(Photos by Kate Disher-Quill)
Compared to Kustom Kommune, Rising Sun are fresh out of the gates and working their arses off to surmount just about every obstacle thrown at them to make their dream a reality.
Their story is fairly well known within the Sydney custom scene having launched their venture on the back of a crowd funding campaign. Yet, their journey to find a home has been a fairly tedious and difficult process, battling council and residential barnacles. However, when Harley Davidson stepped in and offer some support, they were able to shoe into a fantastic pop-up location in the heart of Newtown, one of Sydney's best known alternative lifestyle suburbs close to the city centre.
When I completed my first interview with Adrian and Heleana, they were literally in the process of laying down paint on the walls and furniture. In partnership with Nick and Dan, who run the Rising Sun ramen kitchen (possibly the best ramen I've had outside of Tokyo), the space feels like a wonderful home and is already attracting a solid and steady flow of customers.
Adrian, has his work cut out for him, both managing his fledgling business and getting very hands on for a custom build of a Harley FortyEight in time for show at Throttle Roll. In 4 days time.
You'll see Rising Sun's story in the upcoming episode of Stories of Bike due out next week.