To be honest I am not happy about driving around with a scooter in Bali all the time. At my home in Austria I enjoy riding a 650cc KTM Supermoto which is great fun, but the scooters here are way too slow 😉
So to satisfy my longing for some motorbike-action I visited the “Deus ex machina: Slidetober” in Denpasar last week. DEUS is a worldwide known custom bike company, which runs the “Temple of Enthusiasm”, a bike- and clothes shop as well as a restaurant, in Canggu. As a part of their philosophy they often organize events like the Slidetober to promote their bikes.
This challenge consists of two parts: one day the participants were surfing at Batu Bolong and the second day there was a motocross race in Denpasar. So the winner must be a good surfer and also ride fast on the track.
So we came to the shop very early at 07:30 to join the convoy that drove from Canggu to the secret racetrack. There all riders were preparing their bikes and there was also the possibility for anybody to rent a bike and join the race- unfortunately I was too late (and it also wasn`t that cheap) ;).
The racers were divided in different classes: there were 3 open categories, one classic bike group, the ladies and also children were allowed to race.
After a few warm up laps on the big dirt-track the first race began. It was very exciting to watch the riders rush through the course and taking big jumps. Most of the guys also know what they did, but some rookies had big crashes. Even the girls and the kids were very passionate and ambitious so all of the races were thrilling.
In the breaks between the races we enjoyed some cool drinks and grilled snacks and were strolling through the merchandise shop and the paddock. It was great – as I really love motorcycles I watched those beautiful custom made classic bikes and new motocross machines.
I really enjoyed the Slidetober and if you`re also interested in motorbikes you can visit the “Deus Temple of Enthusiasm” in Canggu where you will see their bike creations or you can have a nice dinner and you will also get any information about upcoming events there.