There is something quite special about motorcycles built in the 70s. It was a golden age of design where things were built with aesthetics in mind, and with the quality to be able to enjoy for decades to come.
Enter Lars and Finn from Haywire Cycle in Bondi Beach. Based on Curlewis Street in Bondi Beach, the collection of classic machines lined up in the front yard of their brown brick apartment building is a clue of the motorcycle workshop concealed in the lounge room within.
The apartment is not your typical Bondi Beach pad. Instead of the usual indoor plant or succulent that you might otherwise find in a Bondi Beach living room, cans of spray paint, oil, and tools line the walls of the Haywire Cycles HQ. Instead of carefully curated books on the coffee table, the boys have installed a vice and bench grinder for machining custom parts for their bikes.
For years these boys have been giving new life to bikes that would have been otherwise neglected to ruin. Frequenting Curlewis Street on my way to the beach, I would often greet the boys working on their bikes in the front yard. A greasy handshake and a quick progress update on their latest build would usually follow. It was always nice to appreciate the bikes and the hard work that had gone into them.
We caught up with Lars and Finn on one of their morning rides around Bondi to get a few snaps and chat bikes. I asked Lars about his favourite bikes to work on. "My daily ride is a 1975 Honda CB750 Supersport. She was in a sorry state after spending over 25 years rotting away in a shed, this gave me an excuse to design and rebuild absolutely everything, a process that I really enjoy", says Lars.
Perched on the headland at Ben Buckler point overlooking Bondi Beach and the beautifully calm Pacific Ocean, the bikes looked at home in the early morning light. Lars was riding his recently completed Honda CB 750 while Finn was riding his Honda CB 350. Lars and Finn build most of the parts themselves, including the hand upholstered seat Finn sewed for his CB 350, and the custom instrument panel Lars built and installed on his CB 750 - tastefully finished with a watch face from a vintage wrist watch. The bikes were a joy to look at, with the ruggedness of a well used machine and the intricate touch of a builder who appreciates the fine details.
Make sure you check out their instagram at @haywirecycles for more info on their builds and bikes.