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‘88 Ducati 750 Sport – JvB Moto

Posted on May 19th, by Andrew in Racer, Uncategorized. 26 comments

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Perfection. It’s a glittering prize that many of us endlessly strive for but few rarely achieve. For all the polished-to-perfection show winners you see around the traps, there’s a million builds that are quit on or just left to rot. But what if, instead of throwing in the towel on the build itself, you gave up on the idea of that ‘perfect’ bike? What if you took more of a racing approach and simply considered the bike as something that was constantly evolving? A new part here, a modification there. And all with the aim of making something that was just straight up badass and damn fast. Because that’s just what Jens and the boys at JvB have done. And if this is what happens when you kick perfection to the kerb, we’re not so sure it’s such a big loss after all.

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Ducati Sport Classic by ShedX

Posted on November 23rd, by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Ian Lee.

In the custom motorcycle world, there is a tendency towards ‘feast or famine’ when it comes to trends. Modern Triumphs, classic Beemer airheads, and now the rise of the Ducati Sport Classic. Today’s feature bike is another take on this model, with the brief being that “the owner wanted the chubb taken off, but wanted it to visually remain a Sport Classic”. And ShedX were just the workshop for the job. Keeping the lines given to it in Bologna, this ultra clean ride has been built to give the owner more of a sporting chance, without turning the bike into a track day special. Utilising the Ducati parts bin, as well as their own product, Neil from ShedX has produced a beautiful bike that is much more ‘feast’ than ‘famine’.


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2006 Ducati Sport Classic by Corse Motorcycles

Posted on November 13th, by Scott in Café Racer. 20 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

What’s better than a Ducati Sport Classic 1000? A Ducati Sport Classic built by an ex World Super Bike/Moto GP mechanic. It doesn’t get much better than that. This machine has an amazing mix of aesthetics and power that just whispers seductively in your ear: ‘look at me’. Over 10 years experience on the European racing scene, including some time at the Ducati factory, has culminated in today’s feature bike: Corse Motorcycles‘ rework of the 2006 Ducati Sport Classic.


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Ducati S2R 800 – ‘Duc Soup’

Posted on September 12th, by Andrew in Bobber, Rat. 3 comments

What’s the opposite of a motorcycle? Have a think about it. Bikes are small, nimble, rebellious, noisy, spiritual and exciting. Now think of something monolithically large, very conservative, whisper quiet, painfully intellectual and about as exciting as a book by Martin Heidegger. That’s right, i’m talking about Universities. Naturally, you’d think that the two would have absolutely nothing in common. But you’d be wrong. The bike you see before you exists because of a university. Namely, Madrid’s Instituto Católico de Artes e Industrias, which accepted a request from one of its students to build a bike for a final year project. That student was Manuel Ayllón, and the bike is probably the most amazing Ducati you’ll see all year.


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Ducati Monster SR2 800 Café

Posted on September 2nd, by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

They call them ‘parts bin specials.’ They’re the bikes that have been thrown together from all the leftovers that the other bike builders didn’t need. That old second tank. The spare rear shock. Your mate’s unused set of rims. The very thought of something built this way conjures mental pictures of a franken-bike; something that looks more like the result of a welder gone postal in a bike wreckers than anything that been done with any forethought or planning. But here’s a bike that goes a long way to prove that assumption wrong. So far, in fact, that the results look more like something you hope Ducati would build rather than something they’d run from in fright. Meet engineer John Grainge and his Monster SR2 Café Racer.


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Ducati Pantah ‘Ducafé’ – Medaza Cycles

Posted on August 7th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

Hot on the heels of their recent AMD-winning Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone comes another killer bike from County Cork’s Medaza Cycles. This time, Medaza front man Don Cronin has shifted his welding goggle gaze away from the metal of Mandello del Lario and towards the more southerly Italian town of Bologna and their Ducati Motor Holdings S.p.A. The result is this Pantah that has definitely had all traces of the plastic fantastic 80s removed from it and duly replaced with more cool than should legally be allowed for a single motorbike. We Ducafé - do you Ducafé too?


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Ducati Monster M900 – Earle Motors

Posted on June 29th, by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Like it or not, but I have a theory that goes kind of like this – anyone who rides a motorbike has a fair amount of kid in them. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling anyone immature here; it’s not about that at all. What I’m getting at is that fact that there’s a certain wide-eyed enthusiasm that motorcyclists have that says that they still have some degree of that beautiful, open-minded and untarnished approach to living that is usually leached out of adults as they swallow the bitter pill of ‘responsibility’ and slowly fade to grey. For me, I’ll always be part kid. Which probably explains why this bike rocks every bone in my body. To me it’s look takes the best of Battlestar Galactica, Evel Kenievel, and Megaforce all rolls it into one big 1970s TV show wet dream. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my pyjamas playing with my wind-up Kenievel Stunt Cycle on the living room floor.


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Ducati Monster – Rive Gauche Kustoms

Posted on June 8th, by Andrew in Café Racer. No 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’.


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Ducati Sport Classic 1000 – The Flying Hermans MC

Posted on March 24th, by Scott in Café Racer. No 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.


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BCR Ducati ‘Monster Tracker’

Posted on December 19th, by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Cops and donuts. Politicians and corruption. Musicians and drugs. Benjie Flipprboi and café racers. Some things are just synonymous with each other. So when Benjie from Benjie’s Café Racers (BCR) sent us his latest project, we presumed it would be another top class cafe racer from his garage in New Jersey. To our surprise, it wasn’t a café racer at all, it was this Ducati he has named the ‘Monster Tracker’. The bike was used by Benjie as a commuter for about a year until he got bored of its stock looks. “The bike started off as a 07 Ducati Monster S2R 800 with a little over 8K miles on it.” says Benjie. “First we were going to make it into a café racer, but we wanted to do something different for a change. We decided to take the bike apart, and turn it into a tracker/urban scrambler with a little steam punk flare.”


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