Benjie Flipprboi's Biography
By Nicole Flipgurlcole BCR Publicist, PR
Benjie's Cafe Racer, (BCR), founded by Benjie Flipprboi, is a one of a kind bike builder. He creates vintage cafe racers out of old Japanese and British bikes without copying any other builders. For every single bike, the gas tank, seat, bars, and most of the remaining parts of the bike are all hand fabricated. Nothing is bought except the original bike itself, and then it is spruced up with Benjie's own hand- fabricated parts. BCR is a unique custom builder that creates genuine and stylish vintage cafe racers like no other builders.
Throughout the years, Flipprboi's main focus was not centered on motorcycles but more on a general interest in design arts, which he studied in college. However, simply studying the art did not satisfy his hunger for knowledge, therefore he turned to his first great fascination of cars and started his own projects. He always favored the European styling, such as the body lines of European cars, so for his first project he worked on a Volkswagen Beetle. It took awhile to perfect its restoration and customizing, but in the end the car turned out beautiful. Upon finishing the VW Beetle, Benjie was inspired to restore and customize other cars, envisioning different designs that have never been seen before. For his second project, he bought and customized a Porsche, which he still owns to this day. All these new designs kept evolving within the designer's mind; then before he knew it, Benjie Flipprboi became a master mechanic for car dealers such as Porsche, Mercedes, Toyota, and Honda, to name a few. The innovative mechanic designed his own style for each car, creating absolutely unique vehicles.
Despite Benjie's great fascination with cars, he eventually turned to motorcycles for projects since restoring cars was too time consuming. In order to create a great motorcycle a design had to be created and perfected. Therefore when Benjie designs a look, he sketches it in his mind, envisioning the perfect design. With this done, the bike is created exactly how it was imagined without compromising the desired image. BCR creates unique cafe racers because whatever image the designer imagines, it is not altered in any way when being made into the actual motorcycle. Then, once the vision is perfected, Flipprboi starts pounding away to build the dream bike. He uses sheet metal from scratch for the tanks and seats and hand fabricates most of the bike, completely customizing it with his own signature styles. When building the bike, Flipprboi makes sure that it is different from other bikes in the market, as well as other bikes he already built. No motorcycle is imitated or duplicated, for each bike created by BCR is fabricated and designed to be a truly one-of-a-kind bike.
The styles of each BCR motorcycle is different from the other bikes in the world. No styles of BCR's bikes are similar, which imposes a gamut of styles and designs within a single builder. The main focus of BCR designing is to portray uniqueness. There are not many, if not no other, motorcycle companies that create vintage cafe racers out of Japanese and British bikes BCR prefers using old bikes for platforms because of the strong character that today's dime-a-dozen bikes do not have. BCR bikes are consistently dark colored because the bright colors, such as yellow, do not compliment the classic style of the bikes. The dark colors compliment the vintage cafe racers while the bright hues would overwhelm them. BCR wants the bikes to stand out for the design, shape, and structure, and not the colors. The company aims for unique simplicity within the bikes' form, which BCR believes is the best form a bike could have. The inspiration behind the masterful designs come from Von Dutch's famous flowing pinstripe of the 40's. Pinstriping always flows on a bike, or on any medium for that matter, which is how Benjie Flipprboi prefers the tank-to-seat transition to be. With this simple yet masterful inspiration, BCR is able to design simple, stylish, one-of-a-kind cafe racers.
Benjie's Café Racer, which was rooted as a personal project, is now flourishing as an up and coming custom builder. Many companies try to execute designs similar to BCR's bikes but fail to capture the true essence of the motorcycle. What makes BCR stand out from the monotanous group of builders is the uniqueness of the bikes' production and the bike itself. BCR hopes to soon manufacture its own style, frame, and engine while still focusing on the vintage café racer genre. Mirroring its motorcycles, BCR is a unique café racer builder that is definitely worthy of recognition.
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