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Deus ex Machina New Blood Harley Sportster

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber. 15 comments


After all the hoo-har of the Deus bike build last weekend I was flicking through my photos of the event and realised that amongst all the bikes entered in the competition, there was a new Deus on display. The whole gig had forced it into a bridesmaid sort of role, but none-the-less we thought it was more than worth a few pixels of Pipeburn’s time.

The custom Harley Sportster trend is something we’ve duly noted here at Pipeburn, as I’m sure you all have. More and more we are seeing custom shops and individuals turning their attention towards this particular type of Milwaukee metal. And as a card-carrying member of the “I’m Not Really Sure About Harleys” Brigade, I’m finding myself more and more intrigued.


Walking around the it in the flesh, it’s the pipes that really grab you. They have been hand-crafted to within an inch of their lives and show the work of an obvious welding genius. The matte guard over the top is a sweet finishing touch which keys in really well with the engine casing, though I can’t help but think that it’s hiding more of that beautiful metalwork.


The donor bike is a 1200cc 2004 Sportster and going by the details listed it’s a fairly light make-over rather than an engine-in-bits-on-the-floor job. It sports (pun fully intended) wide clip-ons, 16″ rims front and rear, a solo seat, custom brake hose, custom grips, alloy brake light, Storz rear sets, Ram Flow air filter, custom exhaust pipe and Deus custom paint. All yours for a cool US$29,000 – any takers?


Photos via Deus

  • Alex


  • That's a bloody fine looking Sporty!

  • John

    $29k US! Yikes. Dues is proud.

  • Usually like Deus' stuff, but harleys just leave me cold. The only model I've ever liked is the xr750 dirt tracker.
    Its a lovely paint job but wasted on a nothing motorbike.
    But Im sure plenty of people will love it. Just not me!

  • KIK

    nice job, beautiful, but the seat bracket looks like they took the easy way out,. nice work overall tho..

  • xraytoken

    I'd like to place my order for a set of those pipes, a set of those handlebars and one of those nifty rear fenders! Love the bike!

  • drek

    Not to doubt the fit and finish of the bike and the quality of Deus, but I don't understand how it would be worth $29k to have a custom that looks to be little more than classy paint and some choice bolt-ons out of a catalogue. Then again, maybe that's the point. Harley customers in the US spend that much to have a spitting, snarling couch of a bike (usually a trike) covered in chrome logos.

  • Lowflying

    Harleys are great, but relatively low-tech chunks of metal which could satisfy that urge for a basic motorsickle. They are tradition, unhindered by progress, which is a concept that most of us love.

    Unfortunately, the ask doesn't justify the bike (and Hogs in general) IMHO.

    Too bad cuz I like 'em!

  • KIK

    a sportster costs about 10 grand, 19 grand in paint and pipes? deus is greedy?

  • Andrew

    @KIK To be fair, they cost about double that here – mind you this is a 2004 model…

  • KIK

    @ANDREW , thanxs for the info. sorry to deus,

  • Septic the Sceptic

    A six year old Sportster will only bring 10 ish in Oz. So it 19g's for pipes and paint. And labour, and rent, and GST and profit etc etc. Deus is a business not a charity.

  • SportsterMike

    Yes, the rubbermount Sportys make for a good custom when stripped down like this
    but as regards the price…

  • KIK

    rent and paint must be expensive as hell in oz!!

  • Cafe Orange

    Not original at all, they'd probably copied my bike from XLForum…..It has the same fender, rear brake light, tank, rear end chop…