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Ducati Sport Classic 1000 – The Flying Hermans MC

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer. 19 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

Some things I can’t bear the thought of parting with, because they might be of use at some point. At least that’s what I think every time I am in the shed and trip over my roof mounted taxi sign. Andy, of the Flying Hermans MC, thinks along the same lines, and this has culminated in this beautiful machine you see before you. This Ducati Sport Classic 1000 has risen from the ashes, having been crashed, written off and rebuilt all in the space of one year. And it is better for the whole experience.

After having an off while on a ride last year, the bike was written off by the insurance company, and Andy couldn’t bear to part with it. In order to be able to get the bike on the road again, Andy started by liberated some parts from a Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition. The frame from the LE was painted up in black, replacing the famous factory green of the model. A PS1000LE fuel tank has been fitted as well, although some modification was made due to Andy’s bike not having the steering damper or fairing mounts fitted to the LE model bikes. One cool touch is that during the process Andy has added a fuel level window to the tank, an idea which harks back to Paul Smart’s halcyon days.

Aesthetically, the bike is far removed from how it left the Ducati factory, with Andy putting a lot of thought, time and effort into the build.  Some of the time and effort was spent fashioning the ducktail at home, with the seat upholstered by Motokouture. Clipons from Speedymoto and gauge height adaptors ensure the lines of the bike stay clean from the back to the front.

A bare bones look has been chosen for the engine, quite literally. With an open clutch cover from Dpm, and transparent belt covers from Rizoma, you can see the inner workings of the desmodromic powerplant. Pointing skyward, the silencers make up the tail end of a Zard full titanium exhaust system.

The aluminium wire spoke wheels the Duc left the factory with are gone, in their place are Marchesini rims from it’s stablemate 999, and in doing so has dropped the kerb weight of the bike. Still going through the Ducati parts bin, a set of Brembo four piston calipers from a Ducati 998 help boost stopping power.

Andy’s attachment to his bike, even in it’s post crash state, has motivated him to build something far superior to the factory Ducati Sport 1000 product. 70s styling cues, wrapped around a modern day Italian thoroughbred, make for one hell of a pleasing final product. All from a bike, which a year ago was a mangled and broken wreck. Goes to show you should think twice before parting with anything, because it might just be of use, and turn out to be more valuable than you thought it would be. Still have trouble justifying my taxi sign though.

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  • itsmefool

    Funky Duc…like the pipes!

  • BoxerFanatic

    Not bad. I am a bit of a fan of 90’s Supersport CRs, and the Sport Classics that came after them.

    I might have gone with different pipes, (one muffler on each side, perhaps) and a bit more friendly height for the controls, but for a short-ride bike, or a show bike, the controls might not be an issue for being so low, but one can’t lay on the tank all the time.

    The pieces on this bike do have a dramatic effect on the visuals, no denying that.

    I have to say, my favorite part is the front fender though. Almost like a Moto Guzzi V11 front fender. That would be my go-to choice on any street-sport with USD forks.

    I have always kind of wanted a SS-CR or a SC with a Monster or MH900e style tubular single-sided arm, and some 916-style brembo 3-spoke twist wheels, even if they aren’t as light as the ones this bike wears.

    • David Cassar

      I don’t know if it’s just that I’m young and flexible, but my last bike and my current bike, which were/are daily rides (I don’t own a car) had pretty low clip ons, and I’ve never had a problem with it. I love being able to get under the air more comfortably – crouching down on the freeway gets me an extra 30km per tank! lol.

    • mplsducati

      You do know that the Sport Classic ran from 2005-2010 right? Also if you have never ridden one you should know that the controls on this bike are very easy to use being that the bike was based off of the older race bikes.

  • Novak Tomovic

    Where is the other side of the bike? It does have left side, right?

    • No. The left side is in another dimension.

      • Novak Tomovic

        I see that, that’s why I like to see all 3D 🙂 And leave to my imagination the sound, the ride, the feel in the seat, amount of butt pain it gives you etc 🙂 🙂

        • No pain, just erection only… 😉

    • Spyker May

      It is a bit like seeing Calista Flockhart topless – it is best left in the realms of the imagination…

    • XJ750E-II_Dan

      The left’s matt black & held together with old earth wire and duct tape so we’re not allowed to see it lol. But seriously, would be nice to have seen that side too. If only so I can see the fuel sight glass they mentioned…

  • Стефан ‘Dobermann’ Петров

    I think the futuristic Zard exhaust is always out of place on this classic silouette.

  • Stephen Bacon

    Bike looks great – and I love those Zard pipes. Nice that it was saved from the salvage yard.

  • revdub

    Beautiful resurrection.

  • monotronomo

    guapa guapa.. un toque clasico y muy deportivo con unos colores perfectos.felicidades

  • arnold

    I wonder why I find the a/symmetry of this well done bike a nagging issue?

  • XJ750E-II_Dan

    Think I’d have added longer forks/lower back end or something, plus different pipes, just kind of doesn’t sit right somehow. Beautifully done though & some nice touches,
    BUT would have liked to see the left side & fuel sight glass too!

  • Hamish Lamont

    Love the combination of subtlety and detail touches on this; great colours too. To a non Ducatista, this might be mistaken for a standard bike. A lot of people do Zards on PSs/SCs. Needs something different to give it the “stand out from the crowd” factor it really deserves.

  • jordan n

    Dear Lord, i want a sport classic so badly. It has been my unicorn for 4 years!

  • jan

    Anyone know the color code or name?