Though some surfers may be happy to roll along the beach in an ancient VW bus, others prefer a two-wheeled mode of transport. Deus ex Machine, a customized motorbike brand, undoubtedly falls in the latter category.The company recently converted a 70's Honda Super Cub into a surfboard-hauling commuter dubbed the Sea Sider.
Deus Ex Machina, or simply Deus, is much more than your neighborly customizable motorbike startup. The company’s headquarters are located in Sydney, Australia. But it has other locations (or flagships) in Milan, Los Angeles, Bali and Tokyo and a second Australian store in Byron Bay-New South Wales. Each one of these flagships has been given a nickname. For instance Tokyo’s store is called the 'Residence of Impermanence', while Milan boasts of the 'Portal of Possibilities' and Bali has the 'Warung of Simple Pleasures'. Each of these locations expresses the company’s creativeness and what it intends to create. Apart from building custom motorbikes and sponsoring global custom bike competitions, the company also sells surfboards, wetsuits, bicycles, and accessories. Deus even produces music on vinyl, makes videos and sells its shirts at numerous events throughout the world. It is certainly a company that is on a mission to develop a culture of creativity across its shops.
Back to the Sea Sider, a ’74 Honda C70 motorcycle /scooter was the original bike given up to surf, and an engine from a ’95 Honda Astra put in to offer a bit more power reliability while also providing an electric start. In spite of its limited power, the bike can carry two people and one surfboard.
Employing a bicycle-oriented theme instead of a motorcycle vibe, the builders of the Sea Sider peppered vintage pushbike parts onto the bike’s frame, including the front light, front basket, and handlebars. A customized metallic frame was ripped apart and welded up, and wooden slats were included to impart a perfect nostalgic touch. In an attempt to make the load lighter, unnecessary components were removed from the frame. The bike has been built with a bicycle feel so as to express the slower pace of life normally lived by surfers, and this offers such a trendy aesthetic to the design that one cannot help but love it. The exhaust of the original bike was swept away and substituted with a handcrafted flavor, customized seating included and rims brought in from Japan. But naturally, Sea Sider’s outstanding feature is the hand-crafted surfboard rack fitted on the custom bike’s left side. The pair of supports, which are shaped like a question mark, can be attached to the frame of the bike, or the two-wheeler can travel without them.
The surfboard appears to be fastened to the supports during travel, but the effect of the add-on on the ride itself has not been disclosed. Getting caught in a side wind might just be as thrilling and dangerous as riding a wave. And then there is the issue of balance.
Nonetheless, the Sea Sider is quite easy on the eye and looks like fun to ride. It is presently being showcased at the Temple of Enthusiasm showroom located in Deus Canggu, Indonesia. However, in case you cannot personally make it there, have a look at the photos in the gallery.