Welcome to Underbone Tuner

Underbone tuner is a free online magazine for Underbones, Scooters, Backbones and occasionally we might squeeze in a big bike or two . We have been covering small motorcycles modifying culture for over 8 years already and still counting. We have the latest updates/news on motorcycle racing events from all over the country such as circuit, motocross, flat track, endurance, trail and supermoto. We cover motorshows from all over the country. We cover the latest bike launches and the latest trends in bike modifying culture.

But at the core of Underbone Tuner is the bike modifying / customizing culture. We scour the country for the best motorcycle builders/modifiers. We feature the owners of these amazing bikes and the talented teams and individuals behind these bikes. We give you the story behind those builds and hopefully we inspire others to keep this fascinating culture alive.

This website is dedicated to all motorcycle enthusiasts, this our life, this is our passion, this is who we are. We may be riding different bikes but we share the same fascination and love for motorcycles. We are all brothers in two wheels.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gamma Powered Suzuki Raider 150 from Talisay Cebu

By: Arnel B. Santos-Ynigo

For this week we are featuring a Hulk inspired Suzuki Raider 150. The team behind it has done 
such a superb job of bringing the theme to life you could have sworn the bike was forged from Gamma Rays that created one of the most popular superheroes ever created "The Hulk".

The Hulk is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. 
The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1962, the character possesses virtually 
unlimited superhuman strength and invulnerability, attributes that grow more potent the angrier he becomes. Hulk is the alter ego of Bruce Banner, a socially withdrawn and emotionally reserved physicist who physically transforms into the Hulk when under emotional stress. No wonder the character has grown to such popularity because of the constant conflict the character has to face.

The bike is owned by Ranniel Vallecera Mellejor a businessman originally from Catigbian, Bohol. 
But now based in Talisay, Cebu. He wanted his bike to stand out, he wanted it to project strength 
and toughness. So Ranniel decided to adapt the Hulk theme. So he worked with Cocoi Franco Jagape with the airbrush art for the body and from there they used accessories that would complement
the overall theme.  

Ranniel stripped the bike down with the help of his cousins Joseph, Herbert,and Baduy. From there 
they had the chassis painted by Shino Kevin. While Cocoi was busy working on the body with the airbrush work they were already working on the procurement and installation of the parts and accessories. They opted to use only the best aftermarket parts. The team installed Racing Boy Handle grips, Rearset, Fork stabilizer, frame cover, clutch and Brake lever, fluid tank cover, caliper guard, chain guard and chain tensioner. They also upgraded the front suspension to TTGR shocks. To improve the bikes performance they used 32mm SWR Flat slide carburetor. They also used WorkTech high performance swing arm. The team also used Option1 parts such as the Chainset, Steering damper and side mirrors. They also used THDM parts such as Tupaknam Duo Cap and Front shock clip.

To make the bike more aggressive they used Uma quick throttle and Namban Racing Pipe V7. They also used Noiwatdan flat seat to keep the weight down. The rest of the original parts were chromed up to really emphasize and complement the artwork on the bikes body panels. The engine was kept stock but they tweaked the intake to give the bike more kick. 

The bike has been making waves in the local bike shows in Cebu but Ranniel wants to expand his horizons and is planning of competing in bike shows all over the Visayas area. Their creation has been racking up trophies and proved to be a crowd favorite especially for children who are very fond of super heroes. 



SpongeBob Themed Thai- Style Yamaha MIO from Mandaue

By: Arnel B. Santos-Ynigo

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and
animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors
of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom.
The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever
air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. The media franchise has
generated $8 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.

Just like the world famous animated character, a bike Modifier in Cebu has been making waves
in the Bike show scene in the queen city of the south.  The bike is a Yamaha MIO
with a Thai Style concept which emphasizes low weight bikes to improve the power to weight
ratio. Not contented with a decals make over the owner Zenel Mendiola opted to have
a custom airbrush theme wherein he tapped the expertise of Franco "Cocoi" Jagape which
proved to be a solid combination as the bike has been racking-up wins in the bike show
scene all over Cebu.

Going into the bike it sports a wide array of Bikers, Racing Boy, DK, K-Tech parts and
all sorts of THDM goodies. For the suspension it uses Trusty for the front shocks and
Racing Boy for the rear shocks. For the braking system it uses Racing Boy Calipers,
Disk Rotors and Levers. For the Engine its uses MTRT parts to boost performance and
to achieve an aggressive exhaust profile, they installed Daeng Racing pipe.
The bike uses Machimura rims fitted with Osaki Spokes. To finish this off they opted
for a custom airbrushed body and seat.

"The most challenging aspect of building this show bike is the machining of parts which
were meant for other bike models, we had to be precise with our measurements to integrate
the parts to the bike smoothly." Zenel reiterated during the interview.



Weapon-X : Wolverine Yamaha MIO Show Bike by Tron Bike Works

By: Arnel B. Santos-Ynigo

Weapon-X is a fictional Canadian covert operations program that appeared in books published by Marvel Comics,  the most notable former member of this covert operations unit happens to be Wolverine one of the most popular characters in Marvel Universe. Born James Howlett and commonly known as Logan, Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses,  enhanced physical capabilities, and powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor.  He has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.

Wolverine is typical of the many tough antiheroes that emerged in American popular culture after the Vietnam War, his willingness to use deadly force and his brooding nature became standard characteristics for comic book antiheroes  by the end of the 1980s. As a result, the character became a fan favorite of the increasingly popular X-Men franchise, and has been featured in his own solo comic since 1988.

