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Monday, July 3, 2023

Other unique wooden scooters made in Indonesia artisans

Rare ONES - Among the various modifications to scooters around the world, wooden scooters stand out as the most unique. In a previous article, we discussed the Vespa MP6 scooter replica made from discarded wood by Eri Ashari
Two wooden scooters made by an Indonesian craftsman named Eri Ashari. (Picture from: Gudeg.net)
Now, we shift our focus to another set of wooden scooters crafted by talented Indonesian artisans. Now we head to a small city in Central Java named Jepara, this city has been known for a long time for the beauty of its wood carving.
Jepara, a small city in Central Java which been known for a long time for the beauty of its wood carving. (Picture from: JeparaHariInion Facebook)
Surprisingly, this city is also home to teak wood scooters. Let's take a closer look at two remarkable examples:

1. 1973 Vespa Super by Ruli Wood Custom
Ruli Wood Custom, a workshop based in Jepara, meticulously crafted this extraordinary wooden scooter. The modification process for this unique piece took approximately 3 to 4 months. The base material used was a 1973 Vespa Super scooter. 
1973 Vespa scooter made of teak wood by Ruli Wood Custom shown off at the ISF 2017 in Yogyakarta. (Picture from: Otomotif-Tempo)
To maintain durability, the scooter's body is not entirely made of wood. Ruli Krisnawan, the artisan behind Ruli Wood Custom, explained that an all-wood body would increase the risk of breakage, endangering the rider. 
As You can see on several body parts of the 1973 Vespa Super scooter were decorated with a beautiful Jepara carving. (Picture from: Otomotif-Tempo)
Therefore, they decided to retain the original body and adorn it with a layer of intricately carved teak wood. Selected parts of the 1973 Vespa Super scooter received exquisite Jepara carvings, adding to its aesthetic appeal.
The 1973 Vespa Super scooter's handlebar and mirrors were also decorated with a beautiful Jepara carving. (Picture from: Otomotif-Tempo)
It's worth noting that the components related to the driving system, such as the engine and rims, remained in their original condition without any wooden layering.

2. A wooden replica of Lambretta LI 125 by Taufiq Qurrohman
Jepara, known for its wood carving, is also the birthplace of another wooden scooter such as this replica of the Lambretta LI 125. This remarkable creation is the work of Taufiq Qurrohman, a skilled wood craftsman. 
A wooden replica of Lambretta LI 125 scooter made by a Jepara craftsman named Taufiq Qurrohman. (Picture from: Surabaya-Kompas)
Taufiq Qurrahman was riding
on the wooden replica of the
Lambretta LI 125 of his-owned.
(Picture from: Surabaya-Kompas)
Unlike the previous scooters, Taufiq's creation boasts a full teak wood frame and body, and according to Taufiq, the idea for this wooden scooter was entirely his own, and he personally crafted both the frame and body. 

However, he sought the assistance of a mechanic for engine mounting. The entire construction process, from concept to completion, and it took approximately nine weeks.

This unique wooden scooter features automatic machines, though specific machine names and types were not disclosed. These machines were chosen to enhance maintenance ease and driving comfort, making it suitable for anyone, including women.

Although both these wooden scooters function like any other two-wheeled vehicles, it remains unknown whether they possess the necessary roadworthy permits from the authorities.

Before concluding, it's worth mentioning another exceptional modified scooter crafted by an Indonesian scooter builder named Komando.
Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops..... *** [EKA [12122019] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OTOMOTIF-TEMPO | SURABAYA-KOMPAS]
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