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Indonesia's motorbikes catch second wind as car sales lag

Two-wheelers meet demand for ride-hailing and public transport connections

While car sales slumped, shipments of motorbikes in Indonesia grew nearly 20% in the first two months of 2019. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

JAKARTA -- The notion that as income levels rise, transportation in Southeast Asian countries inevitably shifts from two wheels to four seems to be hitting a roadblock in Indonesia.

Motorbikes are experiencing a mini-renaissance in the archipelago nation, as it embraces better public transportation infrastructure and the proliferation of ride-hailing services.

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