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‘Darth Mostro’ Ducati M1100 – K-Speed Customs


Posted on July 28, 2016 by Andrew in Other. 40 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

The motorcycle industry is booming in Thailand with all the major Japanese manufacturers having a large presence and the Europeans have followed in recent years. With the world’s largest markets on its doorstep Thailand is the perfect place to build and assemble many of the models on offer in the global marketplace. But with this boom attention has also be turned to the local custom bike scene and in the spotlight is the country’s biggest player, K-Speed Customs, with 12 locations across the country. Overseen by head honcho Eak they come with a penchant for the dark side and most of his bikes are finished in Matte Black with a sinister appeal. So it’s no surprise that when he combined forces with one of his shop owners to come up with a new build the end result is this murdered out Ducati Monster M1100 known as “Darth Mostro”.

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The name is derived from the Sith Lords of the Star Wars franchise and the Italian word for monster and when your aim is to roll with a pack of blacked out beasts and turn to the dark side with Emperor Eak it doesn’t get much more fitting than that. “The owner of “Darth Mostro” is Mr. Montree Pornkiattichai or “M”, he is owner of K-Speed Ladkrabang one of our 12 branches around Thailand, his shop is located in the eastern suburbs of Bangkok,” explains Eak. Having been inspired by the work of Eak that has become so popular it’s been featured in global men’s magazine Maxim, M wanted to take on his first full custom build. This particular Monster he’s owned and ridden for three years but being a major cog in the wheel at K-Speed he couldn’t keep it stock any longer. A Ducati is a hell of a bike to cut up, they’re not cheap in Thailand and they hold their value well but when the force is strong the angle grinder gets spinning.

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The first step was to remove the stock seat and tail section and cut straight through the pristine Italian steel. Always riding alone M had no concern about making the Monster a solo and the way the new design exposes the rear wheel helps to create a completely new look. With the subframe capped and cleaned up a new seat needed to be designed that would mate up to the unusual shape of the Monster tank and yet still work with the overall visual theme. K-Speed have nailed it with a neo cafe racer design, using small rear hump, frame hugging lines and finished in quality black leather. With the eye now drawn closer to the centre of the bike the look is accentuated with a custom-made belly pan that has all the right angles to create a mean look compared to the more typical smoothed out Ducati. It’s a theme K-Speed use to give a lot of their bikes a feeling of mass centralisation, often helping small engined machines look tougher than they are; on the already bruisingly badass Monster it’s brilliant in its brutality.

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For M the decision to leave the stock tank in place was an easy one, not much if anything else fits, the complexity of the frame is a hindrance and the in-tank fuel injection accessories make it even more difficult. So to give a subtle custom touch the factory tank coverings have the usually shielded openings removed to allow more of the engine and airbox to be on display. To finish out the look there was no way that Ducati’s smooth and stylish single headlight could stay, so a little Mad Max was brought to the party “I mixed up two styles and blended to this bike, I don’t want to use round headlight so I try to use asymmetrical style and play with LED lights and cover with a metal grille.” It gives the Monster a sinister front-on appearance, that rolling amongst the 50cc commuter bikes of the Bangkok streets must make it look like M just escaped a post-apocalyptic battle of epic proportions.

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When the M1100 came to market one of the selling points was that it was a big capacity Ducati without the weight of the other litre plus bikes. Now that M had stripped even more off the factory 168kg machine there was no point stopping until only the essentials remained. A small front fender was made that replaces the stock item that is not exactly huge to begin with. More factory metal work was then stripped away with the passenger pegs and their oversized supports removed and as they also form the support of the rider’s pegs these have then been replaced with new units and blacked out heel guards. A new grill was added for the oil cooler before all the custom body work and many of the accessories were coated in the K-Speed signature Matte Black, no Rosso Corsa here! To finish off the look the tank was then given new decals in the vintage styling of the ’70s Ducati logo applied in the famous gold of the 900ss.

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The Monster might now be lightweight but what really gets it ready to rumble is the exceptional 1078cc L-Twin with Superbike derived vacuum die-cast crankcases for another 3kg in weight saving. The air-cooled lump utilises Ducati’s tried and true 2 valve desmodromic heads but got an all new Siemens ECU to provide for wickedly sharp throttle response. To pull some extra ponies from the strictly air/oil cooled machine M added a full IXIL exhaust system, but where most finish out at the tail, this stumpy machine now uses less of the pipework to position the unique muffler under the rider’s right footpeg. If you’re not enjoying the snap, crackle and pop of the Desmo engine then for the M1100 Ducati brought back a full dry clutch with hydraulic application for that race bike sound and feel that always brings a unique look at the traffic lights; although I’m sure the clutch is the last thing on their mind when “Darth Mostro” pulls alongside.

