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 Id run up from the hangar, upon the last stroke of work, spurring my tired feet to be nimble...[My] bikelived 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 airmans 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 engines 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 Englands 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 airs 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 tars 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. LawrenceTHE MINT Part III: THE ROAD
I spend most of my time not dying.Thats 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.
IN BENZIN VERITAS
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australias cultural consciousness in 2006, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a quaint notion that doing something is more fun than just owning something.
Deus (day-us) didnt 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 theres 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.
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 Mono SR542 - PP. 31-42Heatpainted 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.
Triumph T120 Bobber - PP. 97-102 Triumph T-120 hardtail, Joe Hunt magneto, custom oil tank. 18 rear, 21 front.
1200 V-Twin Cafe Special - PP. 109-1122009 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.
TT SR400 - PP. 113-116 (also page 9-10)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. 155-158Powder 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. 161-164904 big bore kit with flowed heads, 39mm flatslide carbs with K&N air filters, mild cams, bigger valves, 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.
W650 Street Tracker STP Livery - PP. 193-196Richard 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.
W650 The Bloodnok - PP. 197-200Modified frame, hand rolled rear fender, vintage Cokers, custom seat, micro switches, Brembo master cyclinder, Braking wave disc, inverted front caliper.
W650 Sacred Cow - Bobbersaki - PP. 201-208Deus 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.
Yamaha TW225 Hillclimber - P 210The Big Bore 225 Kit 33mm FCR flatslide carb, hot camshaft, ported head, long swingarm, custom frame mods and matt black paint, standard TW tank with overcooked spraytan.
1200 V-Twin Street Tracker - P 21491 Sportster flat tracker conversion. Custom spray standard Sportster tank, dirt track seat kit, Deus underseat battery box, 2 into 1 Deus custom pipe, tracker bars.