About the Custom Build
The MotoMAX build based on the Continental GT 650 features the following upgrades to the standard motorcycle keeping in line with the build philosophy
● USD Fork
● Oversized Triple clamps
● Twin Brembo front calipers and floating discs
● Rear Brembo caliper
● 17×3.5 inch 5 spoke Brembo front rim shod with Pirelli Supercorsa SP 120/70×17
● 17×5.5 inch 5 spoke Brembo rear rim shod with Pirelli Supercorsa SP 180/60×17
● Trellis Swingarm
● Custom alloy Rearset footrest
● Custom upswept stainless steel exhaust system
● Custom handmade aluminium fairing (race replica style with concealed headlights)
● Handmade aluminium rear seat cowl (to suit RE cafe racer seat)
● Custom side covers (number plates)
● Shorten frame loop to match seat unit
● Billet handlebars
● Brembo master cylinder, and billet clutch perch and lever
● Custom switchgear (minimal)
● Metallic Teal green frame and swing arm
● Gloss back Rims
● Raw Aluminum fairing and seat cowl (brushed finish)
● Conti GT tank raw steel brushed with gloss black centre stripe, patina style RE logo
● Retro MotoMAX logo on number plates
I’m often asked when or how I got into the motorcycle industry and my normal response is “forever, I was born into it!” My Dad, Mike Steele was lewered into the motorcycle trade in the 70’s after a modestly successful career in racing motorcycles. I was born in the 80’s, at that time Dad owned a Yamaha/Ducati dealership in New Zealand. So as you would expect i’m interested in all things that move, well not just move but move fast!
In 2003 I had been racing push bikes (cycling) and trying to make my way in Europe. After realising that was a damn hard way to make a dollar, I returned to Perth and started repairing and selling Japanese motorcycles from a workshop at my Dad’s truck dealership. The following year we started MotoMAX. With my energy and interest focused on motorcycles, I was naturally drawn to racing, not so much production racing but real race bikes and for a number of years competing in the 250GP class. Although a dying class I loved that fact it was a pure racing class not just a street bike!
Fast forward to 2015 I had the opportunity to work with Royal Enfield and we have taken it with both hands. We are very proud of how we have grown with the brand in Perth. My love for the brand is its “pure motorcycling” much like my interest in GP racing, it’s the fact its not trying to be something it isn’t. It’s for the purest or someone that just enjoys riding, I often will tell an RE owner or potential owner’s it doesn’t matter what your into, if you enjoy riding then you will love experience of what it is to ride a Royal Enfield. Simple motorcycling that puts a grin on your face.
Anyway, the backstory maybe helps with the inspiration for the build. Hard to give you a clear answer as I like all styles of builds. I know what I like and more importantly what I don’t like. Like most custom builds I’ve used inspiration from many, but it was a conversation I had with the late Paul Ventura from Royal Enfield’s UK Tech Center in 2017 at the Sydney motorcycle show that sent me down this path. I loved his vision and was very excited with where he wanted the brand to go. So the motivations for the build are little of Paul’s words mix together with my interests in GP racing. I’m lucky to have some very talented fabricators available to me locally in Perth and although this is a MotoMAX build we are promoting the whole custom/classic bike scene in Perth.
I’m excited to see the end result and I think a lot of people the world over will be divided on what we have created, but what is for sure it’s guaranteed to create interest and conversation about Royal Enfield, MotoMAX & the Perth custom scene, that is what we have set out to do!