A home.

Yes, the rumours are true! We have received an approval to build RSW's final home. To everyone who showed their support, wrote letters, signed petitions, gave us hugs (or whiskey) and kept asking as to our progress THANK YOU ! ! 

We still have some more forms to complete and certificates to obtain before being able to announce an opening date... but we couldn't wait to share the news.

The location is the old Mitre 10 building in Newtown (1c Whateley Lane), a site that was beloved to Newtown as their local hardware store, so we know we’ve got big shoes to fill in the neighbourhood. The process took nine months and a lot of hard work but we can say that we couldn’t have asked for a better location, building or local community and worked with some total legends along the way to help us get this through. 

We also have a second building down Whateley Lane which will be solely for bike storage, as we promised to help you free up your garages, car spots, lounge rooms and balconies of those projects or donor bikes!

Our pop-up was the best thing we could have done in the lead up to finding this new home as it  gave our team the opportunity to show what we are capable of, what the workshop will be like and how how it will work, whilst earning the cafe its place on the culinary map.

While this is a process many business owners go through, we had an uphill battle to convince some that our membership were not going to be a negative contribution to the area. We know our the majority of riders in Sydney are good people who simply love riding and wrenching, however we still have to prove this is true.

New terms and conditions

Members, in order to achieve this result, we had to promise to be on our best behaviour when coming and going from the workshop, hence our terms and conditions have altered slightly to reflect our management of the site. We will send through a notice of these changes shortly.


As promised, all membership will not officially start until we are up and running. We’ll give you plenty of notice in the lead up to the official first day of trade.

VIP workshop participants with Matt Machine and Paul McKinnon

We haven’t forgotten you, we will also give you a heads up well in advance on when we will hold the workshop for you to gain advice from these legends.

Look out for 

New merchandise, regular updates on our progress and some fun events we have planned in the lead up to opening.

Thank you

We’re constantly blown away by your patience and support and trust that we’ll pull this off. 


Heleana Genaus

Heleana is a force of nature. Our Editor in Chief, the founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.