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Ducati Monster – Rive Gauche Kustoms

Posted on June 8, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer. 24 comments

Written by Phil Guy.

Not all builds need be the equivalent of a heart transplant. Some are constrained by time, others by budget, and then there are those bikes that simply don’t need a complete overhaul to begin with. The team at Rive Gauche Kustoms faced a combination of the latter two recently when their web designer, Marco, handed them the keys to his perfectly serviceable Ducati Monster 600, and not a whole lot of cash.

The Parisian crew have a fine record of street trackers, but this time the remit called for something different, a skate-influenced, pure streeter. So, with modest mechanical work and a slew of custom touches, a motorcycle facelift if you will, they turned out this ‘street trasher’. 

But don’t go thinking this restrained build was without its challenges. “The base was not exactly the type of bike we usually like to work on,” they explained, “but it has been a pretty exciting job to do as we decided to give it the maximum personalisation.’

That personalisation was driven by Marco’s penchant for custom culture, and his love of skating. (Pure coincidence we’re sure, but our previous RGK feature also bore a skater’s influence.)

The most drastic work was done at the back end. The subframe was shortened, and all corresponding brackets and protruding plastics removed. The tail light was tucked under the seat, and brackets fabricated for the Rizoma indicators.

With all the streamlining at the rear, the seat line was left hanging in the breeze, so the boys modified the seat pan, dropping the height to match the flow. The seat lock was hidden, as was much of the wiring.

The powder coating gun, friend to many a budget builder, was run over a host of parts: swing arm, handle bars, fork brace, all the controls, rear pegs, head light surround… you get the idea.

Marco wanted a raw-looking tank, so it was chemically stripped rather than abrasively treated, which retained the factory imperfections, and then matte varnished. The fuel cap was, yes, you guessed it — black powder coated.

The board holder was fabricated from 1-inch tubing to match the Monster’s frame. It of course boasts a quick-release mechanism, to get you smartly from two wheels to four. Rounding out the skate vibe are the Ducati and RGK decals cut from grip tape.

While this bike probably won’t satisfy the hardcore build-heads, it might just draw a wistful smile from those of us who have spent an afternoon trying to nail a kick-flip.

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  • James StMartin

    one of my favorite bikes ever on this site. wonderful.

  • coldsunshine

    Specially built for REALLY hard rights.

    • You may just have hit on a genius idea. Why use sliders when you could add wheels?

  • BoxerFanatic

    Nice Duc.

    One question… with a bike like that to ride, why would one want to get off, in order to push themselves with their feet on a plank?

    • MustangWolf

      I would, if I were heading to different skatepark/spots with my Ducati. Killing two birds with one stone you know.

      • BoxerFanatic

        Maybe it is just because I never got into skateboarding, but I would leave that bit off, and just keep riding the Ducati farther, and find a curvy back road, rather than a skate park.

        • MustangWolf

          Good thing, you’d probably just hurt yourself.

  • Edshreds

    Not related to the bike, but is this all-in-one format going to be the norm for Pipeburn’s posts now? It’s great! Works on my RSS reader without having to open the browser. Also the bike is pretty rad, could do without the skateboard though…

    • Sorry, no. We were just a little slow to truncate. I see yr point, though. Interesting thought…

  • Adam Santella

    they need a surfboard holder next

  • bsa

    What’s with the tape on the headlight?

  • Mister JB

    Simple et inutile ! tout ce que j’aime…

  • I like it – to the point I want to weld some brackets on one of my bikes to carry a motorized skateboard in case of a breakdown. Side brackets are looking more practical to me.

  • arnold

    They do show the left side (sort of) on their facebook page. I guess it is what the well appointed skate boarder has to have , when he has too much money.ald

  • Davidabl2

    Ducati cynics will say that the skateboard serves the same function as the lifeboats on an ocean liner

  • Guest

    Not sure about this build. The things done besides the skateboard mount is what most Ducati Monster Owners have done to their bikes…. Just dont think this is a spread worthy
    Pseudo Build IMHO.

  • Alex Van Kuyk

    Its cool for a bike that everyone and their mother has.

  • Mikey J Przyszlak

    OMG It’s like a dream come true – I never thought it culd be done and functional. Guys can you tell me how to do the skateboard holders? I live in Poland so any kind of modding scene is shit here. Also I’m not that great on budget. I have a 2006 Monster s2r and would kill to have that kind of transportation for my skating needs

  • Erich Wacha

    certainly a unique idea and look

  • Carl Pearce

    What is the best paint stripper to use on the tank to get this effect?

  • DarthBaullz

    Any idea of what exhaust that is? I’ve got a ’00 M900S with carbon Remus cans, while they look great, they’re a bit too long for my taste, wondering where I can get a similar one but short like the one on this bike.

  • Alex

    No doubt a clean bike, but definitely more of a subtle customization than creative or ingenious build, my opinion.