Designed and illustrated by Carby Tuckwell Published by Deus Ex Machina Printed by Mr Oh and Junny at AlsoDoMinie, Singapore First edition published 2010 Second editon published 2012 © 2012 Deus Ex Machina Motorcycles Pty Ltd ISBN 978-0-646-53503-6 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy or any storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher and the author. Design, illustration, motorcycle design, custom lettering and logotypes by Deus Ex Machina Motorcycles Pty Ltd © 2004-2012. Deus Ex Machina name and logomark are registered trademarks of Deus Ex Machina Motorcycles Pty Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Photography - Carby Tuckwell Additional Photography EXPLODED GRIEVOUS - Andy Baker PIERRE THE CHEF - Chris Searl LOVERSLAND - Dustin Humphrey BALI - Tom Hawkins Deus Ex Machina The House of Simple Pleasures 98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown Sydney, NSW 2050 AUSTRALIA Emporium of Postmodern Activities 1001 Venice Blvd, Venice Venice, CA 90291 AMERICA The Temple of Enthusiasm Jalan Batu Mejan No.8 Canggu, 80361 INDONESIA deuscustoms.com
I spend most of my time not dying. That’s what living is for. I climb on a motorcycle. I climb on a cloud and rain. I climb on a woman I love. I repeat my themes. Frederick Seidel OOGA-BOOGA
The extravagance in which my surplus emotion expressed itself lay on the road. So long as roads were tarred blue and straight; not hedged; and empty and dry, so long I was rich. Nightly I’d run up from the hangar, upon the last stroke of work, spurring my tired feet to be nimble... [My] bike…lived in a garage-hut...Its tyres never wanted air, its engine had a habit of starting at second kick: a good habit, for only by frantic plunges upon the starting pedal could my puny weight force the engine over the seven atmospheres of its compression. Boanerges’ first glad roar at being alive again nightly jarred the huts of Cadet College into life. `There he goes again, the noisy bugger.’ It is part of an airman’s profession to be knowing with engines; and a thoroughbred engine is our undying satisfaction. The camp wore the virtue of my Brough like a flower in its cap. …Boa is a top-gear machine, as sweet in that as most single-cylinders in middle. I chug lordlily past the guard-room and through the speed limit at no more than sixteen. Round the bend, past the farm, and the way straightens. Now for it. The engine’s final development is fifty-two horsepower. A miracle that all this docile strength waits behind one tiny lever for the pleasure of my hand. Another bend: and I have the honour of one of England’s straightest and fastest roads. The burble of my exhaust unwound like a long cord behind me. Soon my speed snapped it, and I heard only the cry of the wind which my battering head split and fended aside. The cry rose with my speed to a shriek: while the air’s coldness streamed like two jets of iced water into my dissolving eyes. I screwed them to slits, and focused my sight two hundred yards ahead of me on the empty mosaic of the tar’s gravelled undulations.
…A glance at the speedometer: seventy-eight. Boanerges is warming up. I pull the throttle right open, on the top of the slope, and we swoop flying across the dip, and up-down up-down the switchback beyond; the weighty machine launching itself like a projectile with a whirr of wheels into the air at the take-off of each rise, to land lurchingly with such a snatch of the driving chain as jerks my spine like a rictus. …The next mile of road was rough. I braced my feet into the rests, thrust with my arms, and clenched my knees on the tank till its rubber grips goggled under my thighs. Over the first pot-hole Boanerges screamed in surprise, its mud-guard bottoming with a yawp upon the tyre. Through the plunges of the next ten seconds I clung on, wedging my gloved hand in the throttle lever so that no bump should close it and spoil our speed. Then the bicycle wrenched sideways into three long ruts: it swayed dizzily, wagging its tail for thirty awful yards. Out came the clutch, the engine raced freely: Boa checked and straightened his head with a shake, as a Brough should. The bad ground was passed and on the new road our flight became birdlike. My head was blown out with air so that my ears had failed and we seemed to whirl soundlessly between the sun-gilt stubble fields. ...A skittish motor-bike with a touch of blood in it is better than all the riding animals on earth, because of its logical extension of our faculties, and the hint, the provocation, to excess conferred by its honeyed untiring smoothness. Because Boa loves me, he gives me five more miles of speed than a stranger would get from him. T.E. Lawrence THE MINT Part III: THE ROAD
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S W A P P I N G , S E L L I N G , H A G G L I N G , F I G H T I N G . . . 1 2 P M S T A R T, R O L L E R R A C E S , H A R D M A N C O M P E T I T I O N S A N D A F R E E - F O R - A L L B I K E W A L L F O R S E L L I N G Y O U R O L D R I D E ( B E E A R L Y F O R T H E G O O D S P O T S ) . G O L D C O I N E N T R Y F O R B I K E S Y D N E Y. D E U S . C O M . A U
IN BENZIN VERITAS
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness in 2006, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a quaint notion that doing something is more fun than just owning something.
