There is something fundamentally manly about owning a motorcycle. Maybe it is the beast strapped beneath the metal that makes being on one of these machines so exhilarating. Deus Ex Machina, a custom motorcycle builder, recently introduced an exceptionally cool beast of a machine, the Bel Air 1200 Framer. Built by design director Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, the 1200 Framer is the 21st motorcycle to come out of Woolaway’s Los Angeles workshop.
The Bel Air 1200, inspired by the 1957 Chevy Bel Air, features a Harley motor and plenty of retro 1950s style. The 1950s style can be seen in the large vintage Monza gas cap and the fins located in the seat cowl. The bodywork was entirely hand-shaped from aluminum. The custom blue paint for this bike was hand mixed by Woolie with the help of Anaheim Rod and Custom. This particular colour, close to Chevy’s Tropical Turquoise colour was chosen to pay homage to the fabulous 50s.
The custom chromoly frame features an internal dual oil feed system. The frame of this bike is significantly lighter than stock and stiffer, as well. This makes the Bel Air 1200 stable and responsive when cornering. The powerful 1200cc Harley engine delivers plenty of torque. This bike also features a Keihin FCR-39 carburetor, K&N Air filter and Bridgestone tires. The custom exhaust features a long megaphone muffler and stainless steel headers.
The Bel Air 1200 is a great tribute to American engineering and design. This powerful, handsome cafe racer is truly a one-of-a-kind ride.