Classic Motorcycle and Scooter styling in the Hunter St Mall
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BY ALICIA POOLE
The classic Motorcycle and Scooter brand, Sol Invictus has been calling Hunter St Mall home for the past 5 years but have relocated to a space a few doors up and now have the inclusion of a cafe!
These super cool scooters and motorcycles are the epitome of 60’s styling. So, when I chatted with owner and motorcycle enthusiast, Derek Benton, it was hard to keep my eyes from wandering back and forth over the bikes.
Sol Invictus is an Australian motorcycle brand that celebrates the diversity of the journey on two wheels.
“Our roots are authentic, and our philosophy is simple – love the journey.”
For Derek, it all started as a kind of mid-life crisis, a trip to Nepal and numerous encounters with Royal Enfield motorcycles. These beautiful machines, which were made popular by British motorcycle enthusiasts of the 1960s, became Derek’s inspiration to not only return home and get his bike license but purchase his first bike.
Derek’s list of requirements in a motorcycle weren’t all that unique. He wanted a bike that looked great, had a café-racer style to it, and was affordable. After a lot of searching, Derek couldn’t find anything that ticked all the boxes. With this hole in the market identified, it made perfect sense for him to design his own; and so, the Mercury was created.
Whilst the Mercury ticked all the boxes, Derek realised a more diverse product range was needed if he was to build a business. This got him thinking about commuter bikes and resulted in the classically designed, 60’s Italian inspired Wasp Scooter.
These beautiful bikes are not only style icons but come with an entry-level price tag, well below what you would pay for some of the big brand name bikes and scooters.
Not to mention, Sol Invictus’s very popular 250-cafe racer was in the top 5 around Australia in 2017. Beating numerous multinational companies.
Since opening, the brand has gone from strength to strength and has recently opened up a second store in Camperdown, Sydney.
The store not only has beautiful bikes that are actually affordable, but Derek is a lovely bloke and is more than happy to chat with other like-minded bike enthusiasts. Now, with their inclusion of the cafe, it makes it even easier to pull up out the front on your bike, drop in, and say g’day.