The nickname seems rather appropriate for such a bold custom Beemer, because “Daboia” refers to a genus of venomous vipers in scientific terms. Now, Marco’s restyled K 75 may not have sharp fangs or a cold-blooded predatory instinct, but it does look genuinely intoxicating to say the least! The project’s author found a way to work with the angular geometry which characterizes the donor, and his ingenuity paid off in spades.
Choosing to retain the motorcycle’s stock wheels, gas tank, and radiator cover, he saved the heavy lifting for the rear end. In that area, you will now find a bespoke subframe enshrouded in a pointy aluminum tail section, both fabricated from scratch by Marco. In keeping with the viper theme, the tail was cleverly shaped to resemble a snake’s head.
It comes with integrated LED taillights and turn signals that look like the serpent’s eyes, while a custom solo seat can be spotted a bit further ahead. This new saddle is enveloped in black leather upholstery and stitched together using red threads for contrast. In a very subtle way, the stitching pattern seems to further enforce the snake-like appearance Marco was going for.
Marco fitted a pair of floating aftermarket rotors measuring 320 mm (12.6 inches), mating them to some sturdy Brembo calipers for ample stopping power. The original wheels were cloaked in Metzeler Roadtec rubber fore and aft, but there are no fenders to speak of. A potent LED headlamp takes care of lighting duties at twelve o’clock, sitting on custom brackets and joined by a small aluminum wind deflector up top.
Furthermore, maestro Matteucci also went to town in the cockpit, installing a tailor-made handlebar positioned in a similar manner to clip-ons. There’s an inverse curvature in the center, offering a clear view of the Acewell dial that makes up Daboia’s instrumentation. A Brembo brake master cylinder and aftermarket grips complete the equipment in this area, accompanied by the standard BMW switchgear.
The OEM airbox was replaced with aftermarket pod filters, but what really gets our attention is the exhaust plumbing. It comprises handmade stainless-steel headers, which run a three-into-one layout toward a SC-Project muffler on the left. With all the pieces of the puzzle coming together like a charm, it was time for Matteucci Garage to apply the final touches before calling it a day.
Of course, that meant choosing an appropriate color scheme to tie everything together. A glossy dark blue finish worked its way onto the frame, wheels, and all the bodywork components except the fuel tank. The latter is the real showstopper here, though, sporting multiple layers of paint sanded away around the edges for a mesmerizing patina-like effect. Matte-red was chosen for the top coating, with yellow and black hiding underneath.
Marco painted the knee indentations black, as well, and the same treatment was carried over to the engine covers, swingarm, and triple clamps, among other items. The gold Ohlins suspension and brake rotor flanges fit the chosen color scheme perfectly, but one may also see white Daboia graphics on the tail and custom BMW roundels with the builder’s name engraved on the outer circles. This whole ordeal looks almost cartoonish, yet undeniably intriguing at the same time!