The American 1200 V-Twin - PP.25-28 Was conceived at the beginning of the Great Recession. Woolie’s goal was to take the most famous American-made, mile-dirt-track chassis called the C&J Low Boy (the winning-most, mile-dirttrack chassis ever built) and convert it into a street legal café racer, using as many American parts as he could (hence the name, The American).
Deus (“day-us”) didn’t set out only to sell custom parts and hand-built motorcycles, but to celebrate a culture of creativity. The Deus ex Machina showroom/cafe/headquarters in Sydney immediately became a shrine to ‘run-what-you-brung’ resourcefulness and street-honest industrial art. The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits of fun – motorcycles, surfing, cycling, whatever – split into exclusive, fundamentalist factions. All come together under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the authenticity and enjoyment of the machine. Since opening the doors at the Camperdown Temple of Enthusiasm Deus has spread its own flavour of internally combustible postmodernism around the globe. The way forward is one down, four up.
THANKS TO ALL THE MECHANICS, POETS, ARTISTS, MISCREANTS, CHEFS, SHAPERS, RIDERS, SLIDERS, PEDALERS, SWAPPERS, WORDSMITHS, DESIGNERS, STAFF, MOOCHERS, HEROES AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE MADE DEUS EX MACHINA THE MULTIFARIOUS HEAVING MASS OF ENTHUSIASM IT IS. Special thanks to Frederick Seidel for kindly allowing us to use his inspired words.
The motor was built up with a Harley Sportster™ five-speed lower end, bob-weight-balanced crank performance rods, forged J&E high compression pistons, and Edelbrock™ big valve cylinder heads. Suspension up front came courtesy of Buell™, with triple clamps hand-made at Durelle Racing. Works Perfomance Products, hand built the rear shocks. Sun Rims™ from Buchanan’s, knock-off hubs and brake hangers from A&A Racing, and speedo and electronics by Motogadget™. The Long Black SR500 - PP. 49-50 TZ 750 front brake, Buchanans™ rims with 304 SS spokes. The fender was hand made by 7metal West with Deus fender mount. The headlight was a vintage Ducati Mona modified to fit the Motogadget speedo, head light bracket was hand made out of stainless steel. NOS Tommaselli™ clip ons and a quarter turn race throttle. The twin pull brake is off a old water buffalo. The tank is a copy of a works Honda CR then heavily modified to fit the SR frame. The motor has a big J&E™ forged piston with all new valves and rocker with a fully ported set up, Megicycle™ cam shaft and FCR flat slid carb. The seat was hand crafted from the pan up – leather work was by C&C’s. Shocks by Works Performance™.
