The lad’s younger brother Riccardo (aka Riki) had soon followed in his footsteps, thus laying the groundwork for a thriving partnership hinged on the two siblings’ common passion. They’ve dedicated the following years to honing their skills on Vespas, with Diego handling all manner of fabrication and welding-related affairs, while Riccardo focused on the mechanical aspect.
Later on, the Coppiellos found themselves employed at a go-kart engine tuning shop named F&M Racing, which is where you could say their knowledge really escalated to new heights. Meanwhile, the one-off side projects tackled by Diego and Riki had also shifted gears, and motorcycle-oriented exploits began replacing the Vespa scooters.
We’ve already featured a couple of their two-wheeled showstoppers on autoevolution in the past, but our favorite build from North East’s entire portfolio has to be this ominous Buell Lightning XB9S (dubbed “La Corta”)! As the 2003 MY donor had been involved in an accident, the Coppiello brothers began by removing any pieces of damaged hardware they could find, including the bike’s stock headlights, subframe and fake gas tank.
Then, it was time for the custom sorcery to take off in earnest. Diego and Riccardo busied themselves with manufacturing a simple loop-style subframe from scratch, and they’ve attached it to the motorcycle’s main fuel-bearing skeleton via the standard mounting points. We notice a stunning leather saddle sitting atop the new rear-end setup, which is also equipped with integrated LED lighting at the tip.
You will now find the electrical components stashed underneath a fiberglass cover where the fake tank had once sat. They draw power from an aftermarket lithium-ion battery that’s been discretely mounted just ahead of the OEM rear wheel. At the front end, there’s a tiny fender replacing the chunky factory item, as well as a round LED headlamp fitted on custom brackets.
Its inverted Showa forks were beefed up using top-shelf internals, while the original monoshock has been replaced with a Hyperpro alternative. Both the front and rear hoops are hugged by track-ready Power Cup Evo tires from Michelin’s inventory. Since the donor’s brakes can deliver oodles of stopping power in stock form, Riki and Diego were quite happy to leave them untouched.
Last but not least, we arrive at the cockpit area, where you’ll be greeted by digital Motogadget instrumentation and the repurposed handlebar of a Honda CB400SS. This unit carries bar-end turn signals, inconspicuous switches and black rubber grips developed by Tommaselli. To round everything out, the Italians wrapped most of the bike’s garments in a sinister coat of black paint, and the only specks of color are present on the forks and saddle.