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Bikes are starting to roll out the doors of Deus Ex Machina‘s new shop in Venice, CA.  This is the first SR to make it’s appearance – a caffeinated SR500 bound for Oyster Bay, New York. This is the fourth bike built by Michael “Woolie” Woolaway for Billy Joel and 20th Century Cycles. Crafted and conceived by Woolie based on the brief provided by Billy Joel and Alex from 20th Century Cycles.

The spec list is rather impressive:
TZ 750 front brake, Buchanans rims with 304 SS spokes, hand made fender by 7metal West, vintage Ducati Mona headlight modified to fit the Motogadget speedo, hand made head light bracket, NOS Tommaselli clip ons and a quarter turn race throttle. The tank is a copy of a works Honda CR then heavily modified to fit the SR frame. The motor has a big J&E forged piston with all new valves and rocker with a fully ported set up, Megicycle cam shaft and FCR flat slid carb. The frame was straightened by Dr John and then modified with a loop tail. The seat was hand crafted from the pan up – leather work was by C&C’s. Works Performance shocks were engineered by Pierre for Billy’s weight . A & A Racing in Northern CA, a legendary old school Flat Track custom shop who have been racing and building parts for over 30 years, built the triple clamps (with adjustable offset) as well as the chrome-moly swing arm. The A & A Racing rear hub is a fully adjustable with knock offs and full floating rear brake hanger (over sized rotor and Brembo caliper).

Check out Deus’ site for a full gallery of the bike here.
Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, combines over a decade of OEM motorcycle marketing experience with his passion for custom builds. Since 2008, he has been the driving force behind The Bullitt, a digital platform celebrating the art and culture of motorcycles.