Indonesian Fighter Day
FIGHTER DAY X
Indonesian Fighter Day 2016
Words: Dave M Pics: BaseCamp Utara
We’ve shown you, in a previous issue of WWB, just how radical the customised streetbikes of Indonesia can be, and how they’re seemingly influenced by the styling of German streetfighters. But, up until now, we haven’t touched on the social side of Indonesian bike life...
The pictures that you see here are from ‘Fighter Day X’, an event that is held once every year, in October. As the ‘X’ suggests, the 2016 event was the tenth anniversary for Fighter Day, and somewhat unsurprisingly it attracted a great number of bikes and riders from all over Indonesia. The location was Ketenger Baturaden, near the town of Purwokerto in Central Java - an area popular with tourists thanks to the region’s trekking, camping and hot springs. But the local attractions were forgotten, as this weekend is all about the bikes!
Thanks to Indonesia’s import regulations, it’s incredibly expensive to buy an imported motorcycle, and the bikes that’re produced in the country are small capacity singles licenced from the big Japanese factories – bikes like the Honda Tiger, the largest of which is just 250cc... But the importation of secondhand parts isn’t as strictly regulated, so it’s possible to get hold of used sportsbike parts like FireBlade wheels, GSX-R forks, VFR swinging arms etc. And it’s these components that’re used to make the little commuter bikes into such eye-boggling and outstanding streetfighters!
Fighter Day X was the big event of the year, with over 400 participants, and an outstanding variety of machinery. Organised by the region’s biggest streetfighter club – Minorfighter Indonesia – the scene is continually expanding, with an element of café racer styling now creeping into the builds. Founder of the Indonesian scene, and father of the Minorfighters community, is Agus Djanuar, whose workshop in Puwokerto has seen the birth of a great many of the modified bikes that’re seen in the region.
While very few of the Indonesian ‘fighter builders and riders speak English, we’ll be keeping an eye on what they’re building. You’ll certainly be seeing more features coming out of Java!