Dress up drag racing with Deus Bali

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Two weeks ago a disused construction site in Bali saw a motley collection of small-capacity Indonesian motorcycles gather for a fancy dress party turned drag race. The strip was nothing but a flattened bit of mud, gravel and dirt and the fastest bike there was apparently an SR400, but damn, some consequence-free motorcycling looks like fun. The bikini babe? She’s a motocross racer who kick-started that Yamaha bare foot.

Deus Bali

  • Jason

    That last pic is absolutely awesome. Pretty girl on a bike, splatters of mud on her face from having fun

  • zato1414

    Bali Babe… blonde having more fun! I gotta find a dirt field and crank it up.

  • stephan

    ever few months these guys just rub it in how much more fun their lives are.

  • Michael


    I keed, I keed…..

  • Ted

    Fuck my job. Seriously.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, it’s times like this when I really want to live somewhere where people ride bikes, you can get away with actually doing things on bikes and life is about more than working all the damn time. Oh right, that’s why I’m moving to LA in three weeks…

      • Kevin

        Wait, I thought LA traffic was worse than New York’s, even with legal lane splitting.

      • Ted

        Every time I button up a shirt and put on slacks it feels a little more alien to me. One day I’m going to snap and move somewhere where English is a second language. It’ll be warm, I’ll ride a 250cc something or other, find myself a good woman and live like my inner madman says I should every day.

        Kind of like the exact opposite of LA other than the warm part. Just don’t lose your cynical east coast-ness and I’ll re-up every year.

        • wes’s soon-to-be la roomate

          don’t worry, there are plenty of places here that english is a second language.

          traffic here isnt so bad on a bike, and we only work as hard as we have to so we can keep our bikes runnin, keep beer in the fridge, and keep gas in the tank.

          ….and i’ll make sure to report in on miss prissy’s behaviors and make sure he spends as much time on a bike as he does on those long luscious locks of his

      • JonB

        & that is why most of California is cool in general.

      • Ray

        Say you’ll come back and maintain a presence here, or some Cali disaster will wash you back up in NY again. I liked having a NY based mag, that was something that made you unique, homegrown. Your original appeal was road tests by Newtown Creek and Grant’s precise, data-driven graphs.

        And the weather’s just starting to improve here.

        But it’s probably not a bad tactic to move from reader base to reader base, doing stories about local scenes.

      • Gregory

        If you have to live in the US, there are worse places than Portland, OR.

        It has a “love life”, relaxed West Coast feel. It does not have the San Fran/ LA/ Seattle pretentiousness/ seriousness. It’s tough to get a job– any job– here: unemployment is +10%. You have Master’s Degrees serving you coffee. The music scene is cool. The bar scene is cool. You can wear a “fuck you hipster” t-shirt, and it’s accepted. You can drive a backyard-made biodiesel/ cooking oil-powered sidecar contraption and no one will look at you twice. Marijuana’s more or less legal, boutique distilleries make great spirits and motorcycle culture abounds.

        Portland, OR
        2008 KLR 650 w. milkcrate

    • T Diver

      My friend moved from LA to Bali, married a Balineese dude, had a kid and now runs a bone jewlery business and motorcycle shop there. She loves it. The place is sick. It’s cheap and the people are cool. We should all go. (After I change out of my tie and slack, Oh wait!!! It casual Friday!!! No Tie!!! I’m in heaven.)

      • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

        Evey time I catch myself getting excited about casual Friday, a part of my soul dies. TO BALI, EVERYBODY!

        • Ben

          I moved from Canada to southern Thailand 3 months ago. I’m making the same per day as I used to per hour. I miss my Ducati, but hooning a TW225 sure is fun!

          Make the move, its a better life I’d say. At least more fun and funnier.

  • Johndo

    That girl is hot. Thats all I can say.

    • Ben

      +1! There’s something so cutely tomboy about her.

  • ontheroad

    Every time Deus Bali puts some cool little video out I consider selling everything and buying a plane ticket.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    I think the girl is so hot she made that bike burst into flames. (Lucky bike.)

  • Ted

    She’s so hot because she is genuinely having a good time. She isn’t some fake bimbo that is doing it for a paycheck.

    And because well… look at her.

    • Kevin

      Confirmation of my thesis that breast size doesn’t count for shit. It’s all about the package, and much if not most of that is what’s going on on the inside anyway.

      • Brendan

        …But some bangin’ C cups can’t hurt. ;)

        Also “fancy dress” is an infinitely better term than “costume.”

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Come on guys, we all like pretty girls, but let’s not be creepy about it.

          • Taco

            Holy crap. Wes, you like pretty girls? You should maybe mention this in some article sometime.

            • Kevin

              Hah… busted, ya damn hypocrite. :)

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Great idea. Maybe in a totally unrelated article about jeans or something?

              • BMW11GS

                best series of comments…maybe ever?

  • rustycb450

    Did I just see the Stig doing wheelies?

    • Ben

      I thought this too! But then I wondered how the stig could work a motorcycle if he can’t even figure out a bicycle….

  • JRl

    Next vacation… Bali. How’s the wind there? I wanna do some kiting too!

  • JTourismo

    IFantastic atmosphere, needs more RD!

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    ummmm so why is there a motorcycle on fire?? So they could get some cool hipster photos of it burning?? Sorry, I just can’t understand why!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’m not sure, but clearly the hipsters are to blame. Damn hipsters, always ruining us oldsters fun. I bet that burning bike is on somebody’s lawn too.

    • JTourismo

      could it have been the result of refueling a bike with PBR in the ultimate hipster statement?

      • ontheroad

        looks like they’re running strictly on Tanqueray, which seems more of a yuppie gesture.

    • http://theseironlegs.tumblr.com/ IronLeg

      the burning bike belongs to Dustin Humphrey, an awesome surfing photographer who lives with the Bali crew nowdays: http://www.surfingmagazine.com/blogs/you-are-here-dustin-humphrey-surf-photographer/

      who cares why it’s burning? it’s just a good excuse to build it again.

    • Scott-jay

      Once SOP at biker gatherings: burning-of-the-Honda ritual.
      Its preliminaries included draining the oil and running WFO ’til it seized.
      More than once the crowd couldn’t wait that long (Honda) and the bike would be dispatched by other means before it was set fire.
      But then the pirates landed …

    • Robert

      That one was prepped by the Ferrari PR department…

  • mcfaite

    This is frankly appalling.

    The idea that these people have made life choices that enable them to revel and share and love life. They should be chained to desks, have stultifying corporate jobs, and toil for The Man, in misery.

    I need to go for a ride…

  • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ gregorbean


  • Ducky

    She has to be a lesbian

    • Ivan


    • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

      You can hope =)

  • Chris

    On any Sunday

  • Ed

    You sirs, have now earned the price of my monthly subscription. Girls on motorcycles + mud + spirits + flames = life is good.

  • http://www.kenta.ro Kentaro rides a NRS and a GSA

    I want the blonde