SWM trail bike by Lorenzo Buratti

I don’t know much about SWM, the Italian company from the early 1980s, but even if I did, this customised version bares very little resemblance to their original bikes.  Designer and bike builder Lorenzo Buratti has pulled off most of the plastic parts and replaced it with a clever mix of leather, steel and rustic details.  The challenge of customising bikes is the degree you polish and restore versus keeping the charm of the original bike.  What I love about this bike is the assembly of parts that compliment the chipped paint and dented frame, resulting in a what looks like a really fun and functional bike to explore uncharted lands.

Here is the original bike…