A 250cc V-twin scrambler by Jowo Kustom…
The Kaisar Ruby V250 — also sold as the Keeway Dorado 250 in some markets — is a 250cc V-twin built in the style of a classic cruiser, popular in Bali and other parts of Indonesia. The carburetted, SOHC engine makes around 19 horsepower, and the bike comes with smoothie wheels, studded leather saddlebags, wide footboards, plenty of chrome, and basically resembles a miniature Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage Classic — “a cute little baby H-D.”
Enter our friend Yohanes Marse (Anes) of Indonesia’s Jowo Kustom, who’s always ready to tackle new makes, models, and custom styles. In this case, he had a customer, Billy, who’s owned and ridden several different big bikes — H-D Sportster, KTM Duke, Yamaha R6, etc. — but finally decided that he wanted a scratch-built custom in the style of the Triumph Scrambler.
They decided to use a 2015 Kaisar Ruby 250 as the donor, but the plan was transform the factory cruiser to such an extent that the original make/model would no longer be recognizable. In fact, only the engine remains from the donor. Anes built a completely new frame and swingarm in order to achieve the shape and geometry they wanted, and most of the other major components were scratch-built as well: triple tree, gas tank, seat, fenders, side covers, exhaust system, and more.
Below, we get the full story on this 250cc V-twin scrambler!
Kaisar Ruby V250 Scrambler: Builder Interview
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
The donor bike was Kaisar Ruby 250 year 2015.
Such a little cute baby HD.
• Why was this bike built?
This was a customer project bike. Actually the customer had already ridden several kinds of big bikes like HD Sportster, KTM Duke, and Yamaha R6. But now he wanted a totally custom bike from scratch.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
Scrambler is the answer. He wanted to change the look of the original Ruby and transform it totally — into something that people wouldn’t realize was a Ruby. He gave us a concept similar to the Triumph Scrambler. So we started to build everything from zero.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Everything but the engine. We decided to make a new frame to get the proper composition. Custom frame, swingarm, triple tree, gas tank, seat, fenders, side covers, exhaust system, and much more.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
The client is one of three brothers with “B” in their first name: Billy, Brian and Berdy. So I thought I should give them “BOBI” as a fourth brother. Hahaha.
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
First I wanted to make the bike look really hot and wild. Then I had to rebuild the engine to make it faster and powerful. And thank God it’s done. So comfortable and easy to ride. Billy told me that people are always staring at the bike when he stops at traffic lights, gas stations, and any time he rides BOBI.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
So proud that we built everything from scratch and Billy is so happy that BOBI is ready whenever he wants to ride. As always, the customer’s satisfaction is the goal.
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