Motolite Showcases Filipino Ingenuity in Moto-Art Custom Bike

March 24, 2010

Motolite, the country's leading automotive battery brand, recently unveiled its Moto-Art custom bike, an old Honda XRM motorcycle refurbished by Hardcore Brothers into a fully functional show and performance bike. First displayed at the Cebu motorcycle convention last March, the Motolite Moto-Art bike will be showcased in upcoming motorcycle events.

Starting out with a vintage Honda XRM 110cc, the Motolite Moto-Art bike was transformed into a shiny chrome beauty, in a tribute to the great Japanese motorcycle builder/designer Chicara. To preserve the integrity of Honda motorcycle technology, the original 110cc engine was retained with stock Honda XRM parts used for the cases, heads, cylinders, carburetors and transmission. Stock Honda XRM parts were also used for the forks and foot controls, as well as the front and rear brakes.

To implement the creative vision, Hardcore Brothers took apart the rest of the bike and introduced a lot of modifications. The chassis was altered into a more rigid form, with wider 110/70/17 front and 120/80/17 rear tires. All electrical components were hidden and embedded into the frame for a clean, fluid look. The swing arm was extended four inches out. Buell triple trees were installed with an additional 5-degrees out to produce a longer rake on which a reversed handle bar was set up to create a look reminiscent of the café racer era. The solo saddle with bicycle springs as well as the kick starter were fabricated for an old-school look, while all-over chrome finishing gave the Motolite Moto-Art its distinctive flashy finish.

Taking almost two months to complete the final specifications of the Motolite Moto-Art bike include the following Hardcore Brothers custom parts: air cleaner, gas tank, frame, seat and handle bars. It also features a Mity Mike exhaust, Drag Specialties “ET Dual” headlights, Japan LED taillight, and Buell trees.

According to Ernest Estrera, Motolite vice-president for marketing, Our objective in this customization was to showcase ingenuity and innovation in transforming something ordinary into a work of art, while at the same time showing how our Motolite motorcycle battery is at the heart of the motorcycle's engine and accessories. We are very proud of out Motolite Moto-Art custom bike, because it is not only a thing of beauty, it is also a roadworthy performance bike which you can ride all over the Philippines.”

Boasting of the latest advances in motorcycle battery technology, Motolite provides the growing number of motorcyclists in the country with safe, reliable and long-lasting batteries. Motolite's 12-volt motorcycle batteries have been infused with Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology for greater fluid retention and longer life. AGM technology also makes the batteries more versatile, as they can now be installed at any angle required by the make and model of the motorcycle – even upside down if needed. 

Motolite batteries are manufactured by Philippine Batteries, Inc. (PBI), the largest manufacturer, exporter and distributor of automotive, motorcycle and industrial battery products and solutions in the Philippines. Its fully integrated facility in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, is one of the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia. It also has the country's only ISO 14001-certified, environmentally-compliant recycling facility, the second biggest in Asia.