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J.L. Mekaniikka’s ‘996 Compressore’

Posted on October 4, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 25 comments

More rubber belts than a sex shop. Here is JLMs new ‘996 Compressore’

History is a wonderful thing. But don’t believe what the scholars tell you, the most interesting parts aren’t “the lessons from the ages that we must all keep in mind as mankind progresses.” And it’s not the politics or the relationships or the romances either. No way. It’s the really cool big shit. The catapults, the pyramids, the zepplins, the battleships with a thousand guns that can throw car-sized projectiles over the horizon. It’s the rockets that have 38 million horse powers to carry a car to the moon so that the guys inside can do low-G burnouts on another world. That’s the stuff that really matters – the stuff that they will remember in a thousand years. Janne Leiman knows this. That’s why his bikes are amongst our favourites. He’s not the sort of guy that fluffs about with clever colour schemes and faux-aged finishes; he’s the sort of guy who looks at a bike and thinks “what’s the biggest, coolest, most insane mod I could possibly do? I know – how about an enormous, face-melting supercharger to give it enough giddy-up to melt diamonds on a distant planet and make all the Pharaohs simultaneously rise from their graves and give us a very dusty, skeletal ‘sign of the horns’ with both hands.” Love your work, Janne. Love. Your. Work.

“Hello again, Pipeburn. This is my latest bike. The engine is from Ducati 996, mostly stock inside. Those bikes are injected, like all 8-valve Ducs, so no separate ignition. Which was problem, because I want to use carb. Fortunately there is mounting points already machined in engine block for pick-up plate. Only other part needed to swap is flywheel from carb model, Monster this time, if I remember right. Ignitech box and Fireblade pencil coils finish this job.”

“Supercharger is Ogura TX12, mounted on intake plenum, which I made by casting three seperate pieces from aluminium, and then weld it together. Welds was grind down for smoother look. Mounting parts are machined from plate, except upper one to attach rear head, it is casting, too. Carb is DellOrto DHLA45, gas supplied for it by electric fuel pump and tank mounted regulator.”

“Rims are left-overs from our racing efforts,
and rubbers too”


“Frame I made from 50 mm diameter 6082 aluminium tube. 7020 aluminium is probably better suited, but very difficult to buy in smaller quantity. Swingarm is same material, and it mounts only back of cranckcase, like older Ducatis. Rear frame, made from 25mm tube, houses radiator. Bottom of tank and seat is shaped like tunnel, I hope this will guide airflow to radiator. Rear shock came from Paso, but its made by Öhlins. Front end is from another Ducati, Super Sport this time, and made by another fine suspension company, Showa. Rims are left-overs from our racing efforts, and rubbers too, old rain tyres. Brembo calipers and master cylinders, Braking discs and so on.”

Such a big space between those two pistons – if only there was something we could put in there to make it go faster…
“Fuel tank I hammer from soft aluminium plate, front part (black one) is air box, and it is laminated from carbon/fiberglass matt. Under that cover is also most of electrical parts, besides battery, which you can see behind head stock. I also made seat upholstery, but this job I should left for professional.”

Nice stuff, huh? Must be an amazing ride. Can’t help but ponder in our little, fume-addled minds what he’s going to do next, though. Whatever it is Janne, please promise us you’ll steer clear of rockets. And explosives. Ok?

  • Holy moley!

  • Ken

    Where's the video. You can't possibly tease us with something like this and have no video!!!

  • revdub

    OH MAN OH MAN!! I had to break out the caps for this one. Awesome on so many levels.

  • Jurp

    Yeah, I guess its cool if you like machines that leave your wife a widow, and your children orphaned. In other words Fuck'n awesome bike!! I agree with KEN, give us a video…Please!

  • Tote

    que bestia !!!

  • Fränco Metall gegossene Leidenschaft, Glut und Sehnsucht. Du bist auch nach Stunden noch nicht mit Gucken fertig!

  • Trav

    Yea.. we gotta see a clip of some healthy revs, and then a blast down the road. A fly-by and on board… I'll settle just hearing it rev!

  • Jake

    I thought I liked the look of this bike, but then I saw the exhaust. Now, I freakin' love this bike!

  • Motorshag

    Please add a Triumph Rocket 3 and make it bigger, leaner, and better!

  • @ Franco – Yeah – GUCKEN FERTIG, DUDE! (Anyone speak German?)

  • So much overkill. Can I haz ride?

  • Glenn

    Now..that is a bike!

  • peter king

    Pharrk me I want one

  • That is some crazy engineering! Really like the bike – this is who should bear the Monster name 🙂

    One little detail i might add – clip-on bar-ends, where are they? Must be some serious vibration going on without them… But i guess it's part of the character 🙂

  • Geoff

    Wow some blokes can/will do anything. It looks so neat and tidy compared to a standard Ducati without its fairing, all the ugly is hidden.

  • Jon Barletta

    W-O-W! BEATUIFUL BIKE!!! I'd love to see/hear this on youtube. How much does it weigh? Talk about a HOT SEAT!

  • Yes Andrew, Fränco said something like:

    "…Passion, cast in iron. blaze and craving. After hours you spent gawking, you're not done with it."

    And i agree with him.

  • …and so do I.

  • Royal

    Devastatingly gorgeous. I would take her out to the ball game.

  • Royal

    Devastatingly gorgeous. I would take her out to the ball game.

  • Charlie

    Is it bad of me that I noticed the background and thought 'wow, he lives in a really beautiful place' before I started thinking about the bike?

    The rake on this one looks a lot less scary than that on his previous supercharged build, the Jawa.

  • RocketRobinHood

    Fantastic bike; the asymmetrical shock and swingarm are wicked. Is that the rad under the seat? And that letter above mine is the most bizzarre spam i've seen in a while.

  • redkiwi86

    Interesting placement of the radiator… almost taking a leaf out of John Brittens book of thinking!

  • Assholewelder

    Janne, do you want to trade my mother for that thing, she does good food and cleaning, and is fairly pretty for her age…….??? No….
    Now to something completely different:
    soccer cleats online. What are you doing you cunt, this is a motocycleblog, you owe me a scroll finger, go put a soccerball up your cornhole!!!!!