Makarne custom motorbikes are bespoke beauties

Anthony Mackenzie with one of his creations, a 2001 Yamaha SR400 Custom known as The Duke
Anthony Mackenzie with one of his creations, a 2001 Yamaha SR400 Custom known as The Duke Iain Curry

MOTORCYCLE culture can take many forms, but it's the custom scene where bikes become rideable works of art which is currently thriving.

Australia's most famous example is Sydney-based Deus Ex Machina, a custom bike builder and now global phenomenon with its highly desirable (and expensive) products.

The Sunshine Coast has its own version in the shape of Makarne; a one-man custom operation run by Anthony Mackenzie from his beautifully set up workshop in Noosaville.

Here his complete custom bikes mix with ongoing projects, parts, tools, pictures and a small range of branded clothing promoting the Makarne name and the custom motorcycle culture it represents.

Centrepiece during my visit was a 2001 Yamaha SR400 Custom known as The Duke, one of the eight bikes completed by Makarne since its inception.

The bike oozes desirability and cool with its modified frame, curvaceously slim seat and its tank painted a single flat colour and graced with Makarne's classy name script.

"The tank on custom bikes is the real key," Anthony said. "I try to keep things simple with one colour tone then add the logo."

The customiser said his speciality was keeping control of the bike's aesthetics himself, not doing anything too wild and building bikes he'd want to own.

"I'll pick a bike, determine the aesthetics and work from there," Anthony said. "I'll do frame modifications, add a restored or custom fabricated tank, do the seat, electrics and suspension."

Growing up with four brothers on Queensland acreage, Anthony said the family had all sorts of toys to fix up, ride and repair, giving him an ideal grounding for motorcycle fabrication and customisation.

His work began on dirt bikes before moving on to customising Japanese bikes, specifically older road bikes, and recently the more modern Yamaha Scorpios which appeal due to their reliability.

Not only is Anthony a talented bike builder - evidenced by his work on show - he's also mastered promoting his brand aesthetic through his website ( and social media.

The photographs he and his friends have taken of his bikes, the workshop and while out riding present the custom bike scene in a beautiful fashion, celebrating the culture, art and enthusiasm of those involved.

It may only be a small operation based in Noosaville, but Makarne has already done a superb job of mastering brand desirability tied with its delectable two-wheeled products.

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