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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History is a wonderful thing. But don’t believe what the scholars tell you, the most interesting parts aren’t “the lessons from the ages that we must all keep in mind as mankind progresses.” And it’s not the politics or the relationships or the romances either. No way. It’s the really cool big shit. The catapults, the pyramids, the zepplins, the battleships with a thousand guns that can throw car-sized projectiles over the horizon. It’s the rockets that have 38 million horse powers to carry a car to the moon so that the guys inside can do low-G burnouts on another world. That’s the stuff that really matters – the stuff that they will remember in a thousand years. Janne Leiman knows this. That’s why his bikes are amongst our favourites. He’s not the sort of guy that fluffs about with clever colour schemes and faux-aged finishes; he’s the sort of guy who looks at a bike and thinks “what’s the biggest, coolest, most insane mod I could possibly do? I know – how about an enormous, face-melting supercharger to give it enough giddy-up to melt diamonds on a distant planet and make all the Pharaohs simultaneously rise from their graves and give us a very dusty, skeletal ‘sign of the horns’ with both hands.” Love your work, Janne. Love. Your. Work.
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The motorcycle industry needs more people like Rene Waters. Not in it for the money, but simply for the love of motorcycles. Rene runs the very impressive Ducati Meccanica, which is a website for Ducati enthusiasts. The site has one of the greatest collections of Ducati workshop and owners manuals, photographs and pretty much anything else that will help inspire you to build, buy or restore a Duc. The best thing is, he gives it all away for free, “no money is made, no ads are sold, nothing is for sale… just enjoy it” Rene says.
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Joe from Joe’s V Cycle was employed in the airline industry for most of his career as a Lead Aircraft Technician. After numerous years maintaining and rebuilding Boeing and Airbus engines, Joe now spends his time building and restoring classic motorcycles. These beautiful bikes are just a taste of his recent handy work. The stunning blue Ducati is a 1966 Monza 250 and the green Honda is a 1972 cb750. “The Ducati and the CB750 were built this winter over about a 6 month period. Both were total overhauls with both engine and frame suspension plus all the custom work and parts. All the work was done in house except for powder coating and cad plating” says Joe. It’s definitely worth checking out Joe’s custom and restoration galleries.
This beauty was found on Radical Ducati, an Italian Spanish site that has a great sense of humour and a great site that shows some detailed pics of the restoration. Judging by the pics it looks like a family affair. They describe this bike as a 1960 Ducati 49cc Sportivo. Can’t find much information about this model but it looks very similar to the Ducati 98cc Gran Sport.
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This bike is a beautiful piece of history. Not only did it offer spectacular performance, it offered a set of features rarely seen on a sport bike. The four-stroke engine was able to satisfy the needs of any biker, including those interested in racing, without special customization (sadly to some like myself). This was the result of italian design and superior craftmanship, combining the potential of the twin-cylinder engine with the unrivalled mechanics of the legendary 750 Imola. BMWcycles just sold one with only 125 miles on it. Fresh out of the crate. Their site is worth checking out for other classic bikes for sale.
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I’m taking the kids to The Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum instead. The rides look like more fun. Heres a selection of their rides…
Found this German site all about Ducati’s called Rudi’s TT site. Rudi has some beautiful bikes on there. Looks like he has been obsessed with Ducati motorbikes since he was a young boy. Heres just a selection of some that caught my eye…
I don’t know much about this bike apart from its on ebay in thailand. Its a beautiful 1968 DUCATI 350 DESMO MARK3…
The 2nd bike is also from thailand is a sweet 1966 DUCATI 250 MARK3 CAFE RACER…
Found this Australian company called Beveltech that restore classic Ducati’s. Apparently they have been in the business for over 35 years. Respect. They restored this beautiful Ducati Bevel Drive. What a sweet ride…