The 750 Dreamliner from Woolie's 29 January 15


Commanding Woolie’s Workshop at The Emporium of Postmodern Activities is Deus Ex Machina’s US Motorcycle Design Director, Michael “Woolie” Woolaway. A natural born gear head, the Hawaiian born, California raised builder has been taking things apart and putting them back together ever since he can remember.

The 750 Dreamliner is described by Woolie as a seductive tigress with a bite. The classic Ducati trellis design frame has been changed for light and tight chromoly frame. The engine is a fully rebuilt 750 two-valve one from a Monster. It is fitted with a set of Keihin FCR racing carburetors with K&N air filters and Cone Engineering pipes giving a "not-so-subtle vocal opera of throaty notes that escape out of either side of the Dreamliner in a manner similar to the Ducati Imola racers of the 1970s".

The Dreamliner has Michelin Pilots on 17" tubeless spoke wheels with full-floating rotors by Kosman Specialties, and braking is provided with Brembo brake components. Suspension is handled by re-valved Ohlins forks by Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering and adjusted to fit the owner’s weight while the rear shock was built by Jim Wood at RaceTech.

LSL clip-ons and Rizoma rear sets and mirror are on the bike thanks to the help of James Eiland at Rizoma USA. The tank, fender, and seat cowl are handmade from aluminum with double tuck stitching on water proof Kushitani leather for the seat pad.

The geometry of this bike is very similar to the Ducati 916RS with 24% head angle, 56″ wheel base, and fully adjustable swing arm angles resulting in tight handing and assertive responsiveness to input. This is the first ground-up Deus Custom from Woolie’s Workshop to use an Italian motor.

by Michael Woolaway

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Alan Goodsell , 29 January 15