I'm sure many Ducati fans will be looking at this motorcycle with a confused look on their face. In true Cafe Racer style this custom isn't made using just one bike, in fact this Ducati is an amalgamation of components from almost every decade of the Italian manufacturers history. Ducati restoration specialists DesmoPro built "Cafe 31" for Season 3 of Velocity's Cafe Racer TV and it's easily one of my favourites from the show to date.
Cafe 31 is powered by a 904cc mid 70's Desmo Supersport motor with period correct, NCR performance valves, cams and pistons. Mikuni 39mm flat side carbs feed fuel to each cylinder and a custom DesmoPro stainless 2 into 1 exhaust let's you know that there's a big angry Italian approaching.
DesmoPro owners Rich Lambrechts and Vicki Smith wanted the Ducati to handle as well as any modern Superbike so special attention was paid to the 1975 860GT frame. Extensive work was done to reduce overall weight and improve geometry including reducing the rake from 31 to 25 degrees and the fabrication of a custom aluminium subframe....
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