The iconic Italian Vespa by Piaggio holds a special place in the hearts of Indonesian motorists. The earliest version that can be seen on the street dates back to the 1960s, when the Indonesian peacekeeping mission in Africa returned to the country and was awarded Vespa bikes by the government. In many cities across the archipelago Vespa communities thrive. Although most of them adore classic Vespas, some take their obsessions to the next level by transforming the originals into versions never imagined by Piaggio.
As if emerging from Mad Max movies, these scooterists wander around the country riding custom-built Vespas, which look too weird not only to outsiders, but also to people within the Indonesian Vespa community itself. People call these scooters “Vespa sampah” (“garbage Vespa”) or “Vespa gembel” (“Vespa drifter”), but the owners of these Frankenstein bikes call them “Vespa extreme”.
This is the first Photobook by Indonesian photographer Muhammad Fadli, coming with a newspaper index / supplement and original Rebel Riders stickers.
Published by dienacht
Hardback - includes supplement and original Extreme Vespa Community stickers.
200 × 280 mm
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