Last month we had one of those light bulb moments. It was simply brilliant. We should put our new Canon camera to good use and shoot a short film starring one of Australia’s leading custom bike builders, Matt Machine. It would be shot on the ‘Machine Farm’ showing Matt in his element doing what he loves – building jaw-dropping bikes. It would be kinda like that stunning Shinya video, but with Aussie scenery and would feature Matt riding some of his creations like the Guzzi Le Mans Mark 1 and the ’48 Panhead. We couldn’t wait to see if Matt was keen to be part of it. Why wouldn’t he be? Then after we mentioned it to Matt he quickly breaks the bad news to us. “You guys are too late, some of my mates just shot a film down here, should be finished in a couple of weeks”. Bugger. Oh well, a few weeks have passed and the film has been released. And what a sensational short film it is. Directed by Mat Harrington, he has truly captured Matt’s spirit and passion for motorcycles. It’s not quite as good as the one we had in our heads, but we can only guess that their budget didn’t stretch to huge clouds of purple smoke, a giant guitar-playing robot and an army of scantily-clad bikini girls with machine guns. Come to think of it, neither did ours. Maybe next time.
Ever caught one of those documentaries on TV where some unsuspecting Joe Average pays $1.95 for an “old painting” at a junk sale and ends up being told by some expert or another that he is the proud new owner of a multi-million-dollar Van Gogh? Or the spotty kid who gets given a dusty old guitar and amp from a dead relative and later realises he has one hundred large in mint 1952 1954 Fender Strat and Tweed Deluxe clutched in his sweaty little fingers. Never happen to us, right? Well looky over here and please do meet one very lucky Sydney-sider who goes by the name of Rob. Now when the rest of us combine beer, eBay and a “little bid to start things off”, we usually end up with something that looks a little like this. But not Rob. See, he had a tipsy mash of the “bid now” button and ended up buying a bike from Australia’s king of customs, Matt Machine. Pipers, say a big hello to Mr Ayres and the newest member of his personal rolling stock; the Matt Machine 1975 XS650 Street Tracker.
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At the recent Deus V-Twin Festival I had the pleasure of chewing the fat with renowned Australian bike builder Matt Machine. Not only is he a friggin talented bike builder who has built some of the most outstanding bikes in the Southern Hemisphere, but he is also an established architect. Is there anything he can’t build? I wanted to find out more about this humble recluse and luckily he was up for answering a couple of questions.
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