There’s an Australian motorcycle shop by the name of Deus Ex Machina that is guaranteed to make you feel a bit slighted by the Japanese manufacturers. You see, in Australia, it seems they can purchase brand new Kawasaki W650s and Yamaha SR400s (W650s? I didn’t know that!). And just to rub salt in the wound, Deus Ex Machina takes these bikes, along with a few Triumphs and Sportsters, and turns them into some of the nicest custom cafe racers and street trackers you could possibly hope for. Subtle, not over done, just right. If you liked Bratstyle, you’ll really like these guys.
The SR400 can be ordered in a variety of configurations from the Stage 1 Rocker or Stage 2 Custom to a Stage 3 Manx or Grievous Angel. Each one has a style that would stand out on bike night and look great on the road but, of course, unless you dig up an old one on eBay, you can’t build one of these. The same goes for all of the variations of the W650.
Yamaha SR400s are very popular in Japan and Europe and in Australia, too, it seems, but according to some folks these would not sell in the U.S. No one would want a nice, light, easy handling motorcycle that can be customized into a gorgeous little cafe racer. Absolutely no one and it would be really hard to start selling them here because they would have to ship some over here along with the rest of the bikes already coming over. How could they do that? It’s probably way too much trouble. … Right.
You know, we could make a pretty big list of all of the cool bikes sold elsewhere that someone has decided couldn’t possibly sell here. How hard would it be for the Japanese manufacturers to try re-introducing a few models and see what happens. Bikes like the SR400 have a huge aftermarket overseas. If someone were to set up a custom shop selling bikes here like Deus does in Australia, just see what would happen. What could it hurt?
Deus Ex Machina looks like a very interesting place and the fellows involved have been around motorcycles for quite some time. I received several tips about them over the last few weeks. Thanks, Aaron (who was first) and everyone else!