Claiming that the motorcycle customisation scene in Malaysia is more than two decades behind, he said the biggest obstacle is convincing people to think out of the box.
“No matter how expensive a bike you have, there will be a 100 more just like it,” he said, pointing out that customisation allowed one to own a unique machine, comparable to none.
However, Faizal said the customisation scene is gaining traction in Malaysia, and this is a positive sign.
Many consider large engine capacity motorcycles, especially American makes, to be overpriced, with numerous models extending beyond the RM100,000 mark.
This has led to the perception that such motorcycles are for the well-heeled, but Faizal argued otherwise, claiming that almost anyone can own such a motorcycle.
“It is just that some people have different priorities. Take me as an example. When I bought my first bike, I did not have a car.
“So instead of using my money to buy a car, and drive around in a cage, I bought the bike. Rain or shine, I rode it. I didn’t care.
“Give or take, the monthly installment for a bike is about the same as that of a car. So it all depends on priorities. If you are really passionate about bikes, then forego the car. You can’t have it all.”
As for the younger generation who are interested in venturing into the customising business, Faizal’s advice to them is to “follow your heart and do it.”
“Don’t be afraid, just do it. This is what Malaysians lack… do it.”
To the question on where he sees himself in the future, Faizal said he would be rolling down the road on his motorcycle.
“I still see this shop running. But instead of being hands on (with the operations), I will be riding around the world… I just want to be free…
“My wife’s dream is to settle in Bali, have a little hut there, and ride our old Triumph (motorcycle), and I share this dream as well.”