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Honda GL200 Café Racer – ‘Dolores’

Posted on January 18, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer. 54 comments

Sometimes we receive bikes that have something more captivating than stunning looks. Something more powerful than the number of horses they output. Something more impressive than the number of hours that have been spent building the bike. They have a great story. A story that is more fundamental to the build than any other part on the bike. This is one of them, and this story starts like many others on this site, person buys rusty old donor bike for next to nothing and decides to resurrect it into a beautiful little café racer. This is where the story differs from others. This time the owner’s Dad had seen the start of the project and had heard of the plans his son had for the bike, but unfortunately due to cancer, he didn’t know whether he will be alive when the bike was finished. But here’s the kicker, the day before his father dies he says to his son, “your bike will be amazing, and I’ll see it from the sky”. So this is the story of a bike built in memory of a father who unfortunately didn’t get to see his sons dream of owning a custom motorcycle…

The name of the owner is Arya Pratama and the name of the bike is ‘Dolores’. Arya named the bike ‘Dolores’ because it means pain or sorrows in Latin, and under the circumstances it has been a very painful time for him. First of all, Arya enlisted the skills of his good friend Rio from Ttwenixmotorcycle in Jakarta, Indonesia. Rio has a great reputation as a custom builder in his local area. “Arya asked me to build a classic café racer and said it should look like a greyhound dog,” Rio says. “The bike is 1994 Honda GL 200, here we call it a Honda Tiger. When I saw the bike for the first time I thought, damn this bike is so ugly! It had a wrecked rear frame, oil leaking everywhere and many other missing or broken parts.” Arya paid $400 for the bike, which still seems like a lot of money, even by Indonesian standards.

“I started customising the rear frame to make it straight,” says Rio. “Then, I changed the front fork from broken upside-down forks to the original front fork. I then placed 18 inch rims for the front and rear wheels, with 4.00 tires. Next was clubman bars to give it the classic look. The head light, tail light and the turn signal are all after market parts.”

The gas tank, seat, side cover, front fender and exhaust of the bike have been hand made from sheet metal by Rio. “All fully made by hand, using hammer and iron” he says. “Because it’s not easy to find special tools for customs here, like an English wheel etc.” The engine has been sandblasted to give it a raw texture and then finished with black paint and polished fin edges. The Number 7 on the seat hump was one of the finishing touches – choosing the number 7 because it has always brought him lots of luck.

This little café racer gave us a smile just looking at it, so we’re sure Arya hasn’t stopped grinning riding it around the streets of Jakata. We’re also sure Arya’s dad has got an even greater smile looking down from the sky admiring his son’s dream bike. We’ll leave you with a quote from Arya that we hope will put a lump in your throats. “I’m so satisfied with this build, finally my dream has come true, my dad would be very proud.”  


  • hugh


  • fraone

    keep a month in the calendar for her

  • Being a father myself I can’t read a story like this without getting a major lump in my throat. And emotion aside, it’s a damn fine build!

    • Jordan23

      Yes, that´s what I thought. Great bike, moving story. Congrats!
      Does anyone know where to get those indicators from?

  • omegaracer

    a little beauty!

  • nathas909

    That is beautiful!!!
    To think that tank, side covers, front fender and seat were all hand beaten, is mind blowing. I would love to watch this done one day. I would have no idea where to start.
    The colors are perfect. The wheels look great,
    Its something I would love to own.

    His dad would be very proud.

  • Beauty !

  • Now&Zen

    Simple. To the point . Great craftsmanship .Balance aesthetics . Good story . Job well done .

  • madmusk

    Effortlessly balanced and well-crafted. So nice to see a cafe with side covers.

  • Sad_Dad

    Visual Poetry … wonderful work.

  • Lewn

    Really tight build love the details cafe seat, reverse cone muffler it’s all there, even a bit of gold on the header to see she’s been running just a little rich. You might think 200cc is a bit small for an engine, and if you asked probably you’d want more, but in Asia it makes a lot of sense, and still a lot of fun.

  • Juan Francisco Castillo Villal

    Beautiful bike! I mean…REALLY BEAUTIFUL BIKE!. I’m not a fan of green color on bikes but in this one it looks astonishing. Congrats and be sure to enjoy the hell out of her!

  • Richard Brandt

    Help me out here – the story is that Arya lost his father, so he had someone build him a motorcycle? I’m impressed with Rio’s work but the rest of it is silly. If Arya had built it this would be a touching story; as it stands, I don’t get it.

    • “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    • Agreed, it would have been a better story if he had have built it himself. But the fact that his dad never got to see the finished bike and even told him he’d see it from the sky the day before he died is still a solid story. But i see your point.

