Fasten Your Seat Belts: Let’s Race Luge Karts in Bandung, Indonesia

By Leo Galuh | 18, Feb, 2022
Fasten Your Seat Belts: Let’s Race Luge Karts in Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung, the capital city of West Java province in Indonesia, has a fantastic new spot for your family's leisure time. Lug's Gravity provides a race-like experience with a luge kart from the top of the hill. It is 1,228 meters above sea level.

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Luge Racing With A View
The view from the top of Gunung Batu, Lembang

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You can race down your luge kart with a scenic view!

Lug’s Gravity has launched its grand opening by the end of January 2022, and HalalTrip has a chance to enjoy this adrenaline-rush outdoor activity.

Hadi Muhari (37) as the owner of Lug’s Gravity started this new business in December 2021. He saw a promising opportunity that still no one committed to run luge kart racing in Indonesia. He claimed that Lug’s Gravity is the first luge kart racing in the country.

“We want to provide family-oriented racing activity while you can enjoy Bandung city from the top of the hill,” Muhari told HalalTrip recently.

Meanwhile, luge is a one-or two-person sled that is ridden supine and feet-first. A luger player drives by using the calf muscles to flex the sled’s runners or by exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. The racing sleds weigh around 21-25 kilograms for the single-seater and around 25-30 kilograms for the double seat. Luge is also the name of an Olympic sport, particularly the Winter Olympics.

Muhari noticed that there is no winter or snow season in Indonesia. Therefore, he modified some parts of his sled to fit the Indonesian market. Lug’s Gravity luge almost looks like a go-cart, yet with no machine. Lug’s Gravity luge kart has two kinds of steering mechanisms: BMX bicycle handlebars and car steering wheel.

Lug's Gravity's rider uses gravity to sled from the top of the hill to the finish line at the bottom. Lug's Gravity is specifically located in Gunung Batu, Lembang, West Bandung Regency. It is located on the outskirts of Bandung, 14.2 kilometers away and 41 minutes by car.

Types of Luges at Lug's Gravity

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Muhari said that he runs another business that nowadays has an important role for Lug’s Gravity. He is also the founder of X1 Speed, a custom motorcycle workshop in Bandung. His team in the workshop support Lug’s Gravity to modify the luge into a luge kart.

“We have been producing and modifying luge sled since December 2018. Then, in December 2021, we expand our business as an operator,” Muhari said.

Lug’s Gravity collaborates with Noah Park near Gunung Batu in order to capitalize on the park area. Hadi said that Noah Park was keen to have such an attraction.

 

Extreme Game Made Safe
Safety Briefing before starting

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Lug’s Gravity prioritizes the safety of every guest. The Lug’s Gravity facilitators will explain that wearing a helmet is compulsory to protect our head. Moreover, Muhari himself also takes part to explain the safety of his guests. The facilitators also invited the guest to try sled a bit, how to brake by pulling the steering wheel and how to turn left and right on the course.

“Safety is number one. We want all guests can enjoy the game safely. We put some tires and iron fence in our tracks to protect them if they out of the track,” Muhari told HalalTrip.

Muhari said Lug’s Gravity has a 750-meter track. They still have another 250 meters that are still under construction, so it will be one kilometer in total. The guest can sled down to the bottom of the hill with a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour as the track’s tilt angle is 10 to 15 degrees.

Currently, Lug’s Gravity operates 20 units of luge kart and five drift bikes. Muhari acknowledges that COVID-19 has also affected his business. Lug’s Gravity is a small team, according to Muhari. The team consists of seven operational staff on the ground, four workshop staff, and one staff to handle digital marketing.

Muhari hopes to see 50 luge karts in a few months, so it will reduce the queue time.

 

Opportunities and Challenges
View of the track on Gunung Batu

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Muhari said that he adopted this sport's gravity from New Zealand. He hopes that domestic and foreign tourists will see Lug’s Gravity as an extreme game option in Indonesia. He knows that Singapore also has the same attraction, Skyline Luge Sentosa, yet he believes that Lug’s Gravity offers a longer track with a scenic view of Bandung from a height and more open fresh air.

There are around 250 to 400 guests per week on average. Most of the guests come to play on the weekend. Furthermore, Lug’s Gravity opens in mid-week, which means there are usually 40 to 50 guests on average. The peak season was in December 2021 during the festive season of Christmas and new year, there were around 700 to 800 guests who came to play in Lug’s Gravity.

Muhari noticed that this game is pretty challenging for some Indonesians. Many of them are afraid to sled down with a luge kart.

He said that Indonesians are not used to sports gravity as it is pretty challenging. However, he believes that people sometimes need a challenge when playing a game.

“One of my guests was a housewife. In the beginning, she felt so afraid, but after she reached the finish line, she is addicted to luge kart racing,” Muhari said.

“Mostly, they come after working hours in the evening. We also provide night luge kart racing. We put a neon flex lamp to brighten the track" Muhari noted.

More Amenities Around

Lug’s Gravity is also able to provide service for corporate, or family gatherings. In addition, domestic and foreign tourists can enjoy their time in Noah Park’s camping ground, nice meals at Sini Garden and Space, or Japanese-style café Fuku Akiba.

 

Visit Lug's Gravity
Welcome gate to Lug's Gravity

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Ticket price: IDR 50,000 per person

Address: Gunung Batu Jl. Dago Giri, Pagerwangi, Lembang, West Java

Phone: +62 8112233676

Freelance journalist. Currently aggregating economic news for analytical news service dedicated to competition law and regulatory developments around the world. Former reporter of tvOne (Indonesian television news channel) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

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