Too often it seems that customized motorcycles are hand crafted with no thought to doing things the simpler way. But Italy's South Garage Motor Co. took the smart route while building this stunning bare aluminum steed by creating one-off body parts designed to attach directly to the existing mounts in place of the factory bodywork of the popular BMW R nineT.
So the 'Hera' project bike is as smart as it is good-looking.
The metalwork was done by specialists at Metalbike Garage, where they used computer design software to direct a computer-controlled milling machine to carve a wooden buck that craftsmen then used to hammer the metal into shape.
South Garage fabricated the custom titanium exhaust system in house, along with upholstering a new seat and installing engine guards and an aluminum front fender.
Off-the-shelf parts include contributions from Rizoma for fluid reservoirs, control levers, head covers, turn signals and footpegs. JoNich hand-made the spoked wheels for the Metzler tires, and Grimeca created a set of brake rotors just for Hera.
Those are custom Ohlins forks and single shock absorber, which should contribute to racebike-like handling to match Hera's zoomy looks.