“Roughly seven years ago my two sons turned sixteen, and not only had they far outgrown their XR-50’s, but they had reached the legal age where they could begin riding the backroads of Maine with me. I’m partial to newer Triumphs (I ride a Scrambler), but I wanted this step in their lives to be a learning experience. I hoped to teach them how to find a decent used bike, what to look for in terms of wear and tear, and ultimately how to take a Craigslist cast-off and turn it into a labor of love. Both boys seemed on-board with the idea, and we settled on early 70’s Honda twins due to cost, simplicity and availability.”
America putting a man on the moon in ’69 was a big achievement in a veritable cavalcade of different areas. Obviously, it was a technical achievement par excellence. It was also a giant step in exploration that made previous earth-bound heroes like Columbus and Cook look like they were out for a Sunday ride. Then you have a raft of other firsts including speed and distance records and the like. But one thing that is rarely talked about in relation to the mission is it’s enormous breakthroughs in the field of throwing common sense out the window and doing shit because it’s obviously just so damn right. Most bikers will know that feeling all too well; as we all know there’s a certain level of putting your fate in the hands of the gods that must be embraced before anyone can really ride a bike in anger. Which also makes very little sense in the cold, hard light of get a job and do what you’re told. But what if you were to do more than just ride bikes? What if you were sitting down for a beer with a few mates and you decided that from that point on your lives would never be the same again? What if you decided that the drunken idea you just had wasn’t going to be forgotten the next day but actually acted upon with all the vigour you could muster? Welcome to the world of Cheezy Riders, a bunch of guys who acted on a whim and made one giant leap for mankind. And cheese, too.
Had a day off the other day. Sydney. Blue sky. Still warm, but there’s a slight touch of Autumn in the air. What to do? Maybe jump on the bike and cruise down to one of our many beautiful beaches for a swim? No. Grab the wife and kids and pop down to the local park for a picnic and some quality time with the fruit of my loins? Nope. How about jumping in your mum’s crappy Toyota Camry (don’t ask) and driving from one end of the city to the other to hang out with a bunch of guys in a dark, greasy little workshop with a bunch of heavy equipment, some swarf, an old dog, and a dull blue Leyland P-76. Oh, did I mention the numerous cool bikes they had lying around in various states of customisation? God it was cool. Welcome to Evolution Motorsports.
Pipeburn: Can you introduce yourself?
Paul: I’m Paul McKinnon, owner of Evolution Motorsport (centre above, without dress). I’m a die-hard circuit racer and have been since age 11. I have two trades; mechanic and watchmaker – but my passion is fabrication.
PB: Tell us About Evolution.
PM: Evolution Motorsport is a 4-year-old business based in Brookvale, in Sydney’s northern beaches. We pride ourselves on quality workmanship. I started out with the view of motorsport fabrication as that’s where my background is, but I have now realised that business doesn’t always go the way you first thought. We now cover all areas of vehicle fabrication work, whether it be bikes, rods and customs or racecars. We survive because you can’t buy everything; some things just have to be handmade.
The city of Auckland is commonly known as the ‘City of Sails’ because there are more yachts in the harbour per capita than any other city in the world. After our recent visit to the impressive Deus store and workshop, I think they should rename Auckland the ‘City of Classic Motorcycles’. We were blown away by the number of beautiful bikes housed in this huge warehouse, from vintage Vincents and Husqvarnas, right through to brand new Triumphs and Harley Custom Bobbers. Incredibly this huge warehouse is only footsteps from the heart of the city – and dangerously close to the Sky City Casino. To find out where they are, hit the jump.