Every year, Indonesians, from teenagers to grandfathers to mechanics and students, come together in East Java to celebrate their love for the iconic Italian scooter Vespa.

For some, it’s a kind of “extreme” love, where vehicles are personalized to resemble metallic monster motorcycles straight out of a Hollywood dystopia.

Hundreds of enthusiasts come to the Kediri Festival to show off their creations, ranging from restored vintage Vespas to Mad Max-style tanks fitted with mock machine guns, a dozen extra tires, or weird plush toys as hood ornaments. (Click https://reut.rs/2PAoAGT to see a set of photos of the “extreme” Vespa enthusiasts at the festival.)

To compete in the festival, every custom vehicle must have a Vespa engine and most competitors try to keep the brand’s signature fairing – the curved front of the scooter.

But other embellishments depend on the owners and their budgets. While many can only afford scrap metal or reused materials found in a landfill, others are splashing about.

Peded, a 43-year-old grandfather who has been modifying Vespas since the 1990s, says he likes his scooter to “tell a story”.

“I love decorating Vespas to the extreme, but I don’t like using trash,” said Peded, whose Vespa sports massive buffalo horns from the Toraja tribal land on the island of Sulawesi.

The three-day festival, now in its third year, is one of many held across the country. Highlights include a competition to choose the best entry and track races for speeder motorcycles.

Enthusiasts attract the eyes and smiles of locals because of their elaborate Vespa designs.

As vehicles are often unlicensed, many travel at night to avoid traffic police. Mechanical problems arise, some of the more dilapidated machines often break down.

Most of the time, the gatherings are about catching up with other Vespa enthusiasts and having fun. “We are independent, but we come together as a community,” said 19-year-old Julia Ningsih.

“The extreme Vespa guys, we stay together. If we have any problems on the road, they will wait and help us until we can ride again,” she added.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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