Europe is home to dozens of ambitious workshops, many of which you’ll find on the Italian peninsula.
North East Custom co-founders Diego and Ricardo Coppiello go about their daily business in Padua, a picturesque city located near Venice, Italy. Recently, the duo incorporated a third member into their crew, so we have every reason to believe they’ll keep delivering bespoke masterpieces at a rapid pace.
As you browse the workshop’s latest undertakings, you’ll stumble upon a stunning piece of machinery clad with the unmistakable M-Power color trio. In its previous life, this bad boy was a factory-spec 2003 MY R1150R Rockster from BMW’s lineup. It is put in motion thanks to a ruthless 1,130cc boxer-twin leviathan that packs eight valves and a compression ratio of no less than 10.3:1.
At optimal rpm, the twin-cooled powerplant will be more than happy to deliver as much as 84 wild horses and 72 pound-feet (98 Nm) of unforgiving twist. The oomph is fed to a six-speed gearbox, which spins the rear wheel by means of a shaft final drive, enabling Motorrad’s warrior to run the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds as it accelerates to a top speed of 126 mph (203 kph).
The NEC team began by installing a bespoke subframe to accommodate a curvy single-seater saddle and one tidy license plate holder, along with an aluminum cafe racer-style tail section that hosts integrated LED lighting. On the other end, you will find a minute front fairing hugging a state-of-the-art LED headlight developed by JW Speaker.
Additionally, the cockpit flaunts a premium selection of aftermarket accessories, such as fresh grips, digital Motogadget instrumentation and bar-end blinkers. The cosmetic pizzazz is concluded by some carbon fiber wizardry, which comes in the form of snazzy side panels and a new front fender.
Suspension duties are handled by top-shelf componentry that hails from Ohlins’ catalog, while ample grip is supplied by a pair of Supercorsa BSB tires developed by Pirelli. The Rockster’s 1,150cc colossus was upgraded on both ends of the combustion cycle, receiving K&N air filters and a complete Virex exhaust system. Finally, a high-grade control module from Rapid Bike was added for good measure.