talian Custom Motorcycles – The Italian Chop – Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads
• The custom-built side of Italian motorcycles • See how iconic brands like Ducati and Moto Guzzi work as custom bikes • Aimed at Italian bike aficionados, as well as lovers of custom bikes • The first book of its kind • Stunning photography of finished projects • Owners’ stories and technical descriptions • Refreshing change from the long-established Harley Davidson custom scene
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
Not for everybody but the first time we have seen a book focused on this side of the Italian bikes
Total build cost $ 37,715 costed with Parts at HIGHLY REDUCED LABOR COST As pictured with all below listed parts installed : $29.000. Price includes the following Carbon Fiber parts: Front Fairing Inner Fairing Panel Above Gauges R& L Side Fairing R&L Lower Fairings Complete Tail Section Incl. Undertray & Passenger Seat Cover/Tail Vents/Sides Panels Hugger Front Fender Swingarm Guard Rear Chain Guard/ Rear Brake Line Guard Lower Subframe Inserts Airduct covers/Key Guard Tank Guard Quick Release Gas Cap Right & Left Case Guards Shock Guard Front Sprocket Cover Reservoir Brackets & Reservoir Caps Mirror Block-Off Plates Following parts have been Powder coated / Anodized in black: Front Forks Front & Rear Brake Caliper Clip-ons/Clutch & Brake Master Upper Triple Clamps Full Rear Suspension incl. Rearset mounting brackets right & left. Custom Black Ohlins Steering Damper Additional Updated Parts: Ohlins TTX Shock Fully Adjustable Gilles Rear Sets with Carbon Fiber Heel Plates, GP or Standard Shift setup CNC Rear Axle Nuts / Sprocket Nuts/Sprocket Hub Bazzaz Fuel Injection Unit with Custom Dyno Tuned Map Custom 2in1 Loop Free Exhaust with Akrapovic Titanium Silencer Custom Finished Aluminum Gas Tank Custom Finished S-Model Wheels Sicom Carbon/Ceramic Front & Rear Rotors Cox Racing Radiator Guards HID Kit Gilles Clutch & Brake Lever CRG Mirrors MWR Airfilter
As pictured less Carbon/Ceramic brakes : $ 2200.00 price reduction, OEM brakes will be supplied. As pictures less custom exhaust : $ 1400.00 price reduction, OEM stock exhaust ceramic coated black will be supplied.
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
We helped out on this project. If you are looking to make a statement this is your bike...
The aesthetics of the Italian Ducati Sport Classic motorcycle has always enchanted custom motorbike builders across the world. The increased number of custom Ducati’s featured on Moto Rivista just keeps growing!
What this donor bike has is an old-school style Ducati frame – giving the flat upper line which, unlike most Ducatis, allows a proper cafe seat and tank, plus it has a rear loop already in place. Combine all this with a modern, reliable Ducati Dual Spark Motor (as per the Monster and Hypermotard) and up-to-date running gear with upside down forks and relatively light spoked wheels, with a wide rear rim that can accommodate a 180 tyre. In other words, old school ideas with new (ish) school thinking.
The Ducati Apollo was a bike well before it’s time. Conceived by Berliner, the US Importer in the mid 60′s it was built by Ducati to compete with Harley Davidson for the lucrative police bike market...
For some time now I have considered the use of carbon fibre on many custom motorcycles as being rather clichéd. Ducati were one of the manufacturers who jumped on the carbon fibre band wagon a few years back by adding a multitude of bolt on carbon parts to their accessories range. Currently they have around 140 carbon accessories available on their site most of which have a dress up purpose rather than functional. Luckily UK workshop Made in Metal had grander plans than simply looking good when they started their latest carbon covered Ducati 900SS custom.
For the rest and the link to the for sale ad on eBay, click HERE
What would be the most desirable iconic naked sportbike ? Answer to that would be the Ducati Monster, the aesthetic appeal and structural efficiency is what made this bike iconic.
