The last Australian Tilbrook motorcycle

Engineer Rex Tilbrook (1915-77) first built an all-Australian motorcycle in 1947, and from his Adelaide factory from 1950, the first production roadsters were sold, identified by oversized fuel tanks to cover the distances typically travelled in Australia, after originally producing a range of motorcycle components and accessories, as well as the Tilbrook classic sidecar to suit…

The Motorcycle: The future generation is electric

The introduction of today’s battery-powered engines has changed the fundamentals of motorcycle design. Although internal combustion engines have driven most motorcycles since the first commercially produced models entered the market in 1894, even then visionary inventors recognised the benefits of electricity over gasoline. In subsequent years, however, electric motorcycles were only considered at moments when…

Australian Whiting: The last word in motorcycle luxury

The Whiting motorcycle was conceived in Melbourne in 1912 when engineer Saville Whiting (1889-1973) designed and built an innovative spring-frame cycle with semi-elliptic leaf sprinting on both the front and rear wheels. The four-cylinder V-engine was one of the most technically advanced designs created in Australia. Whiting was dissatisfied with the handling and comfort afforded…

Vincent Black Lightning: The fastest production motorcycle for its time

Bike-lovers can experience a whole new view of the motorcycle at ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’ only in Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 26 Apr 2021. The exhibition opens the throttle on the ground-breaking designs that shaped one of the most iconic objects the world has ever seen. This 1951 Vincent Black Lightning…

Deus Ex Machina’s ‘Drover’s Dog’ is the perfect surf bike

Do you have a surfing adventure in mind? Never be separated from your board again by combining your two favourite cultures — bike and surf. Australian custom motorcycle and fashion brand Deus Ex Machina bring both Bondi cool and characteristic Aussie humour to the many custom designs that have emerged from their workshop in Sydney.…

Suzuki Hayabusa: The world’s fastest production sportbike

Get your motor running… optimized for speed, view one of the fastest production bikes ever built at ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’. The Suzuki Hayabusa’s design holds a special place in motorcycling history.  ‘The Motorcycle’ opens the throttle on the ground-breaking designs that shaped one of the most iconic objects the world has ever seen.…