Highlights from last weekend’s Tryharder x AOS Gasolina Tour 2016 custom bikes gathering held in Penang.
The BikesRepublic & MotoMalaya team opted to stay back in little while in Penang last weekend, and we managed to visit the Tryharder custom bikes gathering held in the island’s popular seaside retreat of Tanjung Bungah.
Tryharder is a term coined by local Penang-based custom builders Rotten Motocycles who are renowned for restoring and customising classic English bikes. The gathering it organised last weekend was one of the first home-grown custom bikes community gathering held in Penang.
Also present here were our friends from Art Of Speed Malaysia. The KL-based outfit supported the Tryharder stage last weekend by including it as one of its stops in its AOS Gasolina Tour 2016.
Though small, this custom bikes gathering by the beach was a success nonetheless. Here are some of the best sights from this local community gathering by the beach.
This is Rotten Motocycle’s Zam and his creation called the ‘Triton’. A hybrid between a Triumph and a Norton, this custom is made even more unique by having a ‘reverse head’ engine modification as well.
Despite the short rain spell that hit the Tryharder grounds, the Triton still looked spectacular. It was also one of four motorcycles Rotten Motocycles entered in the Art Of Speed 2016 competition and one of three that won a trophy as well.
We have absolutely no idea what this custom bagger is, but it stood as one of the wildest-looking custom bikes we found on display at Tryharder.
All we know is that it has one very meaty V-twin lurking underneath its eclectic custom exterior.
Yes, that’s a Honda CB750-based custom retro cafe racer. This was one of our favourites.
They say “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder…”, but we reckon the owner of this KTM200 Duke (or maybe 390 Duke?) thought the stock bike didn’t look edgy enough.
Say what you will about this Duke’s overall custom looks, we’re liking the attention to detail given in its build, embodying what the ‘Tryharder’ spirit is all about.
With Penang having a rich colonial history, classic English bikes are hugely popular here. These include classic Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs and A.J.S.
Not just a local community gathering, Tryharder also managed to attract enthusiasts from other neighbouring states in the northern corridor like Perak.
Hipster feels much…
Like any other custom bikes gathering, Tryharder also featured a mini bazaar of sorts. Plenty of goodies were up for sale, satisfying all retro hipster bikers in attendance.
Aloha shirts were the dress code of the three-day soiree.
Who says classic cubs aren’t cool?
Part of the special activities held included a canoe race between custom builders.
Speaking of which, here’s a bunch a familiar faces. The folks from Beautiful Machines were also present during the weekend. Click here to read our recent feature inside the firm’s garage.
We also spotted some very tasty-looking classic Vespas present at Tryharder. We absolutely love the pristine and gorgeous restoration work of the lime green-coloured classic.
Nothing like basking at the sight of a beautiful custom bike whilst slurping on that tasty laksa utagha being served to visitors at Tryharder.
Art of Speed Malaysia’s Asep Ahmad having a blast supporting his team in the inter-builders canoe race.
What’s better than a retro JDM ute? A retro JDM ute carrying a retro custom UJM of course!
Though small, the quality of the bikes, atmosphere and people during Tryharder was bigger than life so to speak. We got ourselves a good glimpse of the northern region’s custom culture movement and we liked what we saw.
Rest assured, the custom culture movement Penang is alive and well thanks to the spearheading efforts by both Art Of Speed Malaysia and Rotten Motocycles. Look out for more of these folks in the near future.
Check out more images from Tryharder x AOS Gasolina Tour 2016 in the gallery we’ve prepared below.