During our recent jump across the ditch, we found ourselves in sunny Brisbane and knew there was one spot we wanted to hit before the trek home.
We made the journey to West End, a busy little area on the side of town where you find the Ellaspede workshop tucked quietly away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
We have been following the Ellaspede boys closely for a while now, but were still blown away with the space from the minute we set foot in the door.
Ellaspede is an industrial design house, driven by Steve Barry & Leo Yip, two of the nicest guys you are likely to meet. The story is, the design duo had a bit of an out of the ordinary request to design a motorbike build for a customer and the whole thing just snowballed from there.
It's not often you see a workshop utilizing design in the early stages of builds, but this is exactly what you find here. The small team at the West End warehouse merge modern design and drawing techniques even before the grinder hits metal, choosing to design bikes and digitally draw up plans in the early stages.
The customer knows exactly whats in store for the build and the boys in the workshop can get straight to work. By the looks of the floor during our visit, there isn't a shortage of it to go around either.
Hughan, one of the boys on the floor gave us the low down on some of the bikes floating around in various stages of build.
This CB900 was found among some of the Ellaspede apparel. Sitting in front of it the finished design.
A 1968 Honda CB450 'Elvis'.
We have always had a soft spot for 2 strokes, so this RD definitely was a favourite.
As you can see from a quick walk through the shop, the team here do it all.
Ellaspede also boasts a very eye pleasing range of apparel and accesories throughout the flagship store. If you can't make it down take the time out and head over to www.ellaspede.com - while you are there, make sure you check out some of the finished bike builds, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Leo, Steve and the team for putting down the tools and giving us the grand tour. If you ever find yourself in Brisbane, stop in for a coffee and a chat with the boys. You'll definitely be leaving with a head full of ideas and most probably a bag of new gear.
Stay tuned, as we have something very special grinding away in the works with the Ellaspede crew. More info to follow shortly..
Building and fabricating is only half the fun...