TT SR400 - PP. 155-158 (also page 7-8) Yamaha SR 400 2 valve single transformed into the Deus IoM tribute. Japanese hand-made alloy tank, custom triple clamp and headlight assembly. K&N pod filter kit, goldstar style pipe and ducktail saddle. Ohlins™ suspension, Brembo™ brakes, 40mm flatslide carb. The Drovers Dog SR520 - PP. 155-158 Powder coated black rims and hubs, stainless spokes, Firestone™ vintage tyres, stainless fenders, wave disc, Brembo™ 4 piston caliper, Ikon™ suspension front and rear, 520cc engine with flowed head, CR round slide carb, race exhaust, full braided line kit and removable surf rack. Triumph Thruxton - PP. 179-180 904 big bore kit with flowed heads, 39mm flatslide carbs with K&N air filters, Deus 2 into 1 race exhaust, billet oil coolers, full air box removal kit, full Aprillia Tuono front suspension including twin 320mm floating front discs and 4 piston calipers. Digital speedo, Beringer™ master cylinder, Rizoma™ grips and mirrors, custom headlight, alloy tank, alloy seat unit with all electrics hidden underneath, Ohlins™ rear dampers, wave rear disc, 5.5” wide alloy rim with 180 tyre and billet sprocket cover. SR500 Salt Racer - PP. 187-200 Modified TT500 frame, SR500 2 valve single, DID rims with shaved tyres for weight reduction. Custom gearing, lightweight 428 chain, custom alloy bikini fairing and tank. W650 Street Tracker STP Livery - PP. 227-230 Richard Petty tribute colours, Pirelli Scorpions, Over Racing™ 2 into 1 heat wrapped exhaust, Custom drilled bevel cover, WM™ Racing alloy tank, flat track seat kit, custom speedo mount.
A & A Racing in Northern CA built the triple clamps (with adjustable offset) as well as the chrome-moly swing arm. The A & A Racing rear hub is a fully adjustable with knock offs and full floating rear brake hanger (over sized rotor and Brembo caliper).
W650 The Bloodnok - PP. 235-238 Modified frame, hand rolled rear fender, vintage Cokers, custom seat, micro switches, Brembo™ master cyclinder, Braking™ wave disc, inverted front caliper.
The Mono SR542 - PP. 63-72 Heatpainted SR 542cc engine with 42mm flat slide carb, flowed head and race exhaust, airbox removal, braided line kit, Ohlins™ Monoshock converion, stretched swingarm, Ohlins™ inverted front end, 320mm flating front disc, Braking™ 4 piston caliper, billet alloy top and triple trees, 5.5” headlight with mesh cover, Pro-Taper™ bars, stainless speedo and tacho, Alloy XT style tank, W650 seat adaptation, LED stop light, billet indicators, ignition relocation kit, stainless front fender, wide front and rear wheels with stainless spokes, and K180 tyres in 130mm front and 180 rear sizes, alloy foot pegs.
W650 Sacred Cow - Bobbersaki - PP. 238-242 Deus Bobbersaki™ Kawasaki W650 hardtail conversion with Triumph T120 front drum brake, T120 petrol tank, classic headlight with stainless bracket, internal throttle assembly, steel rear fender with “sparto” stop light, pea shooter pipes, 733 big bore kit with flowed head and clear coated bare metal.
Triumph T120 Bobber - PP. 123-128 Triumph T-120 hardtail, Joe Hunt™ magneto, custom oil tank. 18” rear, 21” front. 1200 V-Twin Cafe Special - PP. 135-138 2009 H-D Nightster™ custom. SR 400 tank conversion. 19” dia front wheel, 18” dia rear wheel, alloy rims, stainless spokes, Dunlop tyres, Ikon front and rear suspension, 2 into 1 exhaust with ceramic black coating, re-mapped injection, Storz™ rearset pegs, clip-on bars, electronic speedo, solo seat, trimmed front and rear fenders, LED stop lights and custom paint.
