There’s nothing more depressing than checking the damage to your bike after dropping it—or worse, after a crash. But for mildly damaged bikes, it’s a cloud that often has a silver lining.
When this 2002 Buell XB9S arrived in North East Custom’s Padua, Italy workshop, it was a mess. The rear frame was warped, the tank was smashed, and the lights were snapped to pieces.
For two years, the Buell had been sitting in its owner’s garage, before he made the decision to salvage it with a custom job. And then he made an even better decision: he called brothers Diego and Riccardo Coppiello.
“The concept was to amplify what we like about the Buell,” says Diego. “The idea of having the fuel inside the chassis is fascinating, as well the oil in the swingarm.…