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The Emporium of Postmodern Activities is one of Deus Ex Machina’s outlets, located in Venice, CA.  It’s a vibrant shop where you can find hand-shaped surfboards, clothing, brewcraft, and of course, superb custom built motorcycles like the W-`ühini, aka “The Grasshopper” ($Inquire).

Built by Hawaii-born (hence the name of the bike) Michael Woolaway, the W-`ühini draws inspiration from the classic British dirt racers of the 50s and 60s.  It’s based on a Kawasaki W650, with a motor bored to 800cc (boasting a 520 cam chain conversion), mounted on a lightweight one-off chromoly framework that provides a perfect weight distribution.

The Grasshopper has been fitted with all kinds of performance-enhancing bits, including a NOS Grimeca master cylinder, Brembo calipers, Keihin 36mm CR race carbs, K&N Airfilter, carbon fiber front fender, handmade aluminum tank, and a hand-bent stainless steel exhaust with internal baffles.  The result is a bike that accelerates fast, brakes on a dime, and handles sublimely “to keep on hopping when the paved road ends.”  Finished in a sleek green.

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