Making a Living on the Wall of Death

'Crazy Wheels' cries the banner advertising a motordrome show at the Puri Beta market in Tangerang on Thursday (25/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Yudha Baskoro | on 5:23 PM May 31, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

During Ramadan, after evening prayers, motorbike riders draw crowds of Indonesian spectators to their silodrome performances known as "Tong Setan" or Devil's Barrel.
The show, often referred to as the Wall of Death, features a barrel-shaped wooden cylinder within which riders seem to defy the laws of physics, as they loop so fast that their bikes cling to the wall.
 
Tong Setan is a must-see and will cost you only Rp 10,000 (7 US cents) at the Puri Beta night market in Ciledug, Tangerang, Banten. Many like to tip the daredevils by throwing money into the motordrome and see them catch it on the fly.
Riders perform nightly during the fasting month, which together with tips earns them between $200 and $300.

The Puri Beta market comes to live after sunset. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The Puri Beta market comes to live after sunset. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Schoolboys queue for tickets. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Schoolboys queue for tickets. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Children under five can watch the show free of charge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Children under five can watch the show free of charge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Riders check their motorbikes before the show. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Riders check their motorbikes before the show. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The crowd watches as riders start to perform. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The crowd watches as riders start to perform. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The motordrome roar can be unbearable to those with more sensitive ears. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The motordrome roar can be unbearable to those with more sensitive ears. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A rider reaches for a tip from a spectator. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A rider reaches for a tip from a spectator. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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