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SDG Moto Custom & Cafe

SDG Moto is the result of a family history in motorsports. After three generations of racers, custom motorbikes are now being covered – along with just about everything else.

Scott is a third generation racer, taking after his Pop, Dad and Mum who all raced. “I grew up playing in the grandstand and the pits at Sydney Showground Speedway. I grew up around bikes and racing, and it’s what I know and love. I love my CB750s, and old British bikes.”

With this history and life of racing, Scott was always sourcing parts from throughout Australia and the world for their bikes. Once he retired from racing, an idea came along. “I thought we have all these contacts, and other people are always calling me for parts, so we decided to launch an online store selling what we know.”

In 2006 they launched their online store with their two main suppliers, Joker Machine and Cycle X. Since then, they’ve grown to include also Speedhut, Motogadget, Kustomtech, K&L Supply and Highway Hawk. Scott will proudly tell you if you need a part, he’ll either have it personally on his parts shelf or someone else will in his huge list of contacts.

Supplying custom bike parts is one thing; SDG also put these parts to use and make custom bikes, having a fully equipped workshop next to his home. They limit the builds to 3-4 a year to make sure each bike has the correct amount of time and attention dedicated to it – there is a high standard to be maintained with each custom build. “This was a natural progression for us, as we have been building race bikes all of our lives. So it was it was a simple matter of tailoring our race builds for the road. Our passion for the Café scene is fuelled by our old school knowledge and history.”

“We’ve got Dave, who is an ex-speedway sidecar racer and has been involved with motorcycles and racing since the 1960’s with Dad and Mum. He has been a part of the family since then!

Then there’s Pete, he has been with me since my speedway days. He has been part of my pit crew and workshop crew since I was 16.

And now we’ve got Ronnie who is a new member of the SDG team, and is our electrical guru.

Wherever possible we try and do everything in-house, from fabrication to paint.”

Scott and SDG Moto are all about organic, natural progression. Keep it simple, and provide something that’s truly quality. “We like to keep our builds personal with our customers, so that their vision is achieved in each build. We believe low overheads reflect better prices for our customers.

We like people who say it can’t be done, and our answer to that is How soon would you like it?”

Scott’s family’s riding history started with his Grandfather at Maroubra Speedway back in the day, and from there his Mother and Father followed suit. “My Dad raced solos, sidecars, short circuit and compact speedcars. He represented Australia in New Zealand. He retired from racing his 1961 Triton 750cc when he was 73.

My Mum was Dad’s passenger on the sidecar. Together they have won Bathurst, and competed all around Australia.

I myself started racing when I was 10. I am now 49. In that time I have ridden and driven (and crashed!), junior motorcross, classic, post classic and forgotten era race bikes and sidecars, compact speedcars, and sedans etc. I have had a go at just about most things.

We have built our own chassis and engines from day 1. And we have always worked on and fabricated our own equipment, because in those days, sponsorship wasn’t easy to obtain, so you had to learn to do everything yourself!”

Check out their website here – www.sdgmoto.com.au

   

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