Pole, and the balloon-like tires make the bike great for the beach, farm work, or as camper bikes. Says Top Speed of the TW:

“I’ve always wondered if the beach buggy has a 2-wheeler equivalent and now I am convinced it does.”

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

Enter Jun Nakamura of Japan’s Candy Motorcycle Laboratory — a small, two-person workshop with a big reputation. Now in their 14th year of operation, Candy continues to turn out show-winning custom bikes while also doing general maintenance, inspection, and pick-up/delivery. Recently, we featured their “Big Blue” Yamaha SR400 street tracker. Now they’re back with another Yamaha, this time a TW125.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

Given the signature fat wheels and tires of the model, Jun decided to make the rest of this custom TW as lean and slim as possible, including an ultra-narrow fuel tank from a TY125 trials bike and custom bodywork and seat. Below, we get more details on this “Fat Boy.”

Yamaha TW Scrambler: Builder Interview

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I am a custom builder and mechanic. This year marks the 14th anniversary of Candy Cycle. It is a small motorcycle shop with two staff members, but the two of us work very carefully on custom, paint, maintenance, etc.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

YAMAHA TW125. The year is unknown.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

• Why was this bike built?

Customer Order.

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

The wheel is fat. The exterior is slim.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

• What custom work was done to the bike?
  • Used a TY125 fuel tank.
  • One-off sheet.
  • Created one-off seat frames.
  • Wide wheels.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

• Does the bike have a nickname?

Fat Boy.

• How would you classify this bike?


• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

This is a well-balanced view of the slim exterior that contrasts with the fat tire.

Yamaha TW125 Scrambler

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  1. Edwin Unbehau

    ..really nice job – but does the bike has a left side ?

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