We first told the story of the U.S. arm of Deus Ex Machina and its extremely talented custom motorcycle builder, Michael “Woolie” Wollaway in 2013 (read the story here). Woolie is still hard at work building custom motorcycles at Deus in 2016, and The Scrappier is the latest one in his portfolio. See the full Deus press release below for more details on the bike.


by Michael Woolaway

From superbike to supermoto, The Scrappier has held on to its ‘super’ aspirations and gone off the rails and left normal conventions in the scrap bin. Starting as a full fairing’d KTM RC8 with a 1150cc V-twin packing 151hp, it has turned into a scrappy delinquent who shows up to bare-knuckle fights in a gentleman’s tuxedo.

The poison apple paint is a masterful work starting with a white pearl base coat and adding a layer of bright candy red, and finishing with a black candy top coat. The resulting presentation is stupefying, appearing nearly pitch-black in low light with metallic deep reds and purples shining thru the highlights in full sunlight, showcasing the curves and angles of Woolie’s handiwork.

One of the special features lending to bike’s unique silhouette is the seat design, built for the purpose of sliding up on the tank while doing crispy maneuvers on the track.

Woolie has created a knockout with this one, dancing the line between black-tie etiquette and dangerously fun agility.

Subframe – Custom chromolly
Bodywork – Handmade aluminum tank, radiator shrouds, tail section, and number plate. Hand-molded carbon fiber front fender.
Exhaust – Titanium Akropovic
Intake – K&N racing air filter
Front Suspesion – 58mm Marzocchi forks with the Andreani Group’s bladder system, revalved and shortened by Lindemann Engineering
Rear Suspension – Öhlins shock from HMC Racing
Wheels – Marchesini forged 17”
Brakes – Barenger 320mm floating front disc with radial mount, Brembo caliper with 4-Titanium Nickel plated pistons. Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper in rear.
Bars – Rizoma
Hand Controls – Magura