On location with Pat Daly shooting the Yamaha SR250.
Check out the set in Fuel mag below.
"The ’Eau Rouge’ is a homage to both the men and machines that proved their steel by pushing themselves to the very limit of their endurance over 24 relentless hours of non-stop racing, Deus Ex Machina’s Yard Built Yamaha XJR1300 could grace any racetrack the world over. As the desire for individuality increases in many of today’s riders, this unique machine created by Yamaha’s collaboration with Deus Ex Machina Italy shows that with the right approach, and using the best materials, anything is possible."
This past weekend I had a bit of an epiphany. Over my past 5 years of being a Chicago resident I've inadvertently been surrounding myself with a very tactical group of friends. Friends who not only have a great aesthetic eye due to their wide range of creative backgrounds, but who also revel in getting dirty and building things with their hands. A down right deadly force when it comes to getting shit done, well. On returning to our new shop space after a parts run I yanked open the 8 foot blast door to find a Santa's Workshop of buzzing activity. The cogs were spinning so efficiently I was afraid that just by stepping into the room I'd become the proverbial wrench in the gears.
From Friday evening to Sunday night these guys clocked in over 30 hours of work just to help get us on our feet. Thanks to all who lent a hand. My feeling of gratitude was and still is overwhelming. Here are some shots from the weekend, taken by Scott Collins of Freeform (a shared member of the space).
We usually do our own engine work but this bike needs to be done in a couple months for the show, so it's being outsourced. It'll leave us some more time for the fun bits.
A while back a design buddy of mine Scott, who runs FREFORM here in Chicago, and I partnered up on the search for a collective shop space. Along the way we picked up a couple other hybrid design/motorcycle enthusiasts also looking for more elbow room. Finding the right space has taken us almost a year now but I'm very stoked to say we've finally found exactly what we were looking for! The space is still in the heart of Chicago and in a large scale industrial building with lots of other creative tenants. We plan on leveraging all our creative outlets for some rad community events in the future.This is just a quick update before I run off to put in another long night of space build out. We've got some exciting ideas brewing for the space. For now here are some teasers:
"The Buckle is casted in bronze by Valtoron, a family ran sculpture foundry that also specializes in making state of the art racing motorcycles using traditional metal techniques to sculpt their bodies in casted aluminum. Casting has been known by mankind for thousands of years, and it is a beautiful technique that starts with the liquid metal which is poured into a mold containing a hollow cavity with the desired shape. Then after cooling, you open the molds and get the final piece.
The buckle comes with two simple, genuine cowhide leather, interchangeable, hand sewn belts, (One black, one natural). The belt comes in just 2 sizes, as it has holes all along the leathers."