Just like the beloved Marvel character this bike is poised to shake things up in the bike show scene in Cebu. The man behind this bike is Mr. Rudito Tradio Gilig the owner of Tron Bike Works. Tron Bike Works specializes in show bike building but what makes them standout is their unparalleled pedigree in automotive electronics which they have taken to a whole new level. Mr. Rudito traces his humble beginnings as an Electronic technician working for a big company but little did he know that a request to install lighting for his friends motorcycle  would be the start of something special. His friend started to post his works in Facebook and to his surprise many riders admired his works and were fascinated by it, from There Tron Bike Works was born and it has been growing ever since, they now offer a wider range of services such as custom light work, custom electronics work  for cars and motorcycles, motorcycle modifications/customizations, parts and accessories.

Going into the bike it sports a Wolverine (The Weapon-X) theme they also emphasized Tron Bike because the signature lighting modification by the team is inspired by the movie Tron. Remember those VR Bikes from the movie with their wheels of light, this team has found a way to do it. Tron Bike Works is the only shop in Cebu that can light up the wheel and keep it lighted even if the bike is running even at top speed. They have come-up with innovative ways to transmit stable electrical power to a rotating wheel. The airbrush art was done by Cocoi Franco Jagape one of the most sought after airbrush artists from Cebu. All the custom light work and electronic work was done by Tron Bike Works headed by Mr. Rudito himself. The Team at Tron Bike Works installed Option 1 Exhaust Heat Shield, QZR Seat, Racing Boy Rear Shocks, Racing Boy Brake Levers, MTRT Engine upgrades, Bikers Step Bar, Bikers Lever Protectors, KTech front shocks, Panom Axle sliders and other THDM goodies.

"I am proud to say that we have made this Scooter truly unique as I have developed a technique to
continuously transmit stable electrical power from the battery across a rotating rim allowing us to install LED lights on rims / mags even if it is in rotating motion. It took a lot of time and effort to develop it initially but we have perfected it and now we provide this modification to our customers." Mr. Rudito reiterated during an interview when we asked him about Tron Bike Works signature modification (The Tron Rim Lights). 



Saturday, July 8, 2017

The US1 Motorshow 2016 - Highlights and Picture Gallery

By: Arnel B. Santos-Ynigo

Underbone Tuner was on the scene for the 1st US1 Motorshow 2016 last September 25 to 26, 2016.
It was held at the SM City Cebu Entertainment Center. The event was organized by one of the
prominent scooter clubs in Cebu City "US1 Inc. Ride On Live On". It was the first time the group
organized a motor show but despite that the event was a smashing success. It attracted 39
show bikes from all over the region even some teams from Manila. The whole venue was packed as the group was able to secure the Entertainment Center of SM City Cebu. Aside from the participants
it attracted droves and droves of mall goers. There were plenty of games and fun activities for
the participants and spectators alike during the 2 day motor show.

"This is our first time to organize an event and it is a very memorable one. We were overwhelmed by the support the show bike building community. We got around 39 show bike entries, with participants coming from Bohol, Manila, Negros and of course Cebu. There could have been more but we reached the full capacity of the venue. We are totally amazed because we did not expect to have that kind of response from the show bike owners specially from outside Cebu. It was a very successful event because of the help of our members and admins there was great teamwork, this event for us is very special because we believe that we shared the real meaning of a motor show competition and we think that this is the first time a scooter club organized a motor show with 174 total awards, 18,000 pesos total of cash prize and worth of 10,000 pesos total of accessories up for grabs for all participants." Mr. Archie Lamberte re-iterated during an interview.

Big cash prizes, freebies, gift certificates, hotel accommodations were up for grabs in the end Mr. Kim Enriquez of team LOLZ TATIM bagged the overall champion winning 10,000 pesos cash prize + 1 overnight stay at Parklane Hotel + gift certificate of Morebites Pizza and plaque. His bike was modified by the talented brothers Jhay Bhee Bernal and Archie Bernal of Marulas Valenzuela Manila and they also bagged several awards duringthe show such as Champion in Display, Champion for Chrome and Champion for Detailed bike. Oril Arzol of Repz Team of Negros got the 1st runner-up for showbike champion winning 5,000 pesos cash prize + plaque + Morebites Pizza gift check. He
also bagged the Championship for the extreme modified underbone, and Champion in airbrush underbone. Jon Malinao got the 2nd place showbike champion + 3,000 cash prize + plaque + Morebites Pizza gift check. He also bagged the Championship for engine setup underbone
and Champion for Best in Pipe.

US1 would like to Thank all the sponsors who made the event possible SM City Cebu, KC production, Oomph radio 105.1, DES marketing, Smart Communication, Inside Racing Magazine, Cebu Daily News, Home Radio, Skycable, Parklane hotel, DDM Motorparts, Gialmor hobby shops, Monesco Printing Service, Twinbee, The emerald bar, Morebites Pizza and Tronbikes. They would also like to acknowledge all the clubs and show bike builders who joined the event such as Team Ranniel, ZoomerX club, Cebu team BMZak, Alfa Racing Team ( genwin concept ), Cebu Wave 125 owners club, Club 150i Yamaha Sniper Carolinian Bike Riders, Team Celmal, Repz Team, Team Crisel Quiel, Team Lolz Tatim, Uc-metc riders club, Team wild gamble joker concept, Yamaha Cebuana Club, Strays, Amore Racing Club, Team Mesc cebu, and Three L Motorparts.



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