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AWARD GRINNING – Ducati 796 X Drive-in Workshop

Posted on May 2, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

The agony and the ecstasy; that’s the roller coaster ride you learn to live with when you enter some of the world’s most prestigious motorcycle shows. But from his base in Russia’s beautiful cultural capital of St. Petersburg, Leonid Skakunov, has found a way to balance the triumphs with the adversities. And out of heart break, fuelled by determination, he took a bone stock 2011 Ducati 796 and crafted a show winning machine. It rolled into his Drive-in Workshop as a Monster and left as the God before you, Prometheus.

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DUCATI DREAMING – 1965 Ducati Sebring 350

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Over recent decades Ducati has sat near the top of the Superbike pack, with the new Panigale V4R now the absolute benchmark and undefeated in WSBK competition. But when the company introduced the Sebring 350 in 1965 it was the biggest bike in their line up and often raced against multi cylinder machines with twice the capacity. So to pay tribute to the little bike that could, Stephen Brisken has taken a beat up ’65 and beautifully transformed it into a machine that is a perfect mix of cafe and racer.

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DOUBLE ESPRESSO – Ducati Monster S2R

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Keith Treder

When it comes to motorcycles, it turns out that if you ask for ‘just what the doctor ordered’ then the answer is a tricked out Ducati. To discover this, we didn’t just turn to any old medicine man, but Dr Chris Stout who was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They’re serious credentials and he’s a busy man, so to build his perfect weekend weapon to deliver that two-wheeled therapy he assembled a talented crew. Together they’ve brewed up a potent café racer from the unique Ducati Monster S2R: they call it the ‘Double Espresso’!

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QUICK SILVER. Stephen Brisken’s Ducati 900 SS Cafe

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

How many 21-year-olds do you know with an amazing bike collection? The answer is probably zero. That’s because getting older seems to be a distinct benefit in the bike scene. In retirement many of us find ourselves in a position where those dream bikes we’ve always wanted are finally within reach….

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SMARTY PANTAH. XTR Pepo’s Stunning Ducati Monster 821 Racer

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

In only a short few years Spain’s XTR Pepo have produced the best racer-inspired customs in the world. Every time one of their builds smashes into our inbox we drop what we’re doing, drop our trousers and get ready for some serious Italian eye candy. This time was no exception…

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THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE V. Speedy Siegl Racing’s Ducati 900SS Racer

Posted on January 19, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

For a brief but magical time in music history the Seattle Sound dominated the airwaves and shaped a generation. Now another of the cities institutions has crumbled and gone, the equally mystical and murky Alaskan Way Viaduct. But now a new creative force is flourishing in the North West…

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RED SHIFT. Walt Siegl’s Brutal ‘WSM SBK’ Custom Ducati Superbike

Posted on November 22, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

While factory sportsbikes and the Superbike World Championships aren’t our usual fair, there’s one thing we’ve learnt. When a customiser like New Hampshire’s Walt Siegl drops a build designed to slug it out with the formula’s best and brightest, you sit up and pay attention…

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ICING ON THE CAKE. George Baker’s Ducati 900SS Cafe Racer

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

George Baker has an enormous, professional workshop at his disposal. Described by many in the scene as the ‘deathstar of custom motorcycles’, his premises also takes in a 200 seat cafe, a small theatre, a bar and a huge apparel store. Alright, that’s a lie…

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STING LIKE A V. NCT Motorcycle’s Angry ‘Predator’ Ducati 750SS

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

We’re often told that creativity takes time. But when you’re a custom workshop without celebrity levels of cash the job just has to get done. Seemingly with endless brilliant ideas running through their veins, Austria’s NCT Motorcycles has been turning out one hit after another…

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ESPRESSO EXPRESS. Emporio Elaborazioni’s ‘Crono’ Ducati Darmah Cafe

Posted on September 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

They’re one of the leading motorcycle builders in Italy, restoring classic bikes to their former glory and creating some of the best customs in the land. Yet for all the success that Rome’s Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche has had, can you believe they’ve never built a Ducati? Not until now…

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