Pursuit Of (Quirky) Happiness : Gajah Putih Bike Warehouse

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One kind of motorcycle enthusiast life cycle are, ride motorcycle – getting damaged – repair / customize it – repeat from the beginning. After all, our machine aren’t immortal, no matter how their ads bombastically saying its ridiculously durable, near bulletproof & potentially demolish a bridge. And I believe, in addition to riding it, the customization and repairing aspect always enjoyed by motorcycle enthusiasts.

When Dhito plans to look for indicators for Michelle, I remembered about a huge warehouse, containing the varieties of odd motorcycle parts, replicas, and most importantly: Cheap. Here’s our story, hunting down the treasure parts…

Salah satu siklus kehidupan motorcycle enthusiast, adalah mengendarai motor – rusak – perbaiki / kustomisasi – ulangi dari awal. After all, our machine ain’t immortal, sekalipun di iklannya secara bombastis menyebut mereka awet, bandel serta mampu merusak jembatan. Dan saya yakin, selain mengendarainya, fase memperbaiki serta kustomisasi-nya selalu dinikmati oleh motorcycle enthusiast.

Sewaktu Dhito berencana untuk mencari indikator untuk Michelle, saya jadi teringat sebuah gudang berisi beragam parts motor aneh, replika, dan yang terpenting : Murah. Here’s our story, hunting down the treasure parts…

Gajah Putih Godean Bike Warehouse shootupnride.com

The name place of the warehouse is Gajah Putih (White Elephant), located at the district of Godean, Yogyakarta. The Hint of its directions is actually simple, just ask the locals. But, if you want to feel tough & independent, just follow our way: Just search a building with an elephant statue. Result? We got lost for about 1 hour. Fortunately, our fate said we had to succeed reaching it, thanks to GPS! (Gunakan Penduduk Setempat / Use Local Peoples)

Nama gudang yang saya maksud, adalah Gajah Putih, berlokasi di kecamatan Godean, Yogyakarta. Petunjuk tempatnya sebenarnya cukup mudah, tanya saja penduduk sekitar. Tapi kalau ingin terlihat tangguh & mandiri, bisa ikuti cara saya : Mencari gudang yang ciri-cirinya ada patung Gajah. Hasilnya? Nyasar selama 1 jam. Untung takdir berkata kami harus sampai, terima kasih GPS! (Gunakan Penduduk Setempat)

Scooter Front Fairing Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

Like a kid in a toy store, we immediately scrambled and poking anything around us. The difference was, Gajah Putih aren’t your typical toy store, it’s more as sex toys store. Just imagine a confused innocent kid on sex toy store, curiously questioning about; What is this thing? It’s for who? Where is it come from? And honestly, I feel watched by those neo-futurist scooter shields. Maybe they will fit if you need properties for Big Brother theatrical performances or something that sounds Post-Apocalyptic.

Layaknya anak kecil yang masuk ke toko mainan, kami langsung berhamburan melongok-longok. Bedanya, toko mainan yang saya maksud adalah sex toys. Ya, anak kecil yang melihat sex toys pasti bingung; Itu untuk apa? Itu buat siapa? Itu punya siapa? Dan jujur, saya merasa diawasi oleh tameng-tameng skuter neo-futuris itu. Mungkin mereka cocok jika anda butuh properti untuk pentas teatrikal Big Brother atau sesuatu yang berbau Post-Apocalyptic.

Supra Engine Copy Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

Seeing these row of Honda C100-based complete machine, I finally understand what Kang Yadi, head honcho of YSS term for Super Cub that regularly wheelie at traffic light :

“Those creature harbor Gajah Putih parts”

Melihat deretan mesin-mesin berbasis Honda C100, saya jadi mengerti istilah Kang Yadi, head honcho dari YSS akan Super Cub begigi-empat dan rutin wheelie di lampu merah :

“Sudah jeroan Gajah Putih”

Motorcycle Springs Suspension shootupnride.com

Here’s 2013 Spring Collections. Choose your preferred configuration & color, this place got all kinds of suspender. Or, you want to looking “Biker Boyz” while neighborhood guard duty? Just use suspension for hitting the Kentongan. Or, you want to rival Agung Hercules, using suspension-looked mic with stage name “Agung Marquez“? Choice is yours.

