Australia Blog: Day 4 - Riding with Deus Ex Machina
First rides & tests
11 January 2010 11:20
Deus Ex Machina is undoubtedly the best shop I’ve ever been to. The showroom is choc-full full of retro-style custom bikes, mainly based on the Kawasaki W650, Yamaha SR400 and a variety of Triumphs. The owners scour the globe for interesting classics too, so there’s a smattering of original old British and American bikes dotted around the place too. Everything in here is for sale.
The walls are covered in automotive pop art, they’ve got the film ‘On any Sunday’ playing on the plasma in the impressive Deus restaurant, and you can also buy Deus clothes, push bikes, art and even music. If a place like this existed in the UK it would be crammed full of bikers 24/7.
It’s been a busy old day, as well as looking around Deus and chatting to the enthusiastic staff, I test rode five Deus modified machines and got stopped by the police while doing pictures.
It’s a good two hour ride before there are any good roads, so with just a day in hand we had to shoot around the city and down backstreets. It’s fair to say that some people didn’t appreciate the noise of an open piped Triumph Thruxton as much as I did!
I rode the aforementioned Thruxton (belonging to Deus owner, Dare Jennings – what a name!), a W650 ‘Bobber’, a modded MT-01, SR400 Cafe Racer and a W650 Street Tracker. We’ll feature the whole shebang in MCN soon...
Tomorrow I’m off to a place called Extreme Creations. These guys make California-style chromed, turbo’d custom bikes. I’m not sure what they've got in store for me, but judging by pictures on their website it should be good!
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