    • actually, yes.. im involved 🙂

      i always says to rio “man, you dont have to be in rush, i wont give you deadline… only working her while youre in the mood… if not, just forget it and have fun, this is work of art… i know”

      since then rio always told me everytime he wants to work Dolores, then i showed up and help providing whatever rio needs, either holding the metal while he’s hand forge it or driving him while he was looking for bolts, nuts, fuel indicator or even the clubman handle bar.

      its beautiful process and i enjoyed it very much, we both share laughs telling each other passions. we became a very Good friends.

      when Dolores finished, the first time i took her for spin….. i Cried and laugh at the same time, the feeling i had, i cant describe it in words..

      Rio was laughing hard at me while tears on my cheek, LOL
      at that point, we know… the job well Done.

      thank you guys, i believe my dad would proud at me. 🙂

      and i hope you can enjoy DOLORES as much as i do.


    • Marcus

      So what if he didn’t build it. He assisted how he could. The bike was his fathers and he wanted it to be completed, to give the bike and his father justice he enlisted help. I get it 100%. Still means just as much to him and he’s got no doubt a better bike in the end which he can enjoy for many more years.

  • Thanks guys for the comments… its an honor… 🙂

  • revdub

    Beautiful bike and an even more beautiful story.

  • Vari Gery

    This bike is beautiful..
    What’s the name of these tires?

    • Bugi

      Swallow 212.. perhaps you can only found it in Indonesia. CMIW

  • gord mca

    This is beautiful…. absolutely the essence of do it yourself cafe racer. Anyone else notice the HEINOUS front number plate??

    • Yeah, I saw that. I’m sure it’s a law. Might have been good to remove it during the shoot. It does look like they tried to minimize how it is shown in the photos, though.

      • I hope so, otherwise it would be a real pedestrian killer. Otherwise if you run into a bike everythings gonna hurt anyway.

  • Joe

    Fricking… Gorgeous. Everything about this bike is so right. Plus, I can never get enough green bikes.

  • Props to Rio for his metal work. Beating sheet metal into the tank and seat takes more skill and patience than I can even imagine. Not only beautiful in themselves but they add grace and lightness to overall design. Superb.

  • Beautiful. Classic. I’m not really digging the taillight, but that is a very minor point.

  • bikey mikey

    That story….the build, the only missing elements are a suitable sound track, and a big-name star to play the part of Rionasta in the Hollywood production !
    Oh and a big +1 on the metal-working skills. All nicely done.

  • Romil

    Just one word…..Lovely!!!

  • simon

    If Honda made these they’d sell heaps……

  • Greg Simanson


  • a really sweet bike 🙂 how can you not fall in love with it?

  • victusvita

    where’s the video?

  • “All fully made by hand, using hammer and iron” he says.

    I haven’t done a lot of metal fab because I was always under the impression that I needed a wheel and what not to get it right. This bike is proof positive that it can be done without that stuff.

  • eric

    is there any way to get wallpaper sized images of this? it’s the most beautiful bike i’ve seen in a long time.

  • 2nd most popular feature bike on my blog when I posted it a couple of weeks ago so it’s great to see it get a MUCH bigger audience. Thanks Andrew & Scott & of course Rio.

  • Superb

  • Odum Jakarta Custom

    Awesome, outstanding.

  • Dan Crane

    is there some way I can get high resolution versions of these photos? they would make great computer wallpapers…

  • Beautiful!

  • Amazing stuff, you guys in indo do know what craftsmanship means.

  • Absolutely gorgeous, a motorcycling work of art – I want it for my lounge!

  • Bugi

    Awesome.. Hormat senjata bro

  • Dewi Richie

    Rio never fails to impress me with his creativities. Epic work of art 🙂

  • Kevin

    Wow Arya/Rio .. beautiful eye for detail my man really nice job .. the bike shows how much

    of a fun experience the build must have been .. great story sick bike!

  • I have never wanted a bike so much in my life. I wouldn’t change anything about it – awesome.

  • Great bike, great story, great photos!

  • Lee Adams

    sweet little bike, I like it a lot

  • nice………..

  • Ricko Dayat

    This is one of them, and this story starts like many others on this site, person buys rusty old donor bike for next to nothing and decides to resurrect it into a beautiful little café racer. This is where the story differs from others. This time the owner’s Dad had seen the start of the project and had heard of the plans his son had for the bike, but unfortunately due to cancer, he didn’t know whether he will be alive when the bike was finished.

    Modifikasi motor Mio J :

  • Ramalan Zodiak

    good idea for modifikasi motor

  • man i love that tank i have an cb550f year 77 how mush i have to pay for a work like this

  • plus, dolores is also a person name