Joe Tessitore is the owner and main protagonist of Digital Directiv,an interesting reality of the motorcycle scene based in Portland (Oregon), in the United States of America: Digital Directiv is in fact specialized in making vintage motorcycles in step with the times thanks to modern components and technologies.
Joe has honed his skills in years of experience and his philosophy is very simple: “Vintage motorcycles, by their nature, require a lot of maintenance and mechanical knowledge. My goal is to make it even easier for ordinary people to use these pieces of history“.
Digital Directiv’s bikes feature clean lines, fine finishes and great attention to detail, but Joe’s real trademark consists of the technical part and especially what concerns electronics:“There are some specialized companies that turn to me to solve their problems with the electrical system. For me, now, it is a habitual practice“.
Speaking of notable specimens, Joe recently devoted his attentions to a model of the
Many customizers pride themselves on doing everything themselves , perhaps atthe expense of the final result. Joe does not belong to this category:for him everything must be perfect and, if he needs advice or collaboration, he does not hesitate to turn to those who are more experienced than him; that’s why he recruited
Chris from Masic Industries,for example, took care of finishing every nut and bolt on the bike, as well as polishing some aluminum elements, including engine semicarters, and painting the frame and rims, after careful brushing of all welds.
Jeff Johnson, of Illegal Designs, gave life to the exclusive aluminum codon, made in one piece and mounted using the planned bindings as standard in order to make its removal easier; Jeff also made the beautiful double terminal exhaust under the saddle starting from the implant of a
Of course, the characteristic touch that Weaver reserves for every creature of the Digital Directiv could not be missing, therefore all the light devices are made of LEDs,including direction indicators and stop light, with this one ing the characteristic of being almost invisible when it is turned off.
The start-up, then, does not take place through the classic ignition
Finally, Joe wanted to experience something never experienced before, interfaithing the electric system of the Sport Classic with the digital dashboard of a 1098! Those who understand electronics know that this is a highly complex operation, because the level of compatibility between the two models is zero.
For this reason, in addition to weaver’s expertise, it took more than 100 hours of labor to complete the work and literally agree on the various elements, control unit of the ignition and injection system included; of course, it would have been easier and faster to mount an aftermarket instrumentation,
His creature, in fact, represents a beautiful example of ” functional art “, as he calls it, whichskilfullystraddles two distinct realities: that of the custom world, which has always been synonymous with creativity, and that factory, faithful to the canons of the brand imprinted on the tank.
The Bella, therefore, takes the best from both, revealing itself as a unique bike both to be seen and to ride, tailor-made by those who have a passion really out of the ordinary.