Video: Bali’s temple of enthusiasm

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What if there was a mystical home of all things motorcycle, surf and cycle located on a tiny island off the coast of Indonesia? Well, it exists. Meet Deus Ex Machina, Bali. Here’s a video walkthrough.

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  • Glenngineer

    I wish I had real money.

  • SpeedyMoto

    That’s it! I’m selling everything!

  • jpenney

    OMG! Throw in a skate park and they have created my version of heaven!

  • ktaisa

    Jesus, i need to move out of chicago

    that is paradise

  • JonB

    Hell For Field Trip needed.

    • Wes Siler

      Tell us about it.

      • ontheroad

        Count me in.

  • moby grape

    Anybody notice the “Shrubbery” everywhere. Lots of happy people. The guy glassing the surfboard brought back some memories.

  • dan

    That is super inspirational. I wonder how they fund the whole thing. Is it local business? Or is this a hub for the greater Deus enterprise? Do the bikes, surf boards, and motorcycle mostly get sold there?

    So outrageously cool!

    • Brammofan

      I’m wondering if they fund the whole thing by means of the “shrubbery” that moby grape noticed.

  • Robert

    Is this a not extradition country? If so I’m selling everything and moving.

  • stempere

    OK, so all i have to do is learn indonesian, aquire some sort of mecanical skill, move there and convince them to hire me…
    Damn, that’s a sweet place.

    • T Diver

      A good friend of mine moved to Bali a few years ago. She married a dude from Bali and together they have a bike shop. (they also sell bone jewlery but that’s totally irrelavent.) Anyhow, he speaks english. You don’t need to know Balinese. If you really like bikes, then you can probably figure out how to fix them. Get a passport and go visit.

  • nymoto

    Totally awesome, I want to know the history of Deus, who are it’s founders? That place is amazing and I do like the stuff they put out, but who is backing all of this? Any ideas?

    • ontheroad

      I was wondering the same thing. Any insight, Wes?

      • Wes Siler

        Three guys: a creative, a businessman and a mechanic founded it a few years back. They make money. Started in Sydney, has since expanded to Auckland and now Bali. It’s both a normal bike shop doing modifications and repairs and a lifestyle brand (as much negative baggage as that term entails) selling motorcycles, clothes, surfboards and accessories. Yes, they’re incredibly cool and yes their model works. At least for them.

        • ontheroad

          Food for thought: move HFL to the West Coast, find some capital and a space, recruit the help of some contributors and perhaps a few readers (*ahem*…) and get Grant and some collaborators on merchandise and storefront design, thereby creating a bad-ass motorcycle shop, editorial HQ and destination for all things cool. Just sayin…

    • Chris
      • ontheroad

        Thanks for that.

        • gregorbean


  • Jon

    A bike with a surfboard rack. That is damn sexy indeed.

    • Steve

      I occasionally see a guy riding around Houston on an R1150GS with a mountain bike on a rear mounted rack. Not quite as sexy but just as impressive.

    • Mr.Paynter

      You see heaps on Bali!

  • Steve

    I have a hard time imagining how this operation can be self supporting. Unless Bali is simply crowded with trust fund hipsters eager to pay “fashion and luxury” prices for t-shirts, bikes, and boards, this place must be a sinkhole for someones savings.

    Or maybe I’m just jealous, bitter, and unimaginative

    • 2ndderivative

      Yes, and yes.

  • seanslides

    If they had a racetrack nearby, I’d be selling my stuff and buying a plane ticket faster than you can say ex-pat.

  • gregorbean

    damn. those guys really figured it out.

  • Patrick

    I’d move tomorrow if I could get a job there.

  • Vasily

    Nice place, better than office :(

  • Mr.Paynter

    I leave for Bali July 9th!

    The last week has been so gnarly, a squid-like charge of negligent and reckless driving hanging over my head as of Friday for getting caught doing 191 in a 120km/h zone, facing massive fines and a suspended licence for 6 months.

    Maxed every card and source I have to bail myself out but my Bali tickets paid for so I am going baby gone.

    I will not come home until I’ve spent some time there!

  • Lawrence