LE(Y)AK: Kedux Garage Honda Supra
Words: Geoff Baldwin Photography: Luke Ray
The Kedux Garage striped Harley Sportster was the first bike that caught Luke’s attention when we were at Kustomfest in 2014. It is a great looking build with a prison uniform style paint scheme (you can see it in their Instagram account), but it didn’t have the level of custom work in it that many of the bikes we feature do. Despite this I knew we’d have to pay the workshop a visit during our return to Indonesia as I’d been told he was “the man” in Bali’s custom motorcycle scene. Over email I had arranged the prisoner Harley and a sweet little orange flake Yamaha Scorpio to be the two bikes we were to shoot during our visit, but as with many of the workshops we toured in Indonesia our plans quickly changed once we walked inside.
Kedux, the man behind the Kedux Garage, started out his career working at a custom workshop in Bali assembling and painting bikes. After learning the ropes and some valuable skills he went on to set up the Kedux workshop outside his home in Bali. Building custom bikes for his friends helped to get the business established and once his reputation as a skilled builder spread customer orders started rolling in. Today he has a team of workers helping to turn his concept sketches into cool rolling customs.
When we arrived at his garage, Kedux came across as a fairly shy kind of guy. His English wasn’t great so we communicated via his translator buddies while he led us around his space. It was obvious that everyone who was at the workshop that day had an incredible amount of respect for him and as our time with him progressed it was easy to see why. It’s not often I come across someone whose creative talent goes beyond one or two basic disciplines. Kedux however seemed to be oozing with creative ability.
Along with designing and building custom motorcycles Kedux is a pinstriper, metal fabricator, welder and machinist who makes his own tools like the English wheel in his workshop. He is a talented illustrator and painter, he designs his own range of clothing, is a kite maker, sign writer and also works as a sculptor creating massive 15 foot high statues for local festivals in his spare time, which he didn’t seem to have much of.
After a quick lap around his workshop and trendy retail space I spotted a bike I hadn’t seen while I was researching the workshop. Covered in hand formed bodywork and looking like a shrunken Shinya Kimura creation the bike was one of his very first personal builds which began in 2008 and went on to win 3rd place at the 2012 Kustomfest in Jogjakarta. Based on a 125cc Honda Supra it was in fact a build influenced by Shinya’s work and we knew we had to capture it during our short stay in Bali.
As far as scooters go the Kedux Garage Honda Supra is about as extreme as they come. Devoid of the factory plastics the bike has little in common with its former self and is certainly more of a head turner than most Honda scooters I’ve ever seen. To extend the bike’s footprint and add some radical styling Kedux bent up a custom hardtail rear end which is bolted to Supra’s stock, pressed frame. Up front he added a set of KZ200 forks mounted in the heavily raked neck, which all up extends the bikes overall length by around 20%. The bodywork, in particular the rear end, is where Shinya’s influence is most obvious.
Adding additional steel to the pressed frame Kedux extended the rear out to cover the back tyre with an organic, insect like tail, which he finished off with some Japanese influenced, hand painted artwork. The bike rolls on Suzuki Satria hubs laced to Japanese made TK rims with chunky Swallow tyres, one of his trademark design features. Handling is assisted by a custom mounted steering damper. For additional strength Kedux has added custom bracing and gussets with drilled details to the backbone and the neck of the frame. Hand turned brass bushings, spacers and a velocity stack add touches of gold to the design while exposed cables, rivets, copper washers, custom hinges and mounts add a seemingly endless array of visual eye candy.
The Supra’s engine is now a Frankenstein mix of components partnered to achieve high performance. The original bottom end remains but a Honda Tiger top end has been added to increase capacity up to 180cc. A 38mm CR flatside carb from a Yamaha YZ feeds the fuel via a custom inlet while exhaust gases escape via a custom, free flowing exhaust system.
By all accounts it’s hard to ride, loud and fast and they’re not afraid to admit it, in fact Kedux and his friends took great pleasure in telling us the name of the bike; Leak (pronounced Leyak). Leak is a Balinese folklore figure that is represented as a flying head with entrails still attached. The custom Supra earned its name because of its loud exhaust screaming through the streets like Leak’s screaming, severed head searching for victims to devour.
Like many of the workshops we visited Kedux Garage had a revolving congregation of workers and visitors/friends on hand to share stories and get jobs done. It’s obvious that bikes build strong relationships between enthusiasts in Indonesia and Kedux is fostering an awesome, skills driven culture. With his talents and great attitude at the helm I have no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty more cool customs from the Kedux Garage clan in the near future.
This article first appeared in Tank Moto issue 07.
Follow Kedux Garage: @keduxgarage.