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Kerkus Motorworks Lives and Breathes Passion
"If I keep doing what is asked of me from others, I won't be able to come up with designs for Kerkus."
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 2020
How does it started

Kamarul Azahar Azman was only 28 when he started building custom bikes under the brand Kerkus Motorworks. He did it with his neighbour Azree, it was the year of 2012.

It wasn’t a planned move, claims Azahar, who explained that he had gotten in touch with motorbikes much later in life. In fact, he waited until he started working before purchasing his Honda CB400SF, but the love for motorbikes was almost instant.

Azahar’s first Cafe Racer bike back in 2011-2012. The Honda CB400SF, with a custom paint job by Coral Bay Custom.

Photo Courtesy by Kerkus FB Page

Keramat Kustom

Kerkus, short for Keramat Kustom has humble beginnings. Azahar and Azree started building bikes at the latter’s backyard, but only for themselves and only because they were having fun with it.

Upon sharing their finished work on social media and platforms such as Café Racer Malaya, the duo caught the attention of other bike enthusiasts and started receiving requests for custom bike building services.

Industry behind-the-scene players hangs out at Kerkus backyard garage with Naked13 motorcycle club andAsep of  Art Of Speed Malaysia.

Photo by Kerkus FB Page

8 years down the line saw different partners joining in and dropping out of Kerkus, but Azahar remained, his passion for bike building stronger than ever. Back when custom bike building was rare and the popularity of Café Racers in Malaysia only budding, Azahar was already playing a vital role in pushing the culture further.

Conversation video by Ameer Hakim & Muhaimin Roslan for Common Moto Affairs

Tail loop breakdown raw sketches by Kerkus crew.

Photo by Kerkus FB Page

Grinding the CB500F rear hump in getting the shape of the Cafe Racer look.

Photo by Common Moto Affairs

Bike building takes time, and in a place like Malaysia where competition is steep, one has no choice but to keeps prices competitive. There is almost no incentive monetary wise to continue on this path, but Azahar is adamant about pushing his skills further and turning his passion into a sustainable career path.

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