This here is the S1 MMC – a bespoke Buell S1 from Ride Different Kustom &Design. The outfit is relatively new in the aftermarket customization scene, yet the builds they come up with have impressed enthusiasts. Their latest work appears to have even earned an accolade at the AMD European motorcycle championships.

It’s easy to see why the S1 MMC won “Best in Show” as the garage goes for an avant-garde visuals. This takes a sporty donor bike and turns it into a moto like no other. True to the shop’s name, father and son mechanical mavens, Michel and Jimmy Messina understand what it takes to stand out.

According to the team, the original plan was to fabricate a tubular aluminum Voxan frame and mount a 101-horsepower 1,203 cc V-Twin from a Buell S1 Lightning. The mill features 39 mm Keihin FCR carburetors. Meanwhile, the two-into-one underslung exhaust comes with an SC-Project carbon fiber muffler.

To allow two entirely different components to play nicely takes motorcycle know-how and some ingenuity. The S1 MMC makes the magic happen and throws in even more extras. The café racer aesthetic includes a custom tank with curves to accommodate the rider’s natural leg contour.  

Its upturned tail section holds a custom SR1 saddle and looks ergonomic enough for long rides. A single-sided swing-arm flaunts a striking monoshock placement. The front holds an upside-down fork armed with a twin-disc Brembo brake unit sourced from a Ducati 1198. There’s also an angular headlight assembly. Finally, the S1 MMC sits on a pair of black Marchesini rim shod in racing slicks.

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