Deus turns Brutale into work of art

Deus Ex Machina Ago TT made from an MV Agusta Brutale 800 art

Motorcycle custom builders Deus ex Machina have taken the beautiful MV Agusta Brutale 800 and turned it into a work of art in honour of racer Giacomo Agostini.

Although Deus is an Australian-based company, this custom was produced at the Deus Emporium of Postmodern Activities in Venice, California.

It’s called the Deus Ex Machina Ago TT and it honours Ago who won 13 Grand Prix championships and 10 Isle Of Man TTs in the 1960s and ‘70s.

But rather than just a heap of bolt-on parts, it’s a significant custom art job with a custom subframe, aluminium tank shell formed from seven separate pieces of aluminium and a handmade aluminium tail that houses the electronics.

Even the Öhlins rear shock has been customised.

Bolt-on beauties include Beringer hand controls, Rizoma rear sets, Spiegler LSL clip-on bars and a tasty Scitsu tacho.

Deus Ex Machina Ago TT made from an MV Agusta Brutale 800 art

Being a racer tribute, it doesn’t have a headlight, indicators, mirrors, number plate or rear seat.

But the hallmark of this bike is the aluminium tank made done by Deus art craftsman Woolaway.

“This was the most difficult tank I’ve ever made due to the negative curve from the top to the back,” he says as shaping aluminium usually introduces creases.Deus Ex Machina Ago TT made from an MV Agusta Brutale 800 art

“I had to throw away the first version of the tank I made for this bike.”

The curved pipes, coated in flat black ceramic with Roland Sands Design end-cap baffles, were also tricky, he says.

“To get the right curve, I cut out about 30 small slices and brazed it all back together.”

The work of art was unveiled at a special function in LA last weekend and there is no word about whether it is for sale or what it cost to build or buy.

However, an MV Agusta Brutale 800 currently starts at $18,699 ride away, then you add the parts and the hours of work …

Deus Ex Machina Ago TT made from an MV Agusta Brutale 800 art


  1. Sorry Mark,

    have to agree with Nigel above. This thing is ugly and the last thing that would come to my mind is to call this “a work of art”. Them again I am no fan of the F4Z either, I am fuzzy bugger.

    Thankfully there are ton of different bike out there, something for everyone

  2. It just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Mark thinks this is “a work of art” and the F4Z is ugly. I think this is ugly in an industrial (or agricultural) way and is visually unbalanced with no flowing lines (and that seat!), but I quite like the smooth lines of the F4Z.

    Bike builders will never be able to please everyone.

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