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Ducati 1098S – Shed X ‘Malizia’

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Scott in Racer. 14 comments

Written by Phil Guy.

The genesis for the latest to roll out of Sydney’s Shed-X came almost a year ago, when their first build, a wicked café/street hybrid dubbed ‘Bastardo’, caught the eye of a potential buyer. The buyer had a problem, though. To free up some cash for ‘Bastardo’ he needed first to sell his mint 1098S, but in a flooded market he was getting little joy. At about this juncture we can assume the term ‘trade-in’ was uttered. And thus ‘Malizia’ was born. “As soon as I test rode the 1098S,” Neil from Shed-X explains, “I knew we could do something with it to make it more enjoyable around the streets”.

To achieve that, the 1098S was stripped down and the frame de-tabbed. But how to get the stance just right? “We decided the only way we could get the seat and tank angle the way we wanted was to make our own sub frame from scratch, and make a mould for two seat styles so we could get the look we wanted,” Neil says. “We are now producing these items, so if you are not in Sydney and want to re-invent your 1098, 848 or street-fighter, we can send you the bolt on parts.”

They also fabricated the 2-into-1 exhaust, then mated it to a Radical Ducati megaphone by Spark – by all accounts, it sounds awesome. The original running gear has been kept, because, well, would you replace a barely run-in 1098S running gear? Stock suspension and brakes have also been retained. The wiring harness was adjusted to relocate the ECU, rectifier, and new 12-cell, anti-gravity Li-ion battery. Indicators are in-house fare.

‘Malizia’ (translation: malicious) pumps out about 160bhp, which is the same as the stock 1098S. She has shed about 12kg though, so Neil’s hunch that something could be done to make it more enjoyable around the streets seems about spot on.

And what will we see roll out of Shed-X next? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see what the buyer of ‘Malizia’ rides in on.

  • Adam Santella

    love those turn signals at the rear. They really took the bike in a whole new direction without doing too much to it, and the accented tubular frame is gorgeous and now visible, as it should be

  • revdub

    I’d have a very difficult time deciding between seat styles, but if I were pressed, I would probably go with the second seat pictured (with yellow). I am really starting to love trellis-framed bikes with a minimalist design. This bike is so streamline and looks powerful.

    • I would take both and switch them according to my mood 🙂
      The only thing I would change is the front brake fluid barrel. I would put a similar to the clutch barrel for the symmetry, and both of them with anodised billet caps.
      Yes I ‘m nit-picking I know, but I love Italians.

    • coldsunshine

      Compared to the run of the mill monocoque sport frame, these are more interesting.

  • To me, this really improved the look of the stock bike. Almost looks like it could be a stock Ducati “street fighter”.

  • coldsunshine

    I think an important point to make is that modern bikes with their electronics and controls and cooling and so on are going to have their own style. In other words, a more complex bike is going to look, well, more complex. With that said, the modern “cafe fighter” may have the spirit of the old cafes, but with a look all their own.

    • nathas909

      I seriously dont know how you can look at a 1098S or any modern bike and do that first grind or cut. It would be a brave man to stand back and say “Ok here we go, this aint going to be easy”

      • coldsunshine

        No doubt. I’m currently slapping around a 1987 Honda VT700c like she’s a 2 dollar…well, you get the point. When you have that much invested up front, not to mention oodles of engineering that one can very easily hose up, it takes some nerve. I think a good way to go is to buy a wrecked bike as a starter. Kids are crashing them on windy roads all the time, so there should be plenty to choose from.

  • Jed

    Yes. This is good.

  • Looks very busy and technical. I love it! The color combo works great! Toss the seat and seat angle though.

  • barney fife

    hate this type of bike ie: race bikes; no classic anything, …an ugly over powered complex bike with lotsa radiators and the requisite silly skyward pointing seat cowl: meant for the track but likely ridden on the street by someone wearing a garishly branded jacket and star trek booties LOL.
    That thing between the wheels?, I think you put the dough in one end and a pizza comes out the other after 12 minutes right?

  • Mugget

    Absolutely love that #2 seat unit!! I guess the lights could just be attached to the number plate hangar…

    It’s great that the Ducati’s are getting some good use in the custom scene, i wouldn’t have thought that you could make many different looking variations from a de-faired sportbike, but I’m surprised at all of these Ducati-based customs and just how different they all look!

  • Quetz666

    Nice bike! But those plastic fluid tanks look ugly.

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