W650 Swing Bobber - PP. 243-244 Trick W650, custom-fit SR400 tank, bobbed rear guard, modified rear frame and custom battery box, custom solo seat, Daytona™ headlight and speedo, Deus custom pipes, standard W650 rims, standard W650 front guard. Grievous Angel SR400 - PP. 249-252 Handshaped aluminium bullet fairing powder coated black, Over Racing™ stubbie under pipe, black powder coated factory mags, clip-on bars, ducktail seat and tracker tank in piano black, modified SR frame, K&N™ pod filter kit, CV carb, beadblasted engine case, Brembo™ 4 pot front caliper and Braking™ wave disc, Ohlins™ rear shocks.
THE FRONTAL MATCHLESS
THE CANGGU COMPOUND BY NIGHT
DEUS 4TH BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL OF PUERILE FUN
‘THE DROVERS DOG’ CUSTOM SR400
THE AMERICAN 1200 IN VENICE
INARI WITH FINS
FESTIVAL OF THE V-TWIN 2010
DARE’S TRIUMPH THRUXTON CUSTOM
TRACKING INDONESIA - JASON SALISBURY
DEPARTURE RALLY FOR THE CHARLEY BOORMAN TRIP
WINGLID AND IDLE WORSHIP
JAWA SPEEDWAY BIKE IN THE DEUS CAFE
OIL AND WATER
DEUS CAFE CAMPERDOWN
SPEEDWEEK 2006 - LAKE GAIRDNER S.A.
JEZ.T ON THE DEUS SR400 - TT
WOLFMOTHER PLAY DEUS BALI
DUCK RAGOUT, THE FUEL OF WARRIOR POETS
HAROLD PARK FAREWELL DIRT TRACK DAY
TRACKING IN INDONESIA
DRESS UP DRAGS
VINTAGE SURF & SKATE SWAP MEET NR1 - DEC 2009
GOLDSTAR SR400 CUSTOM
TONY DISPIGNA TYPOGRAPHY
SOMMERSBY FLAT TRACK
VINTAGE SURF & SKATE SWAP MEET NR2 - APRIL 2009
‘THE EVIL TWIN’ W650 CUSTOM
GRIEVOUS ANGEL A1 SCREENPRINT
BJS SR500 CAFE
THE INDIANS EXHIBITION - DEUS CAFE 2005
THE CUSTOMS FAMILY TREE
BICYCLE FILM FEST 2006 EXHIBITION AND PARTY
HUSKY TANK, STRAIGHTY DENIM
THE LOAM RANGER VS PUDDING HEAD
MATT MACHINE, A ROSE AND THE JAP
THE SWELL TRACKER W650
XT500 AND W650 FLAT TRACKERS
A LOGO PADDOCK
DEUS TRIUMPH T120 BOBBER
VINTAGE BMX SWAPMEET MAY 2010
SAILOR JAPPY AND THE CR
EVENT POSTERS 2009-11
DEUS MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET - MARCH 2008
THE BLOODNOK - DEUS W650 SHORTY CUSTOM
EMPORIUM OF POSTMODERN ACTIVITIES VENICE
CAMPERDOWN WORKSHOP 7.47AM MAY 2007
BALD TERRIOR AND THE 1200 V-TWIN CAFE EDITION
BOBBERSAKI - DEUS HARDTAIL W650 CUSTOM
1001 VENICE BLD. VENICE CA.
CAMPERDOWN BICYCLE SWAP MEETS 1,2 AND 3
DEUS SWINGBOB W650
THE AMERICAN 1200 V-TWIN
DEUS CUSTOM SR542 ‘THE MONO’
DEUS SR400 CUSTOM ‘TT’
VENICE WORKSHOP WALL AND SHADOWY JEZ
ORLANDO BLOOM IN THE DUST
LOVERSLAND SURF TOUR NOVEMBER 2008
DEUS GRIEVOUS ANGEL SR400
DEUS BALI FROM BATU MEJAN
THE MONO - PLAYED BACKWARDS SAYS ONOM
LOVERSLAND EXHIBITION PARTY
MIKE LIKED BIKES - HONDA RC166
DEUS ORIGINALS TRACK FRAME
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness in 2006, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a...