Here’s 2013 Springs Collection. Pilih konfigurasi & warna yang anda suka, this place got all kinds of suspender. Atau anda ingin terlihat “anak motor” saat kebagian tugas ronda? Pakai saja suspensi untuk menghajar kentongan. Atau ingin menyaingi Agung Hercules dengan memakai mic berbentuk suspensi dengan nama panggung “Agung Marquez”? Choice is yours.

Canon Tire shootupnride.com

The longer we meddled this warehouse, the more we impressed about variety of Indonesian-made motorcycle parts. Hey, is this tire available on L-Series? Clearly, when Dhito checking its compound, he surely think 75% material of this tire is from plastic bucket. It will fit for anyone who need durable tire with exciting experiences while cornering & hard braking. At least this tire passed Indonesian National Standard for…Bucket category.

Makin lama kami mengobok-obok isi gudang ini, makin kagum akan keberagaman produk motor buatan Indonesia. Hey, apakah ban ini tersedia dalam L-series? Yang jelas, saat Dhito cek komponnya, dia yakin kalau material ban ini 70% berbahan ember plastik. Cocok untuk yang suka ban awet & menggairahkan saat masuk tikungan & hard braking. Setidaknya lulus standar SNI…Untuk ember.

Jianshe Headlamp Square shootupnride.com

At SNR circle, Yamaha RX-Z headlamp cover got a legendary status, as Darth Vader mask for Star Wars fans. However, with its near extinct population and rising prices, it wouldn’t hurt to find another alternatives. Chinese know what’s better for humanity, right?

Di lingkungan SNR, cover headlamp milik Yamaha RX-Z sangat didewakan, layaknya topeng Darth Vader bagi fans Star Wars. Namun mengingat populasi & harganya yang kian menanjak, tidak ada salahnya mencari alternatif lain. Chinese know what’s better for humanity, right?

Treadmill Scooter Dash shootupnride.com

Take a look to this sport bike. Eh? Sport bike? Well, that assumption came when Dhito says its dashboard looks like from treadmill. Yup, treadmill with cutest speedometer & brake reservoir, ever.

Take a look to this sport bike. Eh? Sport bike? Well, asumsi itu terbit saat Dhito berkomentar kalau dashboard-nya mirip treadmill. Yup, treadmill dengan speedometer & tabung reservoir rem terlucu.

Monkey Bike Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

These are the best treasure by our opinion compared with another Gajah Putih motorcycles. Well, you may guess what bike got that sexy arse right? And, one monkey bike who urged us for crashing our piggybank was…

Ini harta karun menurut kami dari deretan motor-motor Gajah Putih. Kalian bisa menebak motor dari bokongnya kan? Dan yang paling menggoda iman kami untuk menghancurkan celengan demi mainan baru diantara deretan monkey bike ini adalah...

Sachs Madass Copy Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

…This Sachs Madass-copy, created by Loncin. Yup, measuring by Dhito size, this mini skeletal supermoto not just copying, but also reducing its size about 40% compared with Madass, even its mirror and switch also getting shrunken. Put a Honda Win engine with classic tuning; Bored-up to 125cc using Kawasaki Kaze piston. Taraaa : Better toy than PS4!

…Kopian Sachs Madass yang dibuat oleh Loncin ini. Yup, jika melihat perbandingannya dengan Dhito, supermoto belulang mini ini bukan hanya sekedar kopian, namun juga diciutkan menjadi sekitar 40% dibanding Madass, bahkan sampai spion serta saklar-nya. Jebloskan mesin Honda Win dengan ubahan klasik; bore-up 125cc memakai piston Kawasaki Kaze. Taraaaa : Better toy than PS4!

Segway China Copy Shootupnride.com

Hmmm … I can’t comment much more about this red creature. The only thought on in my mind are…This is bastard child of vacuum cleaner with Segway? Note to self: This thing got four tires, it’s impossible to wheelie. But stoppie with this fire hydrant-looking machine guaranteed intense experience.

