Deus announce 2016 Bike Build Off winner

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Deus announce Bike Build Off winners at this year’s EICMA

Deus aren’t strangers to the current custom movement that has swept through the motorcycling landscape and the yearly Bike Build Off is a hotly contested affair, seeing builders from all over the globe creating wonderfully imaginative machines to the Deus mantra of ‘the most with the least’.

Back at the tail end of September, Milan, Sydney, Tokyo, Bali and California saw winners emerge in local classes before being collectively put head-to-head in the global people’s choice award. This year’s EICMA show in Milan saw the top three bikes announced from the hundreds of entries.


Builder Eugenio Vezzetti
Bike OraColo – 1986 750CC Dnepr mt11

The Oracolo (or oracle in English) has an unpolished aesthetic and leaves a raw and lasting impression. It’s based on the Russian Dnepr mt11 and has been re-worked into this simple looking but effective custom by Italian builder Eugenio Vezzetti. The bike centres around the hand fabricated brass tank and seat that was previously an engine mount for a Honda XT125 and the front forks that have come from a Moto Guzzi Ercole. The result is a subtle but striking motorcycle seeing Venzzetti take first place in this year’s competition.

Builder Davide Lorusso
Bike Ula – 1991 Honda XR600

There’s thinking outside of the box and then there’s this. Lorusso’s ‘Ula’ proves that anything is achievable with a little imagination, or a lot. Especially in the case of his XR600 from which you could almost be mistaken for thinking has simply been put together by odd bits in the house and shed that have been left lying around for a little too long. The fuel tank is easily the most striking feature, fashioned not from aluminium or steel that has been lovingly fabricated over hours, days and sometimes even weeks but instead from two PVC pipes. The seat has been hand made from a fake wood PVC and the exhaust comes from an old two-stroke system.

Builder Ken Ritsuno
Bike Original

Ritsuno’s bike is a bit of an oddity (yes, even compared to second place winner Larusso’s XR) in that it’s completely unique. The style of design has been based on very early Harley-Davidson machines but the rest is a beautifully put together mash up of components. A US agricultural motor that is started by a rip-cord has been turned on its end and is the star of the build. The front end is from a bicycle that has been modified to deal with the extra load, the brakes come from a mountain bike and the frame, tank and carb bell mouth are all hand made. Such is the design that has been so beautifully made and well engineered that it almost looks like a simple build.

Photos: Deus


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer