PLAN B Motorcycles is a small ‘neo-cafe’ custom workshop in northern Italy, owned and operated by the talented Christian Moretti. The workshop’s name comes from Christian’s preference for starting with what he calls “old bikes only good for trash” and giving them a second life as a custom. No two are alike.

“Every project is a new trip,” he says, “and every bike is made by exploring shapes and materials, mixing technology with tradition. We build handcrafted motorcycles with a racer soul, like it was, like it should be, created around the rider like a tailor-made suit.”

The donor bike on this occasion was an unloved Benelli 354 (350cc, four cylinders) of indeterminate vintage, even if most of it would be consigned to the cutting-room floor. Its small dimensions and Italian heritage were perfect for Christian’s plans to build his most radical bike yet, inspired not by another motorcycle but by

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