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‘02 Ducati ST2 – DVMC Motorcycles


Posted on April 12, 2016 by Andrew in Other. 32 comments

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Back in the mid ’90s when Tool released their album Ænima I skipped school for the morning with a mate to grab a copy of the new CD from the local record store. We arrived back on high school grounds, me now rocking the latest Tool T-shirt, a ghoul like figure with a large syringe in his mouth…, needless to say it was straight to the principals office and this Tool inspired Ducati custom is set to get itself in just as much trouble! When client Joe Evers, a Tool fan himself, sat down with Australia’s DVMC Motorcycles to plan out this build he knew he wanted something completely different from any other custom floating around and starting with his bone stock 2002 Ducati ST2 gave plenty of scope to go in any direction. Known as Forty Six & 2 “named in reference to the Tool song with lyrics that talk about the evolutionary change in a species” this Ducati is like nothing that ever rolled out of the Bologna factory.

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The Ducati ST2 is the motorcycle companies version of a Grand Tourer, think Ferrari 599, a sporty mix of performance and open road usability, so it has all the fruit when it comes to performance but laden with big fairings and panniers she’s not the lightest thing going around. The design was to create a much more organic and raw feel, an almost alien like creature that wouldn’t look out-of-place in a Tool video clip but an idea in your head is one thing, bringing it to life takes a serious amount of talent and imagination. Working with the standard trellis frame the swing arm and subframe have come in for substantial modifications to suit Joe’s 6’5” build. The new subframe made in-house now houses an oil cooler, regulator rectifier and electronics and the ECU under the front section. With the fairings gone the remainder of the wiring and electronics is hidden inside the main frame giving the bike an exoskeleton appearance.

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But as much as the frame modifications catch the eye and fit the bill nothing draws your attention quite like that tank! The buck for the Carbon Fibre is made completely in-house by DVMC with fabrication by Racelines Eugene Davis, a composites specialist for the ground breaking Britten Project. The end result is from a 5-piece mould construction with carbon fibre mount, a new modified fuel pump and regulator. Not only does it look like nothing you’ve ever seen before, it reduces a significant amount of weight and exposes the front induction area to allow freer flowing air and to display more of the components contained within the skeleton. Joe sits aboard his steed on a seat that’s base and mount was handmade before being stitched with perforated leather to suit thanks to Doyles upholstery. More raw elements come in the form of the sectioned stainless fender shaped and fitted with fabricated supports to mount to the front end.

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With the front area opened up and the fairings removed the Ducati 944cc, water-cooled, 90 Degree V-twin is now on full display and an enormous amount of work has gone into making it look incredible and perform just as well. With the induction on display a beautiful set of hand-built velocity stacks with formed and fitted stainless mesh filters look incredible while their internal reducers increase bottom end power. The exhaust is no less impressive, once again endless hours of hand crafted fabrication result in tuned length pipes made from pie cut sections of stainless perfectly TIG welded before being topped off with a set of mufflers from the now retired master Dennis Foran. There is plenty of carbon to cover the belts and clutch housing while the radiator now wears a stainless front guard with the rear right side shielded by a brass piece. To give Joe some extra leg room a set of Kaneg rearsets sit on custom mounts and give sharp and precise operation of the shifter and rear brake.

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The stock Showa forks while sporty enough in their characteristics are designed to handle the substantial 233kg the Ducati weighs when stock. But with a great deal of that weight now gone and after a more fitting front, the forks and triple trees now come from a Big Bang Yamaha R1 with modified valving. These carry the enormous twin discs and g-force inducing 6 piston calipers allowing Joe to pull his ride up in fairly dramatic fashion. The heavily modified and strengthened single sided swingarm comes from a Ducati S2R 1000, one of the many Monster varients that is a smart choice given Ducati used a Monster frame for the ST2. The rear shock has been modified to suit Joe’s 6’5 and 115kg frame and you start to understand this is no show pony but a bike built to be ridden hard. The new swingarm shows off the stunning Y-spoke Marchesini rims wrapped in purposeful Pirelli MT60 super motard tyres, 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 out back.

