Deus ex Machina Zero Lead Head Sportster

A top shelf Sportster build from Deus ex Machina

ZERO Engineering is a custom motorcycle manufacturer known for its interpretation of post-war hardtail Harley-Davidsons. The ‘Zero Style’ is synonymous with Zero Engineering founder, Shinya Kimura; his choice of low-slung gooseneck frames, springer forks and minimalist bodywork, allow the motor to be the focus of the motorcycle. This particular motorcycle from Zero Engineering is the Type 8, equipped with the 1200 cc Harley-Davidson Sportster Evo engine. In keeping with Kimura’s philosophy of less is more, Jeremy Tagand at Deus ex Machina in Sydney decided to emphasise the great lines already present in the Type 8 frame while using some modern tech to bring this V-twin into the 21st century. While we’re at it, a little TLC wouldn’t go astray. 

The first task was replacing the front and rear fenders with stainless steel numbers to match the polished tank. The indicators were replaced with Kellermann Attos that all but disappear on the bike. A new Motogadget tiny speedo was chosen to sit between the springer suspension.

While we were in the cockpit, the handlebars were replaced with a M-bar to bring the stance even lower; the control buttons were ditched for Purpose Built Moto units and KustomTech took care of the brake and clutch controls. 

The original fishtail exhaust was a large, shiny distraction from an otherwise subtle build, so a straight pipe in black was the choice of volume enhancer.

The final touches come by way of a re-trimmed seat by Bad Arse Trim Co and a lush set of leather grips. 

Browse the parts used for on the Deus ex Machina Zero Lead Head here.

Photos by Kenyon Batterson.

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