Deus Ex Machina hosts an annual Bike Build Off occurring on the same date in Sydney, Australia; Milan, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Bali; and Venice Beach, California. Adam was invited to participate in the Professional Builder class in Venice Beach, California. Thinking he had 4 weeks to build a motorcycle worthy of the Bike Build Off philosophy of “the most with the least” while highlighting his abilities, given the demands of owning and operating a small business, he actually ended up with 9 days to build this bike from the ground up. Working on customers’ bikes during the day, he spent some very late nights to finish this bike in time to drive straight through to California to meet the 7am roll-in at Deus on Saturday, September 25, 2016.
This is a flat tracker, meant to go as fast as possible on an oval track, often only 1/4-mile long, meaning there are very short straights before you’re leaning into a turn again (always going left). Adam built this bike as the ultimate flat tracker, leaving only the essentials and making all of the custom components, except the frame (chromoly), from aluminum.
Both the shifter and rear brake lever are located on the right side, to give the rider control while their left foot is on the ground during those left turns. This is actually one of the reasons Triumph had the gear shift on the right.
This motorcycle won Best Race Bike at the Venice Beach, California Bike Build-off and is now a contender for the best globally, based on a People’s Choice vote and against the winners from the other 4 locations.
Although the motorcycle was built to meet a show deadline, Adam races it, as it was meant to be used.
Frame: Custom built by Speed Deluxe Vintage and Bespoke Motorcycles from 0.035″ and 0.065″ chromoly
Fuel tank: Custom built by Speed Deluxe Vintage and Bespoke Motorcycles from sheet aluminum
Oil tank: Custom built by Speed Deluxe Vintage and Bespoke Motorcycles from sheet aluminum
Seat pan and tail: Custom built by Speed Deluxe Vintage and Bespoke Motorcycles from sheet aluminum
Front end: 1971 and newer Triumphs and BSAs; the lowers and triple trees are aluminum, compared with steel in the earlier models, making this is the lightest front end Triumph produced
Front wheel: Brakeless, spool-hubbed
Engine: 1967 BSA B25 Barracuda (chosen for the high compression)
Pinstriping and sign-writing: Chastin Brand
Frame powdercoating: Justin Shipp (Silent Cycles)