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The switch gear is some of the few OEM parts left untouched on the bike but now sit on a pair of MX fat bars with knurled rubber grips and are held in place by a custom pair of machined risers. Despite the organic nature of the build Matt from DVMC explains “we also wanted to ensure the build looked like it had evolved, not gone back to basics, which meant incorporating not only hand-built components but also some technologically advanced and elegant components” and the Daytona instruments with warning light panel and speedo pick up units for electronic speedo from Vanem do a perfect job at that. But it doesn’t stop there with a Zenon dual filament h3’s acting as the headlight, an evil single eye, displayed within a hand-built brass housing. Keeping the electric system full of juice is the SSP Lithium battery hidden away in a custom fab’d box and ensures instant start-up every time with the first hit of the button.

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For even more of a Tool touch there is a blue LED strip under DVMC logo on the bike’s rear and Matt did the same “along the underbelly to illuminate the custom exhaust, which gives the bike a futuristic ghostly look at night, quite a sight.” Then to finish off the bike, make the most of the engine modifications and ensure everything was running just right DVMC threw the Ducati on the Dyno for tuning in collaboration with Crazy Dave at Sydney Dyno.

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With those extra ponies and a final weight an amazingly slender 173kgs, Forty Six & 2 not only has the looks to stop the traffic but also the performance to leave almost everything else for dead. But back to those Tool lyrics that set this whole project in motion, DVMC have shown they are more than just brilliant bike builders but can interrupt an entirely different artform and recreate it in motorcycle guise. “See my shadow changing, Stretching up and over me…. By stepping through my shadow, Coming out the other side. Step into the shadow. Forty six and two are just ahead of me.”

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[Photos via Kyle Ford]








  • deABREU

    this is a museum piece, not an actual motorcycle made for riding

    • Hardley T Whipsnade III

      I’d take serious issue with that comment . From all appearances this looks to me to be infinitely ridable . Long distance rides ? Probably not . But for for an evening of bar/cafe/coffee house/club hopping not to mention a run at the ton or two , or a town to town jaunt on an open road ? Most definitely ! And lets face it . That is pretty much the only ‘ riding ‘ 85% of all motorcycles purchased these days ever see . So why not do it with a bit of style !

      • deABREU

        maybe wherever you live. where I’m from, a motorcycle needs to at least run in the rain without having its carburettors instantly drowned like this one

        • Annie

          I think you’ll find that this bike is EFI. No carbs!!! ever ridden a bike with velocity stacks in the rain?

          • deABREU

            fuel injectors aren’t made for water either.
            as a matter of fact, no, only pod filters (with a reasonable mudguard on them). have you?

          • Hardley T Whipsnade III

            Ahem deAbreu ! Where I live you need to contend with snow from September to May never mind a measly splash of rain or two ! As far as the stacks are concerned . It all depends on what cannot be seen in the photos as whether or not they’re capable of handling a little bit of weather . FYI ; I’ve seen many a velocity stack both on two wheels and four perfectly set up for weather As a prime example I give you the MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car which managed in all sorts of weather just fine . Rain indeed . I wish we only contended with rain during our riding season .

            Ultimately though : we need to hear from the builder/owner as to how ridable this bike is or isn’t because all we’re doing here is speculating and guessing . Though I’ll still bet it is !

          • Roel Scheffers

            oh my… someone just pulled the “this-is-no-motorcycle-because-you-can’t-drive-it-in-the-rain”-card…. so what, I don’t drive in the rain, does it mean I don’t own motorcycles? (and by the way, velo-stacks + rain goes perfectly well, as long as you keep the throttle on and don’t look back.. just drain the bowls when you get home..)

      • “…infinitely ridable . Long distance rides ? Probably not .”

        So probably not infinitely ridable, right?

    • blackbird

      Jihad! Durka durka, Moooooohammad alla ackk-bar.

  • Hardley T Whipsnade III

    Yeah I can definitely see the ‘ Tool ‘ reference in this bike . A dose of heavy metal combined with a very strong technical and angular Robert Fripp /King Crimson ” Starless and Bible Black ” era influence all tempered and combined by a healthy dose of talent , craftsmanship , engineering and ability . For the record though [ pun intended ] methinks this is more ” 10,000 Days ” sophistication than the more ‘ in your face ‘ ” AEnima ”

    As far as the bike itself is concerned though . Much as I typically despise ‘ theme ‘ bikes for what ever reason this one appeals on multiple levels . Two thumbs up with a ‘ bullet ‘ [ again pun intended ]

  • Ur Momma

    It needs some Firestone Coker repros and pipe wrap… WTF – it couldn’t hurt.

    • pennswoodsed

      You make my head hurt.
      I was just upped by the King Crimson reference , crash to sub terrarian.

