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MOTO PHOTOS: 2017 Kustomfest Show, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Posted on October 29, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 19 comments

Written by Andrew Jones

In our second big South-East Asian event for 2017, and easily one of the best shows all year, October saw us in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for two days of custom motorcycle wet dreams, beers and sate sticks all wrapped up in a very cool hoedown called ‘Kustomfest’. We came, we saw, we wandered. And at the end of it, we were glad we did.

Kromworks’ Andika Pratama and ‘The Stone’ Harley Evo took the overall best bike award

Yogyakarta aka Jogjakarta aka ‘Jogja’ is Indonesia’s old capital, and is placed about halfway between Jakarta and the island of Bali, smack bang in the middle of central Java. If you can imagine all the best bits of Jakarta and Denpassar in one not so big city, you’d be on the right track. It’s also smack bang alongside the sometimes dormant Mount Merapi volcano. Locals assured me that it only erupted every four years or so, and it’d been about three years since its last tango. Good to know.

After meeting our P.A. Ratna, who made us feel like kings while we were there, we were quickly whisked of to the show on the afternoon before its official opening. The frantic race to get things ready for the next morning jarred markedly with the casual, unfussed attitude of the Javanese locals. Clearly they had a long night ahead of them.

Start ’em young

Woken by the local Mosque’s calls to prayer (all 5 of them), I grab a quick bite to eat and head back to the convention centre. The show’s in full flight. The previous day’s army of tradesmen have disappeared into the humid morning air and the crowds, both local and international are descending. What a scene.

Held under the one roof, the show’s divided into three distinct sections. The display booths occupy the eastern third of the space and include such luminaries as Deus ex Machina, Royal Enfield and local builders Studio Motor. The middle area is an ocean of custom bikes, with the only respite being the event’s main stage. And the western end was occupied by our four-wheeled brethren, including some homesick-inducing Aussie metal. I looked longingly at a Torana, Monaro and Statesman before my patriotic tears prevented me from seeing them properly.

Custom Concept Industries Yamaha RD received our Best in Show award

Moto celebrities were in abundance. I was stoked to again catch up with Kai from Cherry’s, along with the always smiling Shige from Mooneyes Japan. Some new acquaintances included Christian from Sosa Metalworks and Yaniv Evan from Hollywood’s Powerplant Motorcycles. Local bike royalty was almost too extensive to mention, but finally getting to meet Studio Motors and Thrive Motorcycles was way cool. Veteran Aussie Indo stalwarts Geoff and Luke from Return of the Cafe Racers/Tank Moto/Fuel mag provided some familiar accents and advice on what to do when.

And then there were the bikes. Show’s like this tend to give you the feeling that there’s just way too many cool things to wrap your head around and that you’re probably missing out on entire goldmines of goodness. Kustomfest was no different; just when I thought I’d made a complete mental list of my favourites, I’d see another bike that would blow me away. Needless to say, the bikes you see here are just the tip of the show’s iceberg; nonetheless they were they ones that really floated our boats.

Pap and Mam’s 250cc scrambler

There was a distinct focus on boardtrackers and scramblers, at least in the show’s ‘open’ sections. And the usual (yet always cool) Japanese influences that understandably dominate at the Asian shows were there, too. Plenty of out-there sissy-barred choppers and bobbers with whitewalls were on display. We’ve sifted through thousands of photos to produce the minuscule collection you see here.

A Honda board tracker from Puspa Kediri Kustoms

Dropping some cash on a gold flake helmet and some awesome pin striping from Japanese brushers Jetwrench Art Studio, we eventually had ourselves a suitable trophy which was duly awarded to the local boys at Custom Concept Industries for the awesomely minimal Yamaha RD scrambler (Above). What it lacked in bling and fuss in more than made up for in pure ‘it must really rip’-ness. Not being able to ride it like a lunatic was a genuine downer.

Sunday afternoon saw us descend into a well-earned beers and food fest which eventually moved on to the official after party. Nothing says ‘off the hook’ like free bottles of whisky being passed around and the Monday morning vibe was decidedly damaged. Happy, but damaged.

A Kawasaki KZ200 hardtail bobber from Sambrog Garage

All up, it was a truly awesome show and one that we’ll seriously look forward to next year. With its mix of tropical weather, number and range of bikes, international pulling power and chilled vibe you’d be hard-pressed to beat it pretty much anywhere outside of Japan. And that’s including Australia. If you’ve been planning a trip to the bottom right part of the map, you’d be crazier than Donald Trump’s P.A. to miss this one in 2018. See you there.

A Honda boardtracker by BNJ Workshop

Kustomfest main man LT (L) And Yaniv from Powerplant Motorcycles (R)

[ KustomfestInstagram | Photos by Kustomfest and Ron from Speedhunters ]

  • guvnor67

    That opening photo is a cracker, the next one of the Harley so good, the third pic of the Hall: look at all that Moto goodness! Then the green Honda Board Tracker, and then the red one! Phew! The others are good too be these blew me away!

    • As someone who looks at bikes every day and is easily bored, the show was a real eye opener. Great to see new metal from shops you didn’t know existed.

      • guvnor67

        Absolutely! And often working with very basic tools apparently.

  • Bultaco Metralla

    There is some great work here. The board tracker style is done wonderfully well. I must make the trip to see the next one. It is a real eye opener to see what is happening.

  • Dave Coetzee

    If I ever come into more bucks than I can spend, this would be the way to go … visiting shows like this and esp. that “outdoor-sy” one somewhere in Europe? where everything is in walking distance.

  • Tyler Stone

    Those boardtrackers though! That will never take off in America, I’m afraid – small displacement doesn’t work here, because it forces you off the highways. I’d still love to have one though.

    • Or you could just stay of the highways and use the twisty backroads… 😉

      • Coolridge


  • Robert Minor

    They don’t have to take a backseat to anyone in the world. Outstanding examples.

  • Coolridge

    This is why Pipeburn is so treasured. Small focused workshops sculpting unique bikes. Don’t know if you blokes (n’babes) know this, in my world your influence spans the culture. For instance yesterday there was a devout 20 something WASP, a Burmese bloke, a small boy and this 60 something pulling down a BSA Bantam to rebuild as the little fellows first ride. The little fellow had a series of shots of the elements he wanted, and yes they were all from your missives. Cool!

    • Damn, that’s a great story. Send them our regards! 😀

      • Coolridge

        Life is full. the little fella was cruising through my shed showing no interest in the MV Agusta, Honda Dream, BMW R90S and even the Kawa 900S. Then fixed his eyes on the BSA, Honest it was love at first site! He came running back to us, and wordlessly just pointed at the bike. His father and I pointed to a Honda Monkey hanging from the rafters and suggested it with a CB125 motor might be cooler. But know way, that Bantam “looks like soooo cool!”. So there you have it!

  • Andy Rappold

    Soo much eye candy….I am a bit lost here!!

  • the watcher

    Man I want that RD!

    • Jonesy

      Right on Watcher! Or should I say “Right on RD”?

  • martin hodgson

    So much girder goodness! I’m constantly impressed with the builders of Sth East Asia’s ability to take small, cheap commuter bikes and build crazy customs that look as good as anything you’ll see at a top US show. The level of fab work is just so good, honestly think SE Asian and Indian builders are pushing the envelope harder than anyone and definitely the part of the world showing the greatest level of innovation imo love it!