Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) reared up out of a factory space in Sydney Australia, the brash lovechild from an orgy of artists, surfers, skaters and bikers. Now an international force, the brand still revolves around customised motorcycles that celebrate creativity like a dog licking its nether regions.
The American 1200 gives the Deus salute to the custom motorcycle culture that first appeared in Europe and America in the 1940s. As the first full-blown custom build to come out of the US base (The Emporium of Postmodern Activities, LA), they’ve taken the most famous American-made, mile-dirt-track chassis, the C&J Low Boy (the most victorious, mile-dirt-track chassis ever built) and converted it into a street legal café racer, using as many American parts as possible.
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. There’s crazy suspension up front courtesy of Buell, with triple clamps hand-made at Durelle racing, knock-off hubs and brake hangers from A&A Racing and speedo and electronics by Motogadget. Most importantly, like all Deus bikes, the American 1200 looks like nothing else.
Deus Ex Machina has workshops in Sydney, Byron Bay, Bali, LA and Milan.