This weekend we’ll be heading to Jogjakarta to take part in Indonesia’s biggest custom culture festival called Kustomfest. The custom motorcycle industry in Indonesia seems to be going from strength to strength, and a testament to this is the hundreds of quality builds on display at this years show. One of these bikes that will no doubt be a crowd pleaser at Kustomfest is this super clean ‘Honda CL650’ by the talented guys at Thrive Motorcycles based in Jakarta. Given the name “Balfour” this is a project that Thrive took on for a friend called Anka who happens to be a huge Honda enthusiast but his collection of Honda’s have all been restored to original condition and had never customized one – until now.
It’s easy to become jaded working here. Like some biking Roman Emperors, we get all the latest and greatest two-wheeled pleasures lavished upon us on a daily basis. The sweetest cafés, the plumpest brats and the most exotic trackers – all hand peeled and fed to us from a silver platter. Let’s face it, it’d be pretty easy for us to become spoilt. What am I saying? We are spoilt. But just as we find ourselves nodding off into a cool bike-induced coma, this appears in our mail. So, like a proud ruler parading a never-seen-before rhinoceros to a boudoir full of amazed onlookers, we’d like to present to you the ‘Cross’. What is it? It’s Thrive Motorcycles, that’s what.
Written by Martin Hodgson.
“Oh come on!” is not a quote from the builder of this custom masterpiece but my own as I gazed across the first images that appeared in my inbox and realised that like my latest build this too was done at home. But whereas I thought I was fairly clever for making a carbon fibre seat for my ride, Ram Ram has literally built this bike from scratch. We both started by searching eBay, but that is where the similarities end and I for one can only stand, applaud and tip my cap to a man who takes back yard builds to a whole new level.
Written by Ian Lee.
Nothing ever really goes to plan. The multitude of options available to us at any one time makes it hard to know where we will end up. Unless it’s time to go to the pub, because that is a given. This indecisiveness through an excess of options affects the custom motorcycle world as well, with culture/drivetrain/performance/bike styling choices making it hard to settle on one result. This is what happened with today’s feature bike, the latest offering from Indonesian bike builders Studio Motor. Over the course of the build process the engine capacity tripled in size and gained a nationalist motif, all while staying true to the café racer spirit. Built from the ground up using Indonesian ingenuity in the face of a limited custom bike scene, Studio Motor knows certainly knows the best options when it comes to bringing a bike to life. Ladies and Gentleman, we’d like to introduce you to ‘The Patriot’.
Another day, another killer Honda build. This time it’s a build from a relative new-comer to the scene; Indonesia’s Flash Rabbit Custom Garage. Run by celebrity and actor Derby Romero, the shop seems to exhibit all the classic traits of the best builders in this part of the world. Namely, a fresh approach with the guts to do things a little different from the mainstream scene. In this case that translated to a build that took influences from the café, bobber and brat scenes. The results? We’ll let them speak for themselves – with a little help from Romero, of course.
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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.
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