Most will recall the Kenstomoto Demolisher, which we featured in March. The Demolisher, based on designer Kenny Yeoh’s vision of a motorcycle based on the Japanese “Gundam” fighting robot suits, was a sensation.
Kenny has now followed that up with the BOBR, a chopped and bobbed bike based on a Kawasaki ER-6. Drawing on his experience with both the Demolisher, and his first custom bike, the P650R, he had a decidedly more ambitious plan this third time around.
The BOBR is a severely lowered bike, with the front seat round about knee height. The entire headlight and instrument unit was ripped out and compeltely re-worked to give the machine a distinctly Japanese anime robot look.
One of the biggest steps up that Kenny has made over his previous creations is the substitution of the entire front fork with a unit lifted off a Kawasaki ZX-10R, held in place with a lower triple clamp taken from a Versys, and a custom-machined upper triple clamp. This has the effect of raking the fork out forward a little, changing the stance of the original ER-6 this bike is based on.
The light units are 38 mm Shinyo electronics projector modules located on either side of the fork, housed in a custom-built fairing unit, while the DRL, a group of eight LEDS clustered in two vertical rows in the space where the original headlight used to be, gives the BOBR a very spider-like look.
As is Kenny’s trademark in all the Kenstomoto builds, the electrics and electronics in the BOBR have been extensively re-worked. The instrument cluster has been replaced by a Motorgadget Pro meter, coupled with a Breakout box from the same manufacturer.
The key-switch was relocated to the left side on the side-cover, in the traditional bobber style. To give the BOBR that “fat-tyre” look, Kenny dropped in a ZX-10R rear wheel, shod in 180/55-17 rubber, while the front is covered in a 140/70-17 tyre, which Kenny said was actually a rear tyre in its first life.
The swingarm was relocated in its pivot point, extended to kick the rear end out and stretch the BOBR. Kenny apologised for not being able to give me the numbers that have changed from the original Kawasaki ER-6, because, in his words, “I’ve been going crazy trying to finish this bike for Art of Speed.”
Custom bodywork covers the entire bike, from top-to-bottom, with a custom paint-job by Jaz Airbrush. The open exhaust pipes snaking over the right-side of the engine were custom-welded – not bent around a mandrel – by a gentleman that Kenny shamefacedly admits he only knows as “Panjang”.
“I lost count of the number of custom brackets I made for the BOBR,” says Kenny. The entire project consumed three months of his time, working after-hours, and with the kind co-operation of his employer.
According to Kenny, the BOBR consumed more than RM20,000 in custom work and components, but he looks on it with a sense of satisfaction. This third bike from Kenstomoto sees a gradual evolution of Kenny’s ideas, and a growing sophistication in the scale of his customisation.
For now, Kenny is going to take a short break, before coming back with something else. “I have all these ideas constantly flowing in my mind,” said Kenny, “and I wish I had the time and money to make them all real.”
“I have had many enquiries about custom-builds and one-offs, but I need to step back for a moment and catch my breath,” said Kenny.
He did share that he intends to complete a couple more builds for 2016, including one for a customer he says wanted “an angry bike.”
GALLERY: Kenstomoto Demolisher
GALLERY: Kenstomoto P650R