Michael Woolaway’s latest addition to the Deus Ex Machina arsenal, the Moto Grigio borrows its name from a vintage Ferrari paint known as Grigio Scuro. While that simply translates to ‘dark grey’ in English, it does little justice to the actual paint job on the motorcycle; a complex hue that shifts from dark grey to near black under different lighting.
Hand built in Michael’s workshop at The Emporium of Postmodern Activities, the Kawasaki W650 engine was enlarged to 800cc, and boasts FCR flat slide carbs and stainless steel headers that flow into a Supertrapp exhaust kitted out with handmade hangers. Blending old and new-age concepts are the custom tank and seat; the former is inspired by classic TT style road racers while the latter is modelled after current Moto2 bikes.
Competition-spec parts abound in the Moto Grigio, including wheels that 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 Öhlins 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.