Under a warm Mediterranean breeze in the late summer of 2003, the firm was ready to start production in a well-equipped 500-sqm (5,400 sq-ft) facility in Athens. They continued to innovate and expand as the years went by, but what you might not know is that DNA will occasionally experiment with the art of motorcycle customization to showcase their expertise.
Given how often we see builders installing DNA products on their machines, it only makes sense for the brand to undertake projects of its own. The entity we’re about to examine was first unveiled at the 2017 edition of EICMA, and it revolves around KTM’s wild 1190 RC8R. In stock form, the donor’s liquid-cooled 1,195cc V-twin is able to deliver 173 ponies and 91 pound-feet (123 Nm) of torque at the crank.
Without further ado, let’s see what this father-and-son duo did in order to transform KTM’s 2017 MY titan into the beastly cafe racer pictured above. For starters, the Greek aftermarket architects used CAD software to conceptualize the bike’s new styling elements, with Dino focusing on the front section and Marios tackling the rear.
Much time was spent on nailing the design, but the task that followed was even more demanding. There’s not a single piece of the RC8R’s stock bodywork in sight because the DNA experts had all of them replaced with CNC-machined aluminum garments they’ve fabricated in-house. To craft this mesmerizing outfit, Dino Nikolaidis and his son spent as many as 400 hours at the CNC milling stations.
After they’d somehow managed to sculpt the individual pieces without any errors, the whole ordeal was carefully assembled by means of a TIG welder. You’ll find a custom headlight bucket with LED internals and a new fender hovering above the front wheel, while the rear end is adorned with a caffeinated tail section, thin seat padding, and a two-piece subframe that supports the entire setup.
It boasts DNA’s very own Stage 3 air filtration technology, which is accompanied by a menacing titanium exhaust from Akrapovic at the opposite end of the combustion cycle. Additionally, there’s a grocery list of high-grade KTM PowerParts components, as well as an aftermarket quickshifter and an anti-hopping clutch mechanism.
The RC8R’s electrics are housed inside the custom-made aluminum tail hump, and they’re connected to a bespoke wiring harness. For the final touch, Dino and Marios applied a handsome color scheme that’s mostly monochromatic, save for some tasty orange accents. Lastly, the creature was nicknamed “The Brain Eraser,” perhaps hinting at its mind-blowing looks and performance.