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DKW Boondocker


Posted on August 5th, by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 1 Comment

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…