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North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth | Sicilian Style Custom Motorcycle Exposed

North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth | Custom Motorcycle

North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth | Sicilian Style Custom Motorcycle Exposed
North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth

Custom motorcycles using unlikely power plants are always a cause for curiosity. When done properly, they can be the source of great celebration, and that is unquestionably true in the case of the North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth.

Built by Francesco Bella in Santa Lucia del Mela on the North Coast of Sicily, his Fiat Abarth sources a 499cc twin used in an iconic Italian automobile. No relation to the 160-horsepower turbo-charged 1.4-liter, 16-valve, inline-4 motor used in a current Fiat 500 Abarth, this North Coast Custom engine is from a 1960s-era Fiat 500.

Putting out a meager 20 horses or so in stock configuration—and this engine is anything but standard—the North Coast Custom build is about appearance over performance. To be sure, Bella has done a fantastic job with his Fiat Abarth, putting the engine on full display. He has sur- rounded it with custom exhausts and tanks (oil and fuel) from the NCC shop. Quite interesting is the way Bella integrated a Rivera Primo transmission and belt drive into the package.

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Following the showpiece motor, the front suspension is quite striking. Reminiscent of a BMW Telelever design, the Fiat Abarth has adjustable rake. The brakes have a drum appearance, but have hydraulic lines entering the housing. The wheels— 19-inch front and 18-inch rear—come from Suzuki.

The simple white-and-red paint scheme is stunning, and provided by Kustom Drink Paint of Flero, Brescia, Italy, midway between Milan and Verona.

An award-winner, the North Coast Custom Fiat Abarth has been deservedly on the Freestyle class podium at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Photograph by Onno Wieringa

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Don Williams
Don Williamshttp://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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