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Retro Modern: An Italian spin on Japanese sport bikes

Retro Modern: An Italian spin on Japanese sport bikes

Custom Yamaha FZ6 by North East Custom
Some would argue that versatility is the mark of true talent. By that measure, the guys from North East Custom sure are talented.

The last North East bike we featured was a classy BMW R100RS. Now brothers Diego and Riccardo Coppiello have hit back—with two very different Japanese machines from their workshop in Padua, Italy.

Honda VFR750 by North East Custom
One is a 1992 Honda VFR750 (above), reimagined as a classic racer. The other is a more recent Yamaha FZ6 (top), stripped down to the basics. They’re equally neat and eye-catching builds.

“We loved building these bikes,” says Diego, “because it was a good opportunity for us to work on two machines that would otherwise have been sold for newer ones.”

Custom Yamaha FZ6 by North East Custom
“It’s always very exciting to give new life to something people don’t want any more.”

Yamaha’s FZ6 has always been lauded for its reliability and performance.…

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