The Trans Sport Show has long made itself a staple in the local car show circuit, yet for motorcycle enthusiasts, one soon to be staple is Moto Builds Pilipinas (MBP). For the first time, MBP is being held simultaneously with the 2017 Trans Sport Show, and for lovers of both four and two wheels, there couldn’t be a better pairing. This year’s 4th staging is set at the SMX Convention Center of the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Motorcycles and customization practically go hand and hand as, like us, many motorcycle riders can’t wait to swap out those stock exhausts and turn signals for newer, sleeker looking ones. Moto Builds Pilipinas serves as an excellent source of inspiration, as well as a showcase of some of the finest motorcycle brands and custom shops all throughout the country.
Custom Bike Show
Naturally, some of the best bikes in the country are showcased here, and quite appropriately, they’re all lined up in a long row of competitors. The entries this year range from your regular scooter, to classics like the Vespa, Lambretta, and of course, Honda Cub.
Another favourite base bike seems to be the Honda XR 200, CRF 200, with many entries executing a stripped-down scrambler or post-apocalyptic twist to the bike. Scrambler certainly seems to be the trendy custom direction this year with many examples sporting semi-knobby tires, naked bodies and beautifully carved exhausts.
Café racer is still very much in fashion with some fine examples made from a variety of bikes, be it from the popular Honda, Kawasaki, or Suzuki “pantras” or more recently available models like the Motorstar Café Racer 400.
This is also the perfect time to shop for that new base bike to work on. Moto Builds sees some strong manufacturer support this year with top brands like Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, KTM, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Royal Enfield, and Motorstar to name a few. As an added bonus, each manufacturer booth also has its own lineup of customized versions of their stock bikes for visitors to better see the possibilities.
Another strong sign of manufacturer support is when new brands select the show to unveil their new products. Debuting at this year’s MBP is Autohub Group’s United Motors. The American brand, assembled in India, showcased a wide variety of motorcycles, ranging from 150-300cc, from sport bikes, to dual sports, to cruisers, and priced well below the P300k mark. They’re available for viewing at the show or at the Autohub Group showroom (Vespa, Piaggio Ape, Lotus, Mini) in Greenhills and more Vespa showrooms soon.
Of course, the highlight of the show is the Moto Builds competition itself. The event challenges top custom bike shops to turn a stock motorcycle into something else entirely, all within 30 days. This year’s competition was participated in by 5 custom bike shops, with the farthest hailing all the way from Surigao. The challenge was to turn a stock Yamaha SZ, provided by Yamaha Motor Philippines, into a chopper. It’s quite the challenge, nonetheless all the competitors were up for it, some turning up incredible creations. Look out for the hubless chopper.
Accessories and apparel
Of course, besides the bikes themselves, there’s a lot of accessories and apparel also on sale. Drop by each brand’s lifestyle section for wear that matches your bike or from the many other stores that carry popular helmet, jacket, gloves, and top box brands.
Moto Builds Pilipinas runs until Sunday, April 23 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Tickets are PhP 100