101 East

Indonesia’s Rebel Bikers

101 East meets the female stunt riders defying gravity and tradition in Indonesia.

Across Indonesia, death-defying motorbike riders are the star attraction at fun fairs known as “pasar malams”.

The performers propel their bikes up the near-vertical walls of the so-called “Devil’s Barrel”, a two-storey high wooden structure.

Stunt riding is a male-dominated world in the conservative Muslim-majority country, but now a group of young women are blazing their own trail.

101 East meets the female stunt performers defying tradition – and gravity – in Indonesia.