Hmmm…Saya tidak bisa komentar banyak akan makhluk merah ini. Yang ada di pikiran saya adalah…Err, sinergi mesin penghisap debu dengan Segway? Note : Bannya empat. Mustahil untuk wheelie. Tapi stoppie mesin yang mirip pompa pemadam kebakaran ini nampak menegangkan.

Honda CB 200 Dream Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

Okay okay, back to “proper” bike. I always drooling when saw Honda CB200-inspired bikes with a modern bits. And any motorcycle with rubber / plastic pad on the tank is a winner for me, no matter on the birth certificate it was written animal names such as Honda Tiger or Yamaha Scorpio. It’s a style that has been a cult on Indonesia motorcycle life, right?

Okay okay, kembali lagi ke “proper” bike. Saya selalu meneteskan air ludah kalau melihat Honda CB200-inspired dengan kaki-kaki modern. Any motorcycle with rubber / plastic pad on the tank is a winner for me, tidak peduli di akte lahirnya tertulis nama binatang seperti Harimau atau Kalajengking. It’s a style that has becoming a cult on Indonesian motorcycle life, right?

Tachometer Fuelmeter shootupnride.com

Oh yes, there are some souvenir beside we busy commenting on any object around here. We finally chose this speedometer and fuel indicator either-from-bike-or-weight-scales. Tiny & simple (and cheap!), Makes us didn’t really care about its accuracy. As long it got 140km/h number, it’s all good for us.

Oh iya, agar ada oleh-oleh selain sibuk mengomentari setiap objek disini, kami akhirnya memilih speedometer & indikator bahan bakar entah-dari-motor-atau-timbangan-berat-badan ini. Mungil & simple (dan murah!), membuat kami tidak peduli tingkat keakuratannya. Asal ada angka 140km/h, it’s all good for us.

Dito SNR Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

Yeah, that’s our story trying to become treasure hunters today. In these modern bike world when anything is instant as long money involved, appreciation about the “value” of precious parts are getting down, especially about how hard to find it, customizing random part to get it working, and of course, the “unique” feels that these buried & hidden parts offers.

Yeah, itulah kisah kami mencoba menjadi pemburu harta karun hari ini. Di dunia motor yang sekarang serba mudah & instan asalkan ada uang, apresiasi akan “nilai” dari parts berharga memang turun, terutama soal tantangan pencarian, kustomisasi barang random demi bisa berfungsi, dan tentu perasaan “beda”, yang bisa didapat dari parts-parts yang terkubur di gudang-gudang…

CB GL Cafe Racer Gajah Putih shootupnride.com

See what I mean? Behind those typical dirty and rusty-looking parts, maybe you can built your own masterpiece of motorcycle based by your wildest imagination. Passion, creativity & hard-work, that was I think the main foundation of Indonesia motorcycle customizer spirit. So, let your hands getting dirty, digging & finding these treasure parts on your nearest warehouse & flea market!

…See what I mean? Dibalik dekil & karat khas barang-barang bekas, bisa jadi anda bisa membuat mahakarya otomotif, sesuai imajinasi liar anda. Semangat, kreatifitas & kerja keras, itu yang saya rasa, menjadi pondasi semangat para pelaku kustomisasi motor Indonesia. Selamat mengotori tangan anda, mencari parts-parts bekas di gudang & pasar loak di sekitar anda!

12 Comments

  1. iya iya saya suka loakan karena harga barang copotan disana miring dan masih bisa ditawar
    soal Gajah Putih yang di Jogja (atau Wonogiri) itu apa
    gudang + toko onderdil bekas yang merangkap bengkel ya?
    terus motor-motor matic dan bebek itu lagi diperbaiki apa mau dipreteli?
    hehehe

    • Iya, disini juga bengkel motor-motor & ATV. Disini juga spesialis matic-matic Taiwan & China :)

      Nah, kurang tahu tuh…Tapi kalau yang ditaruh diluar kebanyakan mau diperbaiki atau motor karyawannya

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