Enduro meets Bobber in this Bali-born custom…
The Yamaha Scorpio Z has become one of the most popular custom donors in Oceania, especially Bali and the rest of Indonesia. From the factory, it’s a standard commuter-oriented machine with a 225cc air-cooled SOHC engine that makes around 18 horsepower and 13 ft-lb of torque. The handling and reliability have been praised, especially given the bike’s price point. Aesthetically, however, it’s pretty unattractive in stock trim, making it the perfect donor for customization.
In the hands of talented builders, the Scorpio has been transformed into a cafe racer, scrambler, tracker, and even a hardtail chopper. It’s really proved itself a versatile platform, and Indonesian builders have continued to impress us with their ingenuity, transforming these uninspiring commuters into bikes with vintage style and modern edge.
The bike you see here is owned by our new friend Evry (@evryanta_), who became interested in custom bikes back in 2016. Bali, where he lives, is one of the world’s custom motorcycle hotbeds — an island of forested volcanic mountains, gorgeous rice paddies, and vast beaches, where motorcycles are more than just transportation — for many, they’re a way of life. It didn’t take long for Evry to fall in love with the two-wheeled lifestyle:
“I bought a bike and now I’m addicted to customs. I love spending my weekend riding with my friends.”
The bike you see here is a first-generation ’05 Yamaha Scorpio that Evry just finished at a couple of workshops, @kadux_motorcycle and @slengerpiston. While the language barrier made it difficult for us to get quite as many details about the build as we normally do, Evry tells us that his inspiration mainly came from Japanese customs.
The customizations were intensive. The bike has been converted from the factory monoshock setup to a vintage-style twin-shock setup, along with old-school drum brakes and a chunky/comfy cross-country saddle reminiscent of a 60s desert sled. The chrome and polished accessories stand out nicely against the minimalist enduro lines and tires.
We love the blend of a vinduro vibe and more “kustom” paint and pinstriping, which were handled by @kerta13 and @ketut_cacing, respectively. Evry nicknamed the bike “Daini” — after a girl, of course — and the lovely photos are courtesy of @putu_ode.
Yamaha Scorpio Tracker: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I’m Evry. In the beginning of 2016, I got interested in custom bikes — I bought a bike and now I’m addicted to customs. I love spending my weekend riding with my friends. You can see all my friends’ bikes at @nyagmotorcycles’s gallery.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the donor bike?
Yamaha Scorpio 225cc, 2005.
• Where was this bike built?
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
• What custom work was done to the bike?
• Does the bike have a nickname?
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
This bike is in really good condition — good power, the engine has already been rebuilt.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The paint striping is limited, done by @ketut_cacing, one of the best painters in all of Bali.