Deus Ex Machina in Bali

Vintage Bikes, Surfboards and Chill-Outs in Seminyak

Deus Ex Machina, the company from Down Under that crafts vintage motorbikes, shapes surfboards and deals with almost everything cool, has set up its Bali branch, consisting of a shop, bike workshop, board factory, an art gallery and cosy café, smack-dab amongst a patch of rice fields in Canggu. Nicknamed the ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’, Deus Bali is aptly located; only a short bike ride along the main thoroughfare to Pantai Batu Mejan, a.k.a Echo Beach, one of the island’s favourite and less crowded surf breaks north of Seminyak.

While the spot will appeal most to surfers, bikies and the casual motorcycle enthusiast, inside you’ll also find Deus Café offering tasty treats and a range of drinks – from espresso to cocktails – all the while basking in the cool Canggu paddy breezes. While not admiring the custom bikes in its showroom, art lovers will also find much to see in its dedicated art gallery that regularly holds pop art, graffiti and surf art exhibitions.

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On a casual trip to Echo Beach, Deus Ex Machina is an easy find, located right beside the fork in the road that branches off to the beach and the Sea Sentosa Resort. At first glance, many may wonder what the spot actually is with its large building and lawn behind palms and a tropical garden – if it weren’t for its fence bearing its name and a small vertical signboard with ‘open for good reads, motorcycles and accessories, bicycles, fine art, surfboards, tasty food and cocktails’ in white scribbled-out style text.

Step into the shade of the large shelter and onto the dark parquet flooring; first you’ll be greeted by the alfresco terrace layout of the Deus Café. Further inside is the gorgeous and spacious showroom nicknamed ‘velocita bohemienne’. This ‘speed house’ is where all the exciting items are shown off, from vintage dirt-track racing helmets and clothing of all sorts, all laid out behind a red-brick counter where a bunch of curios and photo frames fill a pop art wall. But the main attractions here are the vintage bikes, spread out in the showroom’s centre and corners.

Among Deus Ex Machina’s custom motorcycles are strip-downs and rebuilds of various series from the usual Japanese giants Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha, and still more from the likes of Swedish motor company, Husqvarnas. They are awesomely named too, such as the Café Racer, The Black Cat, Bali Dog and The Shank – all are styled on dirt-bikes and look even cooler with a surfboard side rack. With Bali’s crowded roads filled with the usual Southeast Asian scooter scene, these custom bikes are one-off items and are not what you normally see roaming the streets. Lovers of classics will easily fall for the C70 Honda cub mods.

When you’re done shopping or just browsing through the great apparel and action stuff in store (while constantly being distracted by the bikes’ beautifully crafted tanks and chrome wheels), head to the cafe for an eclectic choice of Asian and Western cuisine available throughout the day. There’s Thai fried rice, Japanese noodle soups, burgers and salads – you name it. There’s a kids’ menu too. If you’re not feeling peckish after the browse, you can always go on a little tour to the workshops at the back, where teams of skilled board shapers, motorbike and bicycle mechanics are into creating the next masterpieces. Talking about masterpieces; be sure to check out the art gallery showcasing items from their latest exhibition.

Deus Ex Machina

  • Opening Hours: Sun-Sat, 08:00 - 22:00
  • Location: Jalan Batu Mejan No. 8, Canggu
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 368 3386
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