Balinese Motorcycles

In Bali, the motorcycle is the preferred mode of transport.

Unlike in the West, where motorcycles are in the minority compared to cars, it is the exact inverse in Bali. City motorcycle traffic verges somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the traffic volume. Watching them go by is like watching some crazy dance of machines as they weave to and fro. Many riders do not wear helmets and even if they do, oftentimes they aren’t done up. You will also see people riding barefoot! Yes, barefoot.

 (Gordon Ross)

Equally captivating is that riders balance some of the most outrageous loads on these 125 cc machines, sometimes with two or three riders on the same bike. Wild.

Seemingly, there are few accidents. But, a tour to a local hospital quickly put that notion to rest. Accidents do happen and when they do, it’s not good.

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2 thoughts on “Balinese Motorcycles”

  1. Interesting to see that the children often-at least in the instances you captured-do not wear helmets even though the adults they are riding with are wearing them.

    They certainly do balance crazy loads!

    • Hi Tara

      good observation … it’s actually the law to wear a helmet – and a shirt – but the law is seldom followed even by the police unless they are looking to make some money on the side … but that’s another story. short answer: there doesn’t seem to be a pattern as to who wears a helmet and when.

      bye for now.


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