It’s that time of the year… The 3rd edition of Moto Builds Pilipinas just took place and Sakay & Co was there to see what the biggest custom bike show in the country was all about.
The 3rd edition of this young show was hosted this time round in M.O.A.’s SMX Convention center and was included as a part of the 25th edition of Trans Sport Show.
We were anxious to see what the different Pinoy builders had in store and having been in numerous shows around the world, we wanted to see it for ourselves. Also, we took this opportunity to present Alir, Beltza and La Pirata to the local custom bike building community.
What we loved:
The people. In the Philippines it’s always the people. The atmosphere was fantastic. The event offered a platform for big and not so big builders to show their work, hang out, and meet riders, enthusiasts and backyard builders who in [almost] anonymity brought to the main stage some amazing world class builds. Not to mention we made some very good new friends who we look forward to ride with soon and why not share some BBQ liempo with.
It was also very exciting to see some rare classics and the presence of one of BCR Designs machines on display (one of the many perks of being in the Philippines).
We mentioned we took 3 of our own to be displayed and we didn’t do too bad! Both Beltza and La Pirata rolled into the venue almost directly from Batangas port as they returned, dirty and well ridden, from an amazing 10 day ride through Mindoro and Panay Islands. We were up against some amazing bikes in 2 categories (Café Racer 201cc Up and Brat Tracker 201cc Up) and took the 3rd place in the latter with La Pirata.
What we missed:
It is a bike show guys, it would have been amazing to see some of the bikes parade onto the stage, listen to the engines and smell the petrol (without being told off for doing so). Booths were limited, crammed and cornered, which did not seem ideal for an event of its type.
Lastly, as part of the show, there was a build-off for which 5 builders were picked to build a bike starting with a Yamaha SZ150 and turn it into a chopper (picked out of a hat with Chopper, Bobber OR Cafe Racer options in it) in a month. Unfortunately, not every builder complied, and even though all 5 builds were a great show of skills, a chopper is a chopper…