Munich’s Diamond Atelier have produced some incredible, high-end motorcycles over the last few years. But lately they’ve decided to take a new approach, making a run of customised motorcycles all based around the same platform. This allows them to nut out the quirks and challenges of each build and offer up a motorcycle that’s cost effective but equally bloody gorgeous. The first to receive this treatment is this gorgeous Ducati Scrambler Sixty2.
The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is essentially the same moto as the fully grown 803cc Scrambler, but with different engine internals giving it a 400cc capacity. Think of it as the identical twin brother of the Scrambler – with a pack-a-day habit. As such the bike is better suited to small city runs than big mile-munching. And that’s exactly what the Munich-based client uses this bike for; his workaday commute.
Which is precisely what Tom from Diamond Atelier wanted to work around. He wanted to build a custom bike without sacrificing practicality. A ride that’s reliable and practical, but doesn’t mean you end up staring down the barrel of twenty minutes atop a stock Suzuki Bandit each morning.
So the team at Diamond Atelier took a long look at the Scambler Sixty2 to work out what had to change. The first thing to get the chop was the frame. ‘The entire chassis was reworked, including the subframe,’ Tom says, ’We replaced the stock swingarm with the 803 Scrambler’s aluminum one and had a custom Wilbers rear shock built specifically for the bike.’ Up front, Tom and the team installed new USD forks.
Underneath, the mags were thrown out and replaced with whopping 3.5” and 5.5” Kineo spoked rims, clever hoops designed to run tubeless tires – in this case a pair of Metzeler Racetec RR K3 semi-slicks, stickier than a 16-year-old’s keyboard. Not content with the traction offered by the rubber itself, the team added a Brembo PSC-16 brake pump as well as a set of braided steel hoses from ABM.
Taking a step back, Tom and the team opted to keep the standard fuel tank. ‘One thing I particularly like about the Scrambler is the shape of the gas tank and the way it flows with the lines of the bike,’ he says. ‘So we kept that and handmade a suitable rear frame for it with a kick-up tail.’ On top of that sits a cowhide leather seat that the team says can take a passenger. They must make ‘em skinny in that part of the world.
When it comes to the finer details of the Ducati, Diamond Atelier wanted to play things down a little more. ‘We didn’t want it to stand out from the crowd because of super fancy bodywork or overly flashy paint job,’ he says. So to many of the smaller touches are nicely subdued.
The headlight is stock Ducati Scrambler with a new aluminium surround while below that runs tiny prototype indicators from Kellermann. Engine wise the bike is stock, save for an airbox that has been completely removed and a one-off SC Project exhaust system.
[superquote]‘The free space behind the wheel really helped the tidy look,’ Tom says, ‘as now you can clearly see the shape of the iconic V2 engine’[/superquote]
‘With this build we want to show that you don’t need a huge budget. Sometimes a build can be as simple as this. A daily ride customized in a way that doesn’t interfere with day-to-day demands.’ And he’s right, with the Sixty2 Scrambler still able to belt around crowded inner-city streets. ‘My wish is through this build people realize that it takes a lot less than they think to have something truly bespoke in their garage. And we’re here to make that happen.’