Hybrid Custom Bike. Just The Right Amount Of Wrong.

venier1venier2venier3venier4venier5Everything is very unusual about this new builder and his contraption. It’s his first custom bike project and to get started in the business he chose to mix a Ducati Pantah, a Cagiva Ala and a 1984 Azzura! For the Italian pre-disposition, he got an excuse: he is born Italian although splitting his time between New Jersey where he collaborates with Evan Favaro and his native country. For the choice for the 3 donor bikes, it’s still a mystery to me even after interviewing him…

venier6venier7venier8Stefano Venier is also partner and head designer in a company creating high end/ high tech Italian furniture. Maybe the explanation of his motorcycle building approach with no reference at all to what other builders are building. The benefit being an unusual creation that you will perhaps remember more than some pricey creations of some well known custom builders.

venier9venier10With its inevitable series of trials and errors, building a 1st bike from the ground up is quite a challenge that we all remember. Doing so it with parts from 3 different brands that were never meant to live together on the same motorcycle is usually a recipe for a custom disaster. But not in this case! Just the right amount of wrong to still make it right. The “collage” includes a modified frame from a Cagiva Ala azzura 350 cc model year 1984 (!), the tank and side panels from a Ducati Pantah (!), Clips from a Benelli 354 (!), a headlight from a Moto Guzzi Stornello (!), and other Italian exotic parts. Hand made fenders, seat pan, etc. Dunlop tires. Glossy black paint. Stefano Venier states his small cc bike is so fun to ride. I have to believe him. Your reactions? Venier Customs. (photography @ Donatello Trevisiol)

16 Responses to “Hybrid Custom Bike. Just The Right Amount Of Wrong.”

  1. 1 Terence Tory Nov 14th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    The Pantah is a good looking little L-twin motor .Why cover the rear cylinder with a bit of plastic?

  2. 2 Rob D. Nov 14th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I find the choice of using the side cover on the right side interesting as it creates a visual queue reminiscent of a Honda CT-90, while the left side embraces the Ducati 90 degree v-twin. I’m certain the overall look of the motorcycle will not be embraced by everyone, but it certainly departs from the norm and will surely generate some conversation. And judging from the pictures, the quality of the build seems top notch.

    Rob D.

  3. 3 burnout Nov 14th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Veddy Intevesting………………………………. peace

  4. 4 Woody's Nov 14th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Cool! Reminds me of a “40’s bike of the future” if that makes sense. I can picture a Raymond Loewy or Brooks Stevens team coming up with 4-5 variations of this look for a customer presentation.

  5. 5 fuji Nov 14th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Finally ! Something differant and clean.

  6. 6 J. Roberts Nov 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Great find, Cyril.

  7. 7 Terence Tory Nov 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    rob D,he’s only messed with the stock Cagiva Allazura cover.No Honda design influence.

  8. 8 Laurence Zankowski Nov 14th, 2013 at 2:02 pm


    I like the idea of the side covers / the Ferrari Testarossa design elements. Keeps the visual noise of the carbs/fins/ cables down to a minimum. It probably creates air turbulence / Venturi effect, keeping rear cylinder from excessive heat build-up during use.

    Be well


  9. 9 bartsky Nov 14th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Love this clean style of bike. Classic good looks while being a little different.

  10. 10 Jezza Nov 14th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Very clean and well put together. Nice job!

  11. 11 Wilhelm Nov 15th, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Awesome machine!

  12. 12 JackS Nov 15th, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I can definitely appreciate what he’s done here. Looks like something that would really stand out among all the daily riders on the city streets of Europe.

  13. 13 Saltwaterking Nov 16th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Once again the often wrong but never in doubt Terence Tory , since he knows what the builder was thinking while working the panel, and that he didn’t get design influences from a Honda.Rob D said it creates a visual cue,to him, not what the builder was thinking ,but the viewer.Your eagerness to be a know-it-all only proves your lack of understanding about the statement.why not try keeping your comments limited to what cyril provides and not what the rest of us choose to say.

  14. 14 Terence Tory Nov 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Saltwaterking.I love the lack of any true design analysis in many peoples comments.Testarossa,Honda CT-90,the fall of the Holy Roman Empire? The “choice” of leaving one stock sidecover bolted on is a “non choice” by my standards of logic.It’s hard to get design influences from anywhere when just deleting one plastic sidecover and cutting a section off the stock other.How can “working with the panel” occur when its stays much like another one from the same mold on the day it was made? In this day and age I wonder how a bike with some stock parts removed and a different headlight and rear fender is dignified with the term “build” or “custom”.It seems the Hipster Impressionist period is upon us all,and where is a beardy modern-day Gertrude Stein when you need em? As far as “three different brands” is concerned it’s a Verlicchi manufactured frame and a Ducati motor regardless of whoever owned the Ducati or Cagiva factories at the time in Bologna or Varese.Saltwaterking,thanks for your wisdom and I’ll remember your nuggets of nouse when I do something today.It’s time for a ride now.


  15. 15 Brutus Nov 16th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Cyril. Love your headline ‘the right amount of wrong’. Very appropriate.

  16. 16 Alan K Nov 19th, 2013 at 4:09 am

    excellent chain tensioner design!

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