Art Of Speed 2019: Metal gets wild

Cool people making awesome stuff at Malaysia's largest automotive fest

Quirky Art Banner at Entrance of AOS
Quirky Art Banner at Entrance of AOS

55,000 moto-enthusiasts packed the grounds of MAEPS, Serdang, over 27th and 28th July, to marvel at Malaysia’s largest annual collection of automotive oddities. I counted among the crowd at Art Of Speed 2019 (AOS) – my first time at the two-day event in its eight year running.

To get into the spirit of things, I loaned a Harley-Davidson Roadster for the weekend. 1200cc of tarmac crunching torque to get me in the mood, all the way from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

Harley-Davidson of Singapore offers motorcycle rentals starting from 68 SGD a day.

It was my first long ride on a hog, and my first experience at any sort of large automotive custom convention. It seemed like nearly every motorcycling club this side of Asia was congregating in KL, and I was counting on a weekend of immersive lifestyle experiences in the capital.

Sometimes a simple bike is the best fun; no need to get your knees down every ride (photo by Amanda)

If you’re a biker in the Petaling Jaya area, you just can’t miss out on Gasket Alley, a buzzing enclave of moto-themed lifestyle offerings. From art shows to handicrafts and cult-status riding apparel, it’s a feast for the senses and a real threat to the wallet.

A history lesson for moto-racing buffs.
Eye candy in the shops of Gasket Alley, where you can just as easily buy a cool t-shirt as a well as a Harley-Davidson or Moto Guzzi motorcycle.
You’d be hard-pressed to walk out of here empty-handed.
Live bands, live comedy and plenty of foodstalls to keep your eyes and belly filled. Gasket Alley is located at Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Section 13, 47170 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia.

From Gasket Alley, it’s a 30km ride to the Art Of Speed festival grounds. Two experiences for the price of one trip! 

Greeted by an explosive wave of colour and tropical heat. We’ve arrived!
Customised helmet artwork, anyone?
Art of Speed has more entertainment up its sleeves than simply custom choppers.
You can imagine some seriously mad dirt carving with this one.
Can’t complain that this seat lacks bounce.
Leather craftsman was making brisk business.
The car enthusiasts were well represented as well.
Suspect the exhaust is some sort of a low-tech reverse sensor.
Plenty of not-so-typical custom bikes too.
No shortage of live music to keep spirits high.

Even if you can’t tell your spanners from your spark plugs, Art Of Speed is one moto-custom festival that will still leave you thoroughly entertained. Here’s looking forward to the next round of fantastic metal beasts in 2020.