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DKW Boondocker

Posted on August 5, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 22 comments

We are always amazed by the unique bikes that are consistently coming out of Indonesia. We’re guessing it’s partly due to the fact that they have limited supplies of decent donor bikes which pushes them to think outside of the square. The latest Indonesian bike that pushes the creative boundaries is this DKW Boondocker racer built by Giant Hermanto and the guys at 15 Manifesto. The project started when Giant came across a rusty old DKW engine in a friend’s garage in Bali. These engines are very rare in Indonesian, so he wanted to build something special. Having always been inspired by vintage racers of the past, Giant decided to create “an old school 6 speed racing bike” – similar to the Italian made Gori bikes from the seventies.

As mentioned, the engine that started the whole project came from a 1972 MX125 DKW Enduro and was in found in the original rusted frame and was in very bad condition. The frame unfortunately wasn’t salvageable but the engine definitely was. It was completely restored and then bored up from 125cc to 200cc to create a more racing engine. A new performance Koso 34mm carburetor was also added.

The reborn engine has been mounted in a Suzuki GT250 frame. For braking, Giant has opted for front and rear drum brakes from a Kawasaki Meguro. The vintage RPM gauge is from an old Citroën and has been mounted on a triple clamp from a Harley-Davidson Aermacchi trail.

The pièce de résistance on this café racer has to be the tank and seat. Just like the fairing, they have all been hand made out of aluminum alloy. Giant chose classic gold clip-ons and brown grips on the handlebars. The seat has then been finished off with brown leather which has also been hand crafted.

Giant and the guys from 15 Manifesto have built a real classy little café racer showcasing their creativity in true Indonesian style. The bike only weighs 145kg and with a bored out 200cc engine, we’re sure this bike goes just as crazy as it looks.

  • Anymouse

    I hope I'm not the only one who thinks that pile is just plain ugly! I like certain aspects of it like the engine and tachometer, but that tank and seat look as if they've been dug out of a scrap pile, or maybe the creator had a cool design in his head but lacked the proper tools and skill to shape the metal accordingly. I also imagine it handles very poorly with most of the riders weight so far to the rear. Or maybe I'm in the minority and this "style" is the next big thing…

  • mechant

    is that a bubble visor as windscreen?

    • windage

      that is brilliant.


    Simply Badass and this is how we like em. Looks very simply built and with skilled detail. Pulled off a nice overall bike with subtle, clean touches that make you take a second look. Well done.

  • Sam Bendall

    very cool looking bike but I cannot think how uncomfortable a ride that would be. Especially someone of my stature and size.

    • arnold

      Gosh, If they made bikes in my younger years at 135 lbs, they could stop at 100 HP.
      More than 100 hp, I would’ve been uncomfortable.

  • itsmefool

    The Rocketeer called to say thanks for featuring his bike on Pipeburn!

    I’m just wondering where he’s supposed to put Jenny when they ride two-up!

  • acuity

    On the next bike they should just leave the visor on an old bonanza and incorporate that into the windshield/fairing.

    • arnold

      I need a little more to understand what you are saying. Bonanza comes up with the Cartwrights in the U.S.

  • Britbike

    Simply brilliant! Genius ideas and incredible craftsmanship in production. Who’da thunk a buck and a quarter ancient Deek’ would have such a great second chance in this life. Pipeburn is the best.

  • arnold

    Looks fast standing still (@3600 or 800 rpm). Where do these guys get these Ideas?
    Cool Beans Baby. ald

    (It must have hurt to use up one of the last Bel-Ray promo/payoff stickers in existence.)

    • itsmefool

      I didn’t even notice that! My guess, tho, is there’s a nice cottage industry over there makin’ copies of well-known (and probably even obscure) factory stickers.

  • Martin_syalala

    15 Manifesto Edaaannnn….. !!!!

    • black skin “bulux”

      what the mean “edaannnn”

      • cale

        It means “Krazy cool!”

  • Guzzto

    This is why I love this site, what a great build and totally unique.

  • black skin “bulux”

    yang bikin gerry tu…

    • i’m cool

      hmmm…this motorcyle very cool…. detailed of the handmade of this bike so crazy. Good job man….

  • 701let

    Love this thing, everything about this bike is truly unique. The balance of color from the alloy and leather with the small gold/copper highlights is absolutely bang on. Even the quirkyness of the tank and bubblescreen just works perfectly. With all this said, i’m not sure how comfortable it would be to ride, but that is beside the point. Well done!!!

  • HistoricHouseGuy

    Monster Radial Head!