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1981 Kawasaki Z200 – Darizt Design

Posted on September 10, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. 43 comments

Imagine not being able to afford to buy any type of motorcycle. Not even the rustiest, crappiest, lowest of the low displacement bike that you wouldn’t even play wee-wee firemen with it if an English rioter had agressively flambéd it. Then imagine living in a country that has a very limited selection of bikes. Then imagine (stay with us here) you have a dream to become a great custom bike builder. What do you do? Well, Agus Darizt from Java, Indonesia faced this problem a few years ago. So he worked out the only thing he could afford to customize was small scale model kits. He got so good at handling the super glue and plastic a friend asked Agus whether he would be interested in building a real bike for him. Of course he jumped at the chance and he hasn’t looked back since. “I started from scratch,” he says. “I learnt how to weld, how to use a bench lathe machine and refined my metal shaping techniques, and 5 months later the Preambule Orange CB100 (pictured below) was finished”. Now three years later and Agus is up to his ninth bike, or “attempt number 9” as he humbly calls it. 

First build! Did someone say it’s a honda cb100?

We’ll let Agus give you the brief rundown on his latest creation. “The 9th attempt base is a 1981 Kawasaki Z200. I started building in early June 2011 and it was recently finished in August 2011. Almost total modification from the original frame to extend the wheel base front suspension is from Yamaha Byson, and the rear is from Daytona. The tank is taken from some old motorcycle from the junk yard – my best guess is from an old Zundapp. The exhaust pipe, handle bars, saddle are all hand made. Forward control and footsteps are made from bicycle’s crank and bottom bracket. There’s also some parts that I’ve taken from bicycles, like cable and cable holder. The paint job was done in my small garage.”

“To boost up the performance, the cylinder head was bored up and replaced the piston with the bigger size from some 80’s Honda Civic. Excellent. The carb was replaced with Mikuni 32mm and I upgraded the ignition and all the wiring.”

“For me, building a bike is just like painting or making statue but with different media. It has to be something new and different but come with distinctive style, the theme and concept has to be clear. Because I want my custom bikes to be valued and appreciated just like painting or other work of art.”

In our humble opinion, Agus has created exactly what he was striving for: a unique piece of rolling art that is distinctive in his own Darizt style. It may only be a Z200 but it’s definitely batting out of his league – just like Darizt. There’s only one thing we wish we could see… and that’s his next “attempt”.

  • That is seriously nice. Agus has some serious skills and a great eye. TOP notch work

  • Really love the work from this guy. It's just amazing what he achieves with such limited resources. Makes me feel like an underachiever for having achieved so little with such vast resources…

  • Denise


  • Excellent photography, who's the photog?

  • riz

    good lord that is beautiful…and I'm guessing well below Deus' pricing 😀

  • Gloo

    Beautiful bikes! Question: Does the rear wheel hit the fender when the shocks compress a bit? It looks like the rear fender clearance is a lot less than the shock's travel. Could be these pics too. Sometimes I get fooled by certain angles and refractions.

    Excellent attention to details. 🙂 The Kawasaki looks like a lot of fun to ride.

  • Denver

    Look at it man..what would you do more? Great job!!

  • Den

    Great Ride, well done!

  • Greybeard

    That little orange hard-tail was his first build?

    Oh, this guy's going places!

    I WANT one of those!

  • Send this man to Darwin on L.A……

  • Glenn

    Nice work!

  • Excellent vision and execution. Keep creating Agus.

  • Susilo W.

    I take those picture(exclude CB100) while "mudik" in jogja, but I though not excellent…:P

  • riz

    @ mas susilo, fotone njenengan apik kok mas! salut

  • Ash in Bali

    Excellent creation, Agus. It is stylish, refined, and there are no superfluous objects on the bike. Less is more. The colour scheme works well. Great choice of photo backdrop too.

  • Douglas Paijo

    Mas Agus, apik tenan,mas… absolutely state of the art! Jogja pancen Istimewa!!!

  • Grr

    Salut, orang Jogja gak ada matinye kalo soal Motor Klasik…

  • Jay Allen

    THIS is the guy that should be on TV!

  • For a guy who only started with glue, he makes great bikes!

  • Russell Lowe

    Great design, but it looks to me like the designer has extended his physical modeling skills into Photoshop and Illustrator … Cheers

  • I keep coming back to this one. The lines are perfect!

  • Beauty, Looks better. Nice paint/colour scheme.

  • Awesome seat and tail. Love the lettering work too. 
    Only thing I’d change would be to paint the blinkers black.

    Very nice indeed.

  • Love the front number plate – never seen something like that before…

    • Paintguru

      Probably because of the injuries caused by front number plates in collisions with pedestrians. Frightening. Front plates were abandoned decades ago in Europe.

      • ccc40821

        Or, just as likely, because the law requires a front fender. ront license plates painted on deep sided front frenders, or mounted over the head lamp were ok, safetywise. Those mounted longitudally on the front fenders were a different matter; they were known as ‘ballcutters’ before they were abandoned here in Denmark.

        Great little bike – and bless him for not mounting Firestones.

  • VR

    It looks like fun to ride and that is what a motorbike should allways be.

  • vachequipis

    A great little bike, but I have a soft spot for the old KZ200’s as I had one as my first real bike many moons ago! I killed that thing. I wish it looked like this one though! 

  • bbsf

    Ulah Adigung? Wt… Doesn’t sound like any indonesian I know.. Javanese perhaps?

    • Don’t look at me – my Indo is non-existent. ‘Manoch” doesn’t sound so Indo to me – so maybe Javanese… or Malay?

      • Dano Nugraha

        Well…”Ulah Adigung” came from Sundanese, West Java 🙂

        Dano – Yogyakarta – Indonesia

    • Popisdeath

      yes u rite, ulah adigung is sundanise language (west Java) not indonesian, Manoch name is from kupang from east Indonesia heheh sorry..

  • Mpress


  • anyiiing… alus euy! hade pisan eta motor…

  • atmoko

    cool,,like it,,,kerenlah bro,,:D

  • luSca custom design

    I like so much the bottom!

  • oblenkz

    indonesian said : mannttaaaabbbh….!!
    Indonesia also has several bike builder with the best works,,such as : many more….

  • willie_leake

    Cool bike. Anyone know where to get those signal lights?

    • mototrigger

      i have the signal light mr. Willie. if you want, i can sent to your door.. mail me

  • Agung Ronggowarsito

    weeeeits_ gokil masbro !!!

  • Bogel Brotherhood

    Indo should be! Salute!

  • Calum_pryce-tidd

    what wheels are these?

  • FZ