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When it comes to suspension and brakes the M1100 is a seriously impressive piece of kit, but K-Speed sell a huge range of custom parts and M wasn’t going to settle for anything but the very best. The fully adjustable 43mm front forks from Showa remain in place but steering is now done thanks to a racey set of clip-ons that do away with the stock bars and risers. But its what’s at the bottom of the now blacked out Showa’s that makes a mark, the 4 piston calipers are gone and in their place is the enormous stopping power of M4 Brembo monoblocks grabbing 320mm twin discs. With such a light bike and big brakes on board rear wheel control needs to be tuneable and nothing does a better job at that than a fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock with remote reservoir replacing the stock unit. The beautiful lightweight Y spoked alloy wheels remain as standard but the trusty K-Speed supply of Matte Black gives them an all new look and wrapped in Pirelli MT60 RS Corsa’s, “It gives this bike a look like a beast from hell.”

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Having spent a small fortune on an already expensive bike and loving to ride it hard even in the crowded streets, M made the very wise decision of fitting up R&G crash protection at both ends of the bike and a middle frame slider as well. The new bars feature underhung mirrors that do their job while blending in to the black background and a CNC clutch slave now takes pride of place. Everything else on the bars has been changed out for black items including the adjustable levers and even the fluid reservoirs are now a dark tint. All that was left to do was add the rear number plate and saddle up and ride. For M “I like everything about this bike, because it’s made from my determination and there’s only one.” On its own “Darth Mostro” is an intimidating machine but riding shot-gun with a bunch of other sinister K-Speed creations you have to feel a little sorry for any motorist who sees them with a quick glimpse in the mirror. It’s not that they want to cause old ladies to have a heart attack; it’s just for K-Speed “Black is in our DNA”.

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[K-Speed: Web – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by OverRide]








  • John in Pollock

    I like the “beast” bike aspect of it… this one sort of reminds me of a bison, or buffalo…. but I am disappointed to see pipewrap making a comeback however,,,

    • Ion66

      Being an Italian bike that would be “Ay! …Bison!”…….(If you say it with an overly thick Italian accent, it makes more sense……

    • But it has the required clip-ons in concert with aggressive dual sport tires and no tail section aspects covered. I keep thinkin’ I’ve seen 412 bikes in this same style already. But I could be wrong. Can’t tell if there’s a man-bun under the helmet.

      • I don’t see any aggressive dual sport tyres – just the Pirelli MT60. You know – that tyre that Ducati spec on the Scrambler, because its road manners are so damn good.

  • Jim Roberts

    ” Dearth Style O “

  • Craig Allan

    I don’t quite think “Pipeburn” is grasping what it’s subscribers/viewers want to see. Look at what gets the most comments,then look at what doesn’t.

    Cafe racers and dirt tracker-looking bikes all start to look the same. When I subscribed, I thought I was going to see real,’home-made’ choppers,bobbers and such,not street racer after street racer after street racer.And they are all Ducati or Moto Guzzi.

    • Steven Seagal

      its the bmw airheads and scramblers that I’m tired of seeing

    • Jim Roberts

      think of the discussions we could have if everyone that submitted a bike also included a picture of their significant other…and we all get to comment on both.
      a chopper guy submits the requisite pics and some poor unsuspecting visitor offers up what he considers to be a “chopper genre” compliment when he says
      “man that’s a fly ghetto cruiser”…but didn’t go the extra mile and make it absolutely clear that he was talking about the bike. lol

    • “Bringing you the world’s best café racers, trackers, scramblers and custom motorcycles.” That’s what it says on the box. Not really sure where you’ve got the idea that we post ‘home-made choppers’ from. And with only 3 of our last 40 posts being Ducati builds, that’s also a fairly confusing comment.

      Did I miss something?

  • Wrhinrichsen

    Hey guys interesting bike. In this case I think the pipe wrap
    MAY be used to protect the body work.
    In other words there is purpose for it rather than just
    For
    Show

    • If it wasn’t the most repetitive, over-used, add-on, fluff trend, that would almost be believable.

  • Davidabl2

    Posted by Andrew in Café Racer
    I Like it too, Andrew. But why in God’s name do you want to call it a ‘café” and not a “streetfighter?’ is the name just too passé? Or maybe b/c it needs to be painted flat black instead of semi-gloss?

    • brownroundtown

      There goes Andrew again and his laissez-faire attitude. The effrontery of the man! I for one will not be taking an interest in any more motorcycles until this nomenclature debacle is sorted out.

