Guest Writer : Black Holes & Revelation, Satrio Ponco Hutomo & Pleki

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Hell-o, striders!

I’m Ponco, one of Bikerspit’s crew, and I ride…Suzuki Thunder EN 125! (Hello Sherry, you got a lil’ bro over here~). And I’ll tell you guys our story together…

Ah, pardon me to not introduce him first to y’all, his name is Pleki, a 2007’s native with black paint-job, and to be honest; He’s my second love. Yes, finally I admit it, haha! He’s been around since I was in senior high school till now, where I go to college (And please, don’t get started on how long I’ve been going to college, really).

Hello Striders…Gue Ponco, salah satu crew dari Bikerspit, dan motor gue adalah……Suzuki Thunder 125! Disini, gue mau cerita pengalaman gue bersama dia…

Oiya sebelumya kenalan dulu yuk sama dia, namanya Pleki, kelahiran tahun 2007, warnanya hitam dan sebenarnya dia cinta kedua gue. Iya gue ngaku. Dia udah nemenin gue mulai SMA sampai sekarang gue kuliah (please jangan tanya semester berapa…)

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 sit on floor

For me, choosing Thunder 125 as your partner was just same thing as devoting your whole life for it. Why? Because you won’t be able to ditch this bike, even I admit, sometimes I made another affair with Vespa PX & Excel when Pleki makes me bored. (Keep it secret guys!)

Buat gue, milih Thunder 125 sama saja seperti membuat kontrak mati sama motor. Kenapa? Soalnya motor ini susah banget ditinggalin, walaupun gue sempet goyah, dan berpaling ke lain hati (besi) seperti Vespa PX & Excel, yang rela jadi selingkuhan gue ketika bosan dengan Pleki. (Keep it secret guys!)

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 night road

There’s just lots of story I had made with Pleki, like my first ride with my girlfriend, nearly got street-robbed at Banjar, having my first ticket, till the accident that got him suspended for almost a year.

He ain’t good looking bike, but Pleki is such a tough partner for me, literally. He’s able to accompanied me anywhere, no matter if it’s a highway or it’s just a no-way! Although, he’s often be the lovely troublemaker when I ride together with my friends hahaha!

Banyak cerita suka & duka gue bersama Pleki, mulai dari turing pertama sama pacar, hampir dirampok di Banjar, merasakan getirnya ditilang pertama kali, sampai kecelakaan yang sukses memberinya vonis mati suri selama hampir setahun.

Walau tampilannya sedikit (kurang) enak dilihat, tapi Pleki partner yang tangguh buat gue. Semua medan tetap dilibas bersama, mulai jalan raya aspal sampai lintasan berbatu sekalipun! Ya…walaupun Pleki juga rutin menjadi sumber masalah setiap turing bersama teman…

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 jembatan ampera

He’s also the reason why I could meet Bikerspit crew (and SnR of course!). And I’m proud with the fact that I could knew many cool and nice people with such a diverse background with him: From funky designer, freak-ish photographers, marketing staff, desperate students just like me, or anything. Chick magnet? Well I hope so!

Alas, I learned lots ’bout life, from riding with him. To be sure, everything in my world began to change, when I’m with him. How to put it? Well, he’s not just a bike; He’s my ride to my colorful social life!

Dia juga yang menjadi gerbang gue bertemu dengan crew bikerspit (dan SnR tentunya!). Gue bisa kenal berbagai macam orang keren dan hebat dari berbagai macam profesi, mulai dari desainer, photographer, marketing, anak kampus galau (seperti gue…), pekerja serabutan dan beragam sosok menarik lainnya.

Lewat Pleki, gue banyak belajar tentang hidup. Terdengar berlebihan ya…Yang jelas, banyak yang berubah semenjak gue bersamanya. Pleki, dia bukan sekedar motor; Dia kendaraan gue dalam kehidupan sosial gue yang berwarna!

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 on mechanics hand

Alright, it’s time for the confession. The biggest sin I had ever did to Pleki (besides having affairs with those sexy Italians girls), is when I decide to alter its look. At first, I’d just want to make him stand out from the others…But damn, it turns out the thirst won’t stop there hahaha!

From changing its skimpy tires, replacing his headlamp till it burn its magneto’s, followed by auditioning the right handlebar, and finally I did some magic surgery to mold him into a cafe racer…wannabe.

Baiklah, saatnya sesi pengakuan dosa. Dosa terbesar gue akan Pleki (selain selingkuh dengan gadis-gadis semok Italia) adalah ketika gue memutuskan untuk merubah tampilannya. Awalnya gue hanya berniat membuatnya berbeda dengan Thunder yang lain…Namun, kok lama-lama jadi ketagihan hahaha!

Berawal dari mengganti kaki-kaki cekingnya, ganti lampu sampai regulatornya terbakar, gonta-ganti setang, dan yang terakhir, gue seret dia buat operasi menjadi cafe racer…wannabe.

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 caferacer on progress

Why on Earth you choose a cafe racer?“, Reyhan from SnR once asked me, about the identity that I’d chose for Pleki.

…Without thinking about it any further, I answer, “It’s the soul calling!“, and they burst in laugh hearing that!

But really, it feels like something that lies deep inside me has awoken. From dhey’s articles about cafe racer on Kaskus, I start to poisoning myself with cafe racer build pics from internet, and finally, I encouraged myself to cut his chassis to make him as he is now.

“Mengapa cafe racer?”, tanya Reyhan dari SnR akan gaya yang dipilih untuk menjadi identitas Pleki selanjutnya.

…Langsung spontan gue jawab “Panggilan jiwa euy!”, dan mereka langsung menggila akan jawaban gue hahaha!

Tapi jujur, ini seperti panggilan jiwa yang lama tidur dalam diri gue. Berawal dari iseng-iseng membaca tulisan dhey di forum kaskus tentang sejarah cafe racer, tergugah akan gambar-gambar para Rockers, dan terakhir, hal yang paling nekat yang gue lakukan selain menembak cewek gue, adalah memotong-motong sasis Pleki sampai menjadi sekarang.

satrio ponco hutomo thunder 125 caferacer on the run

He’s undoubtedly far from perfect. From the absence of rear lamp, uh, actually with its rear brake, and even he didn’t have a proper seat for now. But, his mightiness have been proved with a short trip from Jakarta to Bandung back and forth some time ago. I feel so content with him (even without brake and seat, yet), it feels like Pleki’s reborn from it’s old self!

From that short and excruciating trip, finally I get to know what I should add & set to Pleki, and it’s my homework to smoothed him up, so I could show him off with its glory at SnR again, so wait for our next stories & pics!

Pleki memang masih jauh dari sempurna (belum ada lampu rem, ralat. beserta rem belakangnya, sampai jok yang rasional untuk diduduki), tapi ketangguhannya sudah terbukti kemarin dengan perjalanan singkat Jakarta – Bandung – Jakarta. Hasilnya cukup memuaskan (walaupun sulit riding tanpa rem belakang, dan bokong yang memelas akan pelapis jok untuk manusia), Pleki, dia seperti terlahir kembali!

Mulai dari riding position yang benar-benar membuat gue fokus, sampai tenaganya yang lebih, ummm, berkarakter…Walaupun masih tetap dekil & dan makin bugil!

Dari perjalanan singkat (dan menyiksa) kemarin, akhirnya gue tau apa saja yang kurang dari Pleki, dan ini jadi PR untuk ngerapihin dia, tentunya agar bisa bergaya dengan aksi & cerita yang lebih mantap di SnR tentunya, so wait for our next stories & pics!

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