“It’s a gas, gas, gas” — a son turns a father’s old bike into a brutal little giant-killer…
Fikri Ahmad had a vision for his father’s old motorcycle, a 1981 Honda CB100K5: a brutal scrambler that would be comfortable to ride, look dashing in the streets, and be capable of handing the fields and trails around his home. First, however, Fikri had to buy back the motorcycle, which had gone through three owners since his father owned it.
Once he bought it back, it was time to “wake up this bike,” says Fikri. Fortunately, he had access to his brother’s workshop, 69nerakatau Inc, located in Semarang, Indonesia. His brother specializes in paint, including airbrush, pinstriping, lettering, and psychedelic work. Fikri ultimately settled on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” for the name of his bike, which seems a perfect fit:
I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at the morning driving rain
But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas
But it’s all right. I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s a gas, gas, gas
Honda CB100 Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Before I built this bike, it was my father’s motorcycle. It switched hands between three different owners before I had the desire to buy it back. I had a dream to customize the motorcycle to be a brutal machine on the streets — a style that every person would want to ride it. And this bike I did in 69nerakatau‘s workshop. I worked with detail and am quite satisfied the result by selecting the flow of scrambler that matches the fields in my surroundings — matching what I dreamed when I first wanted to wake up this bike.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Honda CB100 K5 in 1981.
• Why was this bike built?
This motorcycle I built only for myself.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
For design, I like a bit brutal look, and I’m doing what to me is comfortable for riding and looks dashing in the streets.
• How would you classify this bike?
Scrambler. From the first, I wanted a custom scrambler.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
A special and very memorable moment to make this motorcycle fire up — and in support was my brother who has a custom workshop 69nerakatau Inc.