1. Bon Voyage!


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    Spencer Hayes, our resident surf guru shred master, is off to Bali today to surf in the Deus Bali 9ft and Single longboard comp. Good luck Spencer, make us all here at the Emporium proud. Follow Spencers progress here on the blog. Thank you to Bruce Brown and the Sandals for always keeping us inspired. Yew!

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    • DELAMINATED - a Vintage Skate Swap Meet


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        • Festival of Thump


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          A thumper is a motorcycle with a four stroke, single cylinder engine. It is called a thumper for the sound it makes. It goes thump, thump, thump. We like them because they’re lightweight, torque-y, easy to maintain, and make that sweet sound. Thump, thump, thump. There’s a whole community of folks who like them, a whole world actually. Putting on our first proper motorcycle show at the Emporium of Postmodern Activities, we were a bit nervous. Would there be enough people? Would there be enough bikes? We weren’t too sure. So when our first thumper enthusiast arrived at 10 am, telling us he had just jumped a flight from Seattle expressly for our event, there was a feeling of “oh shoot this better be good” combined with “oh shoot this is so good ALREADY.” Then the bikes started coming. Specimens from around the globe—England, Italy, Japan, Germany, Austria, India, America—found their way into our parking lot, and were each given their own personal red carpet moment to crank over their engines and apply some throttle. Then more bikes showed up. Gerry Hickman, who raced the Isle of Man in ‘47, ‘48, and ’52 brought his factory works Norton Manx, taking home the prize for Best Factory Racer. Then even more bikes arrived. Best custom build went to Orsi Villacorte, Ana Llorente took home the prize for Best Factory Original with her cherry Norton, and the award for Unbridled Enthusiasm went to Bixby Moto. The bikes were insane. The camaraderie was strong. The thumpers had their day. Apologies go out to our neighbors for the noise.

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          • HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!


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            • LA - BARSTOW - VEGAS


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              THE GOOD: The simple criterion of the historical LA-Barstow-to-Vegas Dual Sport ride have remained the same for the past 29 years: Follow a charted route on dual sport motorcycles to Las Vegas, starting in Los Angeles, and staying over night in Barstow. 450 miles all up, divided into two days of trails, rocks, and road. The ultimate adventure. Simple in theory; difficult in execution. We got it into our heads to carry on the legacy of the legendary Terry Pratt, an icon of the motorcycle industry. Full of years, Terry passed away back in April of liver cancer. Unworthy though we were to squire two of Terry's Triumphs, a 1966 TR6 and 1970 T100, we were gung-ho to pay tribute to the legend by going on this adventure. At the pinnacle of Terry's motorcycle racing days, Terry was competing in the CMC Trans-Cal and Golden State Series in the 50+ age bracket and bringing home trophies, left, right, and sideways. He rode the historic Barstow-to-Vegas Dual Sport event many times, often taking the “oldest bike” award. Our experience in the desert made us realize how much of a legend Terry really was. THE BAD: As this goes to press, our knowledge of old Triumphs is far inferior to our old boy Terry. Neither of the bikes finished the ride due to mechanical failure. The first to go were the points on Nevin's T100 followed by the points on Julian's TR6, 45 miles from the finish line. Stefan had a chain break on his Honda XR600, which pales in significance to Jeannette's broken foot. Most of our little crew had only been on the dirt a handful of times, which probably wasn't working in our favor, but luckily Dave was there to shepherd us along. Tim crossed the finish line a lone wolf, outlasting the rest of the pack. Next time the rest of us will be wiser and better prepared. THE UGLY: We've got nothing. It was beauteous. District 37 AMA has been at this for the past 29 years, and know how to run a heck-uv-a Dual Sport event. Thank you very much you guys! We had a full-on blast. See the Photos: http://us.deuscustoms.com/la-barstow-vegas/

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              • - MOTO GRIGIO -


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                Woolie's Workshop and the Deus Ex Machina-Emporium of Postmodern Activities present: -MOTO GRIGIO- Moto Grigio is Michael Woolaway’s latest addition to the Deus Ex Machina arsenal. The bike’s namesake is a vintage Ferrari paint called Grigio Scuro. A simplified translation of the term from Italian into English—dark grey—does the name little justice. It’s a complex hue that shifts from dark grey to near black in different lights. Pairing this color with the aggressive silhouette of Moto Grigio, the bike cuts an imposing figure. Hand built in Woolie’s Workshop at The Emporium of Postmodern Activities, the Kawasaki W650 engine was punched out to 800cc, features FCR flat slide carburetors and stainless steel headers that flow into a Supertrapp exhaust kitted out with hand made hangers. The custom-made tank and seat marry ideas of new and old. The tank shape is inspired by classic TT style road racers while the seat models itself after current Moto2 bikes. The competition-spec inspiration extends throughout the build with a laundry list of race-ready parts. The wheels sport Sun rims, Buchanan stainless steel spokes and nipples, and knock off hubs from Durelle Racing. The adjustable offset triple clamps are also from Durelle Racing and link up with black anodized Ohlins forks that have been re-valved, re-lengthened, and re-sprung. A Motion Pro Revolver throttle, Brembo brake and ASV clutch lever call the Woodcraft clip-on bars home. The enormous flat track rear brake set-up incorporates a Grimeca caliper and Brembo master cylinder, while up front the Beringer six piston brake meets a Brembo rotor and lever for huge stopping power. A custom chromoly swingarm links up to Works Performance shocks. Finishing touches include a digital dashboard from Motogadget and custom seating from C&C Motorcycle Seats. MUSIC: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Hanuman

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                • Sound & Vision


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                  Sound & Vision was our paean to the analog life that occurred about two months back. In the spirit of the event, we exposed a lot of film, including several rolls of Super8. And one of the many wonderful things about shooting actual film is that sometimes, that actual film goes missing. Even more wonderful is when that film resurfaces to reveal the lost footage of the day, which is what we have the pleasure of doing here. Special thanks to our friends at Visual Nomad—our filmic search and rescue team.

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                  • SOUND & VISION REDUX


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                    The sun shined brightly, the grinding bite of winter was no longer aloft, and the parking lot at The Emporium of Postmodern Activities blossomed with vintage film, hi-fi, and vinyl. Through the eyes of a casual observer it appeared as if another Saturday flea market was taking place, but for the informed who had gathered, there was reason to celebrate, for the season of Sound and Vision had arrived. Despite the ravages of the long, hard, Southern California winter, this year’s harvest proved to be just as crisp, rich, fresh, and delicious as the last, as the stalls overflowed with an abundance of formerly high tech offerings. While the people perused, entertainment came courtesy of Deus Ex Machina’s own with Mikey offering up vinyl samplings of what most would consider “funk” and Jenny spinning her favorite LPs of decades past, from country music of the 50s to obscure doo-wop, and pop of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The mood was light. The beer was cold. The smiles were wide. The atmosphere on the day was fit for the gift of sound and vision.

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                    • The Bully by Deus Ex Machina


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                      The latest bespoke build from Woolie’s Workshop in gorgeous moving pictures. Special thanks to Nicolai Iuul and the team at Bell & Ammo for their inspiring work. http://us.deuscustoms.com/motorcycle/the-bully/

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