The definition of a commuter bike varies from the East to the West. In Europe, a excessive commuter can be one thing adore a Royal Enfield 650. However in Asia, scooters and microscopic singles rule the roost, and companies adore SYM manufacture a killing.
This lawful right here is an early 2000s-mannequin SYM Wolf 150 Fable. As commuters scurry, it’s surprisingly beautiful, with a pint-sized UJM vibe to it. And since the Taiwanese retailer 2LOUD Customized has factual proven, it’s ripe for personalization too.
This isn’t the primary time that the 2LOUD dream workforce of Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng and Lu Yongyu preserve labored magic on a SYM Wolf. They know their method round these domestically made machines—they as quickly as shortly know manufacture them stare additional particular.
This Wolf got here from a buyer with a fast record of must-haves: a brown seat, dim gasoline tank and ‘chocolate block’ tires. As for the consolation, he was glad for 2LOUD to slap their signature style on the cramped 150. So Max and Lu went to metropolis, reworking this grocery getter right into a much more stylish avenue tracker.
First on the record was a a lot-wanted power improve—and the best method to hold out that was to swap out the general drivetrain. 2LOUD sourced a Chinese language language-made Haoyue engine; a 255 cc four-valve single, with a six-flow transmission and a FCR33 carb, in a position to a excessive movement of over 140 km/h.
We requested Max how onerous an engine swap is on these bikes, and he brushed it off as “now not sophisticated.”
“The engine mounting machine belongs to Honda’s early ‘CG’ fashions,” he explains. “Inside the early days, SYM co-operated with Honda in Japan, and later developed these utilized sciences in Taiwan. Different producers moreover dilapidated these utilized sciences: Aeon, Kymco and Hartford all preserve CG-mannequin engine mounting packages.”
2LOUD moreover assign in a pod filter, then constructed a personalised stainless-steel exhaust machine.
Transferring to the chassis, the fellows ditched the Wolf’s inventory alloy wheels for a model recent place of spoked objects. They’re personalized-built 19F/18R hoops, shod with Shinko movement tires. The doorway brake’s been upgraded with a model recent caliper and grasp cylinder from Frando, however the rear retains the OEM drum setup.
The total regular bodywork’s been binned too. Up excessive is a Honda CB350 gasoline tank—evenly fettled to suit the SYM body. Inside the befriend of it is miles a personalised leather-based saddle, sitting atop a modified subframe with a conventional kicked-up tail. The rear’s carried out off with a stubby fender and a generic chromed taillight.
The house under the seat is trim sano, because of a re-wire and the make use of of a microscopic battery. 2LOUD preserve developed their have Lithium-ion unit that measures lower than 2” thick; it’s tucked right into a slim electrics subject under the seat.
Bits adore the headlight and switch indicators are all off-the-shelf objects from Taiwanese manufacturers, however the brackets they’re mounted on are handcrafted. The SYM moreover wears recent handlebars, grips and mini-switches.
2LOUD stored the finishes on this neat avenue tracker minimal and stylish. The body, swingarm and assorted elements have been accomplished in an impressive excessive-heat silver paint, whereas the tank and fender are painted in a timeless dim and white pin-stripe combo.
Salmo Works dealt with the lettering on the gasoline tank; “Pause Cool.” It sums up this make utterly, as a result of let’s face it: if it’s essential to commute, no lower than perform it in style.
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