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Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom

Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

The Yamaha XT500 is widely considered as the Grand-pappy of the modern dual-sport. This late 70s enduro marked the point when scramblers went from being modded street bikes to purpose-built machines. (A few Paris-Dakar wins didn’t hurt its icon status either.) These days, most XT500s are immaculately restored trailer queens, or display decades of abuse.…

Custom Yamaha FZ6 by North East Custom

Retro Modern: An Italian spin on Japanese sport bikes


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.

Bolt From The Blue: A Racy BMW R100RS From North East Custom.

Bolt From The Blue: North East Custom’s racy R100RS

Vintage BMWs lend themselves to cafe racer builds. So we’re bombarded regularly with hordes of cookie cutter Boxers. But few come close to the style and finish that North East Custom has attained here. Theirs is based on a classic R100RS—and if the stellar blue paint scheme isn’t enough to draw you in, there’s a…