      • Ur Momma

        Good for you…

  • BobFalfa

    School in the mid 90s!!!
    That kind of said it all , not being ageist but that might be the reason for a certain lack of taste,and a love of pipewrap I note missing from this
    More than likely it won’t run or considering it is a Ducati won’t run long,prior to Factory fitted self destruct
    Being an old fart and Scottish I’ve seen decent bike built in garden sheds with little equipment
    So is it form over function? Firstly it would need some form

  • Massimiliano Porciani

    Amazing work full of tech an stylish details !!!!!!!

  • John Roberts

    I tried running a ST4s 2002 model without an airbox as part of a cafe racer project and experienced a huge hole in the mid range response. When you hit the throttle it hesitated as if gulping some air then it lunged forward – not nice especially on a Ducati. The bike only ran smoothly when the airbox had a good seal with the tank.
    No airbox is good clean look though – did the dyno work solve the problem??

    • Hardley T Whipsnade III

      You’re comparing apples to pet rocks ! You simply removed the airbox doing nothing to compensate for the loss whereas this builder added on velocity stacks which do work with Ducati’s quite well , no doubting retuning and calibrating the motor to suit the new intakes as well ,

      • John Roberts

        Not sure about that, the standard motor has velocity stacks to begin with (about 100mm before the throttle butterfly) – are you saying longer stacks and dyno work solves the issues I encountered?

  • Robert MacLeod

    You people are arguing about this bikes ability to be ridden in the rain. A bike that’s in Australia. The driest continent on Earth.

    • How about dust and drool?

  • TruthBringer

    Puke.

  • “This Ducati is like nothing that ever rolled out of the Bologna factory” -Exactly! Because the bikes that are designed by Italians have finesse, and this creature doesn’t.
    You may find it impressive, but I find it horrible, especially the tank.

  • mtnsicl

    Damn, if my dog were that ugly, I’d shave its ass and make it walk backwards!!

  • Davidabl2

    i just knew the readership would’t like it. Even before reading any of the comments..
    I like the way bikes look when they’re up on the work stand & partially disassembled.
    This bike looks that way ALL the time, stand or no stand.

  • Dare I wade into this? Yes, we knew it’d be controversial. Yes, the tank is challenging. No, it’s not a ‘pretty’ bike. But the craftsmanship, creativity and details are all world class. Just like the album. What did you think a bike drawing inspiration from an album with the tracks ‘Stinkfist’, ‘Hooker with a Penis’, and ‘Die Eier von Satan’ would sound like?

  • the watcher

    Intriguing. Deconstructionist wet-dream, everyday motorcyclist nightmare.

  • the watcher

    Christ, first that ‘orrible Aermacc and now this “half a bike is the new whole bike” abortion! They’re dropping out the fugly tree like no there’s no tomorrow. And there won’t be if things don’t step up a few notches soon!

  • Fast2Furious

    So basically anything on 2 wheels with an engine is considered a motorcycle and suitable to be featured on this website.

  • Sam

    I wonder if some of the negative comments are from people who even ride? 🙂 This thing sums up the essence of a custom bike for me. There will always be concessions to practicality to have something that stirs the soul like this bike, this hangs an engine between two wheels in a very unique way. Looks magnificent. Hyosungs go great in the rain. Maybe those that don’t “get” this can stick to those.

  • Cheesy Mogul

    Good craftsmanship that completely lost itself in pretty details. But the sum of these endless details don’t play well together and thus completely lose their visual appeal as a whole.
    Sure, it stands out as being “different”. But rather as a monstrosity that grabs attention by sheer ugliness.
    The lack of any visual concept has reduced this project into just another clobbed together design disaster. Not unlike many amateurs’ clumsy first efforts.
    Albeit this one is a total waste of excellent craftsmanship.

    Real DESIGN consists not just of good craftsmanship, it is rather its combination with the well balanced reduction of form and function to its pure essence.

    I would call this an artsy-fartsy effort to impress the easily impressible, or those with complete lack of aesthetic sense…

    • thumpthump

      what he said!

      • Gareth Roberts

        And we should listen to someone who calls himself Cheesy Mogul? “Sure (a name) that stands put as being “different”. But rather as a monstrosity that grabs attention by it’s sheet ugliness”. Devoured by your own words mate. Why don’t any of you dicks go by your real names and stand by what you say? Honestly, all these puerile nicknames are beyond nauseating.