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Vicious Cycles ’94 Yamaha ‘FTW200’

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 21 comments

If you could pick any city on earth to settle down and customise bikes in, we think it’s a safe bet that Singapore wouldn’t be at the top of many lists. In a similar fashion to Hong Kong, Singapore has very little tolerance for vehicular modifications and a few of our Pipemates who live over there have told us that you can be defected for something as minor as having non-standard rubber on your rims. And heaven help you if you were to do something crazy like add a new exhaust or tank – that’d result in your bike being impounded. So as you are gazing over the sweet, sweet lines of this little Yammie TW keep in mind that it’s creators, Matt and Merv from Vicious Cycles Singapore, risk severe punishment if they were ever caught riding it in public. Apparently, the last biker who dared do this was forced to watch the movies “Wild Hogs” and “Torque” on an endless loop for an entire month while he was simultaneously made to delete all his browser’s cool bike bookmarks one by one. And that’s not all. Afterward, when he still wouldn’t swear against his beloved custom bikes they forced him to stay in a remote house at the end of a very long, windy road. They then gave him a Wrenchmonkee’s original with all the bells and whistles and covered every inch of the road with lard as they waved goodbye. Bastards.

Here’s Meryvn. “The TW came to us after the owner crashed it and it’s front end was trashed in the accident. Here in Singapore, TWs are either stock or running a street tracker mod. So we thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if we made something different?” Therefore we proposed a café racer idea we called “FTW“. The owner loved it and wanted us to get to work on it right away.”

“The parts put into the FTW200 were recycled or taken off most Yamahas, brakes and controls were off the WR200. The clip-on handlebars for an instance came off the FZR150. The headlamp with integrated speedometer was off a vintage Yamaha.”

“Older TW’s came with front drum brakes so we modified another front hub and fitted on a disc brake for better braking. The rake was calculated and in order to achieve the slammed look, we had to stretch the swing arm to compensate the shorter wheelbase. Works Performance rear shocks formally on a Harley were used for the stiffer spring rate and better rebound damping. All in the name of a slammed ride with improved handling.”

“Due to the strict laws in our country,
the custom exhaust header was wrapped”


“The fuel tank was modified using the RX-K tank components.  Sides were then cut to achieve the shape we visualized. We welded on another tank base to provide the shape and the beefed up look. A custom fiberglass rear was fabricated to compliment the shape of the tank and since we wanted to keep everything neat and tidy, we made the tail lamp integrated and hid a battery in the hump.

Due to the strict emission standards and exhaust pipe laws in our country, the custom exhaust header was wrapped. A standard muffler off a Yamaha 125 cruiser was also used to keep the decibels low. Exhaust tip was fabricated for aesthetic purposes. We kept this bike as minimal as we could and to just enjoy the awesomeness of riding a simple machine.”

We think it’s great to finally see someone do something with the much-in-need-of-a-kick-up-the-jacksie TX scene. No disrespect to the cool street tracker with the “ride on water” look, but surely such a cool platform deserves a little more effort than it’s seen in current years. Good on the boys from Vicious Cycles for giving it a go – we really look forward to see what they come up with next.

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  • Leroy

    That’s just rad.

  • Matrawker

    True miserable fact of Singapore stiff laws. I guess the effort put in the other tw enthusiasts in singapore are more than just mere artistic value..keepin it “underground” is also a main concern, thus similarly rad rides of the backstreet heroes are kept off the radar. Nontheless, great build vicious boys! Props.

  • revdub

    Very cool bike. I really like the “slammed” stance. I want to give it a ride! 

  • That is some chunky arse rubber right there. Good fun bike, nice work gents

  • Cdhunter05

    i second that. “This is just rad.”

  • Nice!

  • Ok – so maybe my opening piece with the lard wasn’t quite true. Here’s Merv on the facts in Singapore:

    “As of late, motorcycle customisation rules here seemed to be pretty screwed up.

    No third party exhaust pipes, no modification to the frame (at all) or stock pipes, so removing of baffles would consider to be wrong. And depending on the officer that is on duty, some are hardcore strict, some are more lenient. It’s really annoying. The government impose a fine so heavy, a lot of people here would rather not go against the system.

    Exhaust fines can easily amount to 500 Singapore dollars. And how they inspect, well let’s just say they print out a ‘off the dealership’ picture of your bike, put it next to your current bike and judge in that manner. Scrutinizing every detail. What a bitch.

    Of course, there are still quite a strong amount of supporters and true believers of custom works (that is why we are still fighting for our dreams and not end up some corporate slaves lol). Which is good, they give us all the love and support, motivating us to do what we do and loving every moment. There are always ways around things so well, that’s life isn’t it? Obstacles and hurdles, we just find ways to go around it. Always a vicious cycle haha.”

  • AlwaysOnTwo

    It is an interesting bunch of parts with a meandering and not quite defined persona.  Not even gonna chime in on the Singapore laws and what might have been done with a stock chrome pipe from a different model of the same make without pipe wrap….whoops, guess I just waded right on in!  If Singapore needed to outlaw any one item for any reason whatsoever, it should have been pipe wrap.

    As for the rest of the bike, as I said, interesting, but doesn’t the tank rather over power the rest of the machine?  Kinda reminds me of a hunchback bulldog pup, which is not necessarily a bad thing if the idea was to make the bike look bigger than it is, displacement wise.Still, it looks a ton better than being just another headlight among the throngs of clones.

  • Texas Jason

    I dig it, looks like fun!

  • Nice bike. Weird paint scheme.

  • Pierre Geromboux

    What is the rubber used?

  • Mjsenz

    This is a great bike.

    Also, I love how they mention the requirement for exhaust wrap in big letters to squelch those commenter’s whining.

    • Honestly, that wasn’t why I did it, but now that you mention it…

  • Robin Adams

    Anyone know what those tires are?

    • seminar

      was gonna ask the same

  • Sbaugz

    those are some fat a$$ tires. pretty awesome. Would love to know what they are.

  • Sbaugz

    ACtually I think those tires might be
    Heidenau-K76or at least they look like them

  • J3mbevk

    Tires are Bridgestone TW203 and TW204.

  • anon

    absolutely gorgeous. kudos.

  • Ahhyeast

    How much do you spend in total?

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