How do we say when smoked garage started?When does an idea begin? Maybe most people would use the “grand opening” of the shop- but what about before then?
All the thinking, planning and dreaming… Maybe we could say Smoked Garage was started when Nicko Eigert built his first modified scooter in 2004.
using what resources and parts were at hand (or laying around the shop) which is how 99% of custom bikes are started all in garages and small shops all over the world
While there may have been a lack of ready to install parts, what there was and is in abundance here is necessity, passion and determination, all of which have fueled our drive and motivation to build what may be the best custom bikes out of Indonesia
So from bikes that are built from the ground up, literally- most benkgel mechanics drill, grind and shape their parts squatting over oil-soaked concrete- to a modern standard state-of-the-art machine shop, fabrication area, paint, dyno-scopes and industrial lathes, presses and drills and a retail front with older and latest customs on display along with a healthy selection of DIY custom parts, tires and apparel
Today’s Smoked Garage occupies a ware-house sized space near the popular Kuta area of Bali including 110 meters of space, 16+mechanics, graphic design team, admin, retail staff, apparel and proprietary Smoked Garage motorcycle parts . Having received international recognition for our custom builds along with establishing a Smoked Garage in Brisbane, Australia, we have come a long way from our roadside “bengkel motor” roots to the award-winning brand we are today.
Because we love bikes. You got to love bikes to do this, looking at ‘em, riding ‘em, tearing them apart and having the vision to build them into something new and different, each one an expression of mechanical passion made manifest in a performance custom bike.
We are guys that ride bikes- a lot. Collectively we put hundreds of thousands of kilometers on our personal custom builds and several of us service our own bikes. Because that’s what it takes.
Our customers, partners and friends are guys that ride all the time- hardcore motorcycle enthusiasts. We ride roads, dirt and trails that defy labels, and the bikes we build not only look amazing, they handle whatever you put them through. We know, because few places in the world match challenges of Indonesia roads and trails to test the limits of a motorcycle.
At Smoked Garage more than 16 technicians and engineers are “hands on” in the design and building of each project.
We go from screws to final paint through each custom bike to create the work of mechanical art that is waiting to be brought to new life. We test it, and then refine it to engineering and aesthetic excellence…. And do it again.
Then, we take a breath, drink some coffee, and get back to it with the next project.
Because there can be as many custom bikes as there are people who love them. Because ideas have no limits.