Despite being nestled away in Fortitude Valley, hidden on all sides by towering office and apartment buildings, Smoked Garage still stands out from the crowd.
It’s anything but discreet. Motorcycle enthusiasts come in droves, following the sounds of revving engines and scent of burnt rubber and freshly-ground coffee to see their custom motorcycle dreams brought to life.
Internationally-renowned for their custom bikes, shop manager Benny Selboskar said Smoked Garage could create custom bikes to any style and budget.
“We do everything in-house and can modify any type of bike whether it be big, small, new, old or any type of model,” he said.
“Some of our builds can be quite polarising.
“We have many that love them and some that hate them – to me that is the true definition of art though.
People like and hate different kinds of movies and music and it’s no different with bikes.
Mr Selboskar said the bike industry was experiencing a retro revival and plans were in place to move the garage to larger premises in Wickham Street.
“It’s been a real resurgence of old,” he said.
“A lot of people are looking for something different and more unique than what’s available at a typical dealership.
“The bobber style has proven to be the most popular, followed by café racers and trackers.”
Mr Selboskar said it wasn’t only typical bikers who were interested in riding, but men and women from all walks of life.
“We have a pretty big mix of clients from university students all the way to highflying CEOs and everyone in between,” he said.
“You see everyday guys and girls sitting there talking to big, burly, old-school bikers, having a conversation over their shared common interest.”
Photos by Smoked Garage.