Brutal Monkey Workshop retro-mods a fuel-injected CB150…
It’s always fun to learn about bikes built for certain markets, which aren’t available here in the States or other parts of the world. One such is the Honda CB150 Verza, a 149cc single-cylinder “neo-classic” naked bike produced in Indonesia.
The fuel-injected engine puts out 13.2 bhp at 6000 rpm, and bike is related to the 150-class Honda Trigger and Honda Unicorn sold in India. It’s basically a practical commuter bike intended to run for thousands of miles with relatively little maintenance.
We were surprised to learn that this modern, fuel-injected machine was the donor for this new build from Brutal Monkey Workshop of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Says headman Dwi Purnomo:
“We made this bike for a customer who wanted a vintage-style scrambler built from a basic Honda Verza 150cc, fuel injected. The client wanted the bike to be similar to the Honda CL77.”
Obviously, the modifications were very extensive: frame work, gas tank, fenders, exhaust, saddle — you name it. Dwi says they spent three months working on the built, and did everything in-house — even the fenders and bodywork were accomplished without even the help of an English wheel.
The result is one lovely CL77-style scrambler, which most casual onlookers would surely think was a true vintage bike, not a transformed contemporary commuter. Below, we talk to Dwi of Brutal Monkey Workshop for more details on the build.
CL77-Style Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I actually started playing around with motorbikes not that long ago, so our workshop isn’t that old. Because I often work on old motorbikes, I ended up liking vintage motorbikes best.
• Why was this bike built?
We made this bike for a customer who wanted a vintage-style scrambler built from a basic Honda Verza 150cc, fuel injected. The client wanted the bike to be similar to the Honda CL77.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
We worked on this bike for three months. So there were many, many modifications that we did on this bike, including the frame, gas tank, fenders, exhaust, and more.
We did almost everything in our workshop, and in the traditional way — we didn’t even use an English wheel, because I don’t have one yet — maybe BikeBound will give us one, hahaha. Kidding!
• Can you tell what it’s like to ride?
It’s quite comfortable to ride, and to be sure, many people see this motorbike when it stops at a red light. Hehehe.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
No nickname for this bike yet; it’s being considered. ️