    • Agreed. At first I tagged it ‘Other’, then I thought better of it and called it a cafe. Unfortunately, the way tagging works on Pipeburn means we can’t add random new tags whenever we feel like it. Long story…

      Chang back to ‘other’ now.

      • guvnor67

        Or Cafe-Fighter? Either way, menacing looking machine!

        • Check out their other builds – they are def. lovers of streetfighters…

          • guvnor67

            I will, cheers!

      • It would almost be better to not even have a label or flowery story with the bikes. Maybe just a weight and power output. We would just look at the pictures and take them for what they are. Sorta like you were looking at them in the flesh at a show or at Do-nut World Saturday morning. Then count hits or likes (thumbs up). Seems a lot of styles have run their course, but they are living on forever. I guess I’m just really getting impatient waiting for something new and exciting…the next trend, and hoping there’s some logic to it.

        • Instead of getting impatient waiting for something new and exciting, why not build it? C’mon man, you’re one of the top builders on the scene. You should be setting trends, not complaining about them!

  • the watcher

    I should’ve loved this; matt black, air-cooled Duke, street-fighterish. But I don’t. From one angle it looks like it’s been ridden into the back of a lorry, from another it looks sawn-off but carelessly. Close, but no cigar.

  • Dezzy

    I too am very disappointed at the bikes we’re being shown. Not at the quality, but at the monotonous similarity. These are great bikes, but the samy-ness of them isnt meeting my needs. I fear there has become (dare I say it) a mainstream of custom bikes. And thats what I hear many Pipeburn fans saying. There must be bikes being built that we’re not seeing because bike fanboyz like myself are not getting a particular need(s) met. How about budget builds. Smaller engine capacity builds. A greater variety of customs. Where are the bobbers? The choppers? More SE Asia “small” customs? Types of customs nobody has done before? There. Thats my two cents….

    • Remember that the search process is essentially a treasure hunt. It’s not like we’re turning down all these amazing bobbers or choppers; we’re simply out there looking. No matter what the genre, be it budget, bobber, chopper or whatever – if it’s good we post it. If it’s not, we don’t. It’s that simple.

      Besides, saying we should be looking for ‘customs nobody has done before’ is kind of crazy. That’d be like walking into a restaurant and asking them to create an amazing new food that nobody has ever seen before… or saying to a band ‘why don’t you invent a completely new genre of music?’ That’s once in a generation stuff, not every night stuff…

      • But over time (now), people start getting sick of Big Macs. How about a few race bikes from every competition discipline? Tons of work, dollars and ingenuity goes into those (they are customs as well), and it may give the French bread seat, pipewrap, Firestone guys something to help set their bar higher.

    • Dave Coetzee

      https://youtu.be/EtXbsNAVdLA
      I guess my ’81 GSX250 meets the “budget” and “smaller capacity” requirements, but fails in the “good” category ’cause I don’t have more than $1K to spend on it!

      • pennswoodsed

        $1k per wheel.

    • Craig Allan

      Well said.

  • Dezzy

    If I never ever-bloody-never saw another streetfighter on Pipeburn, I think I’d be ok. Really. I would find a way to live with it. Heh.

    • One guy says ‘all these bike are the same!’ The other says ‘this is the first time I’ve ever seen this kind of bike on here and I don’t like it!’ Damned if you do, damned if you don’t…

      • Davidabl2

        …makes you feel like Hillary ;=)

        • Hillary: “Trust me! We are showing you the bikes you need to see.”

          • Davidabl2

            So does this bike release it’s tax returns..or is it always being “audited?” Worst case, least we know that it’s a Ducati and not a Ural-in-disguise “manchurian candidate.” (apologies to all for the political content0

      • And then I realise THAT IT’S THE SAME GUY. FFS!

        • Davidabl2

          Same guy, different day or same guy,different meds?

          • pennswoodsed

            Just more meds.

  • Andy Rappold

    Not easy to go around with that thing in Thailand because most riders are restrikted to 250cc. I think its a bit overdone and the guys build a show case. But each to their own.

  • the watcher

    Anyone else notice that unless you comment a.s.a.p. you provoke no response or start no discussion, but if you wait and consider for a couple of days your opinion seems to reach a more balanced level. After 48 extra hours I like this bike a lot more than I did 2 days ago but barely anyone will still be reading/commenting (not that this is particularly provocative but…). What about a 24hour “disqus” hiatus? Old HTW always got in first so it may hold other advantages.

  • BobFalfa

    It’s not for me, and rather than rattle on about Streetfighters,
    I’ll pass