While most drawn to the Ducati Monster for its raw beauty and performance, many consider it a blank canvas, perfect for customization and personalization. The feature of the day a Ducati Monster 1100R belongs to Arrick Maurice brand manager of Ducati’s North American market. Arrick’s custom Ducati Monster 1100R was a non-eligible entry for the 2011 Monster Challenge.
For the rest of this story and more photos of Arrick's beautiful Monster, click HERE
Some time in the foreseeable future the advent of an apocalypse due to a zombie outbreak, nuclear war or perhaps even global warming, will cause the total breakdown of society as we know it. When this disaster happens the majority of the survivors will more than likely become desert roaming vigilantes fighting to the death for the next tank of fuel or can of dog food. Never fear though, not everyone will be out to dismember you or throw you in a cage with a giant gladiator just for laughs. There is one who stands against all that is evil and is prepared to aid those in need during the end of times and it's been made by Icon. This is Icon's custom Ducati Super Sport 900 they call "The Operator" and it's here to help stitch your arms back on and set you on your wasteland way.
-Donor bike: Ducati 900 SS IE’98 -O24 brake rotors -Rizoma conical handlebar -1098 brake and clutch pumps -RAD carbón fiber front mudguard -V Rod Type front light -SP ergal cnc machined upper yoke + handlebar risers -Aviacompositi EVO rev counter -Modified frame -Repostioned wiring -Modified original fuel tank -Lightech ergal quick open gas cap -RAD02 Corsa evo carbon fiber solo seat (modified) with led rear light -MWR air pods -Tuned engine : worked heads, high compression, lightened flywheel -WolfMan exhaust 2 in 1 system -Spark omologated megaphone
Developed by noted Ducati Supermono tuner Alistair Wager, the Strada is the Supermono Ducati never built. Wager bought much of the factory's remaining parts stock and commissioned Pierobon, who built the original frames for Ducati, to construct a further 10. Of the 3 road-going bikes he's built to date, this (the 3rd) is the most like the originals. The main changes from the 1993 racers are the use of the Testastretta head, 104mm piston, 54mm throttle body with shower type injectors & starter motor (all from the 999R). The exhaust runs on the opposite side to the original. A one piece billet steel crank and balance mechanism are fitted (the later was cast originally). Green powder coated aluminium side cases replicate the magnesium originals. NGR slipper clutch. The carbon fibre body work is of modern, lighter type. The Ohlins rear shock was built up from NOS parts. The bike produces 75hp at the rear wheel and weighs 137kg wet. Cost £40,000 plus VAT. Photographed in New Zealand, 2012. Bill Irwin collection.
It’s always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto‘s Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.
“I wanted it to look like it was found in a shed in Bologna,” says vom Brauck. “A futuristic design study for a 1981 motor show, but never displayed … the work of a designer who was a café racer fan, but could not convince the Ducati factory.”
Vom Brauck has aimed for a mix of styles, materials and parts from the last 30 years. The wheels and tires are deliberately narrow in profile, to retain a retro look. A smattering of carbon fiber provides contrast. Vom Brauck cut down the Pantah’s rear subframe and heavily modified the tank, adding oil pressure and electrical warning lights.
The exhaust was built from parts Vom Brauck had lying around, including bits from an obscure MZ 1000S. “It has a nice, aggressive sound, but not too loud. And no, the butt doesn’t get too hot!” Performance is good: the Pantah weighs just 170 kg in this trim.
And before you ask, Vom Brauck has no plans to create another Pantah, or offer the parts for sale. For him, the Ducati has been a very personal endeavor, created over three years. A shame, but at least we can enjoy the images.
It’s hard to believe that this pristine looking bike was totalled after a crash last year, as not only has it been totally rebuilt, it’s become one of the nicest Ducati Sport Classic 1000s we’ve come across – and we’ve seen a few.
The owner, Andy, is part of a group of crazy Belgians who ride in a cafe racer club called the Flying Hermans, which they started up a couple of years so. Last summer he crashed his pride and joy on a ride, and although it was a insurance write-off Andy simply couldn’t let the bike go so he decided to rebuild it, with “one or two few improvements”…
I’ve made this comparison before, but Radical Ducati is to motorcycles what Skunk Works is to aircraft. The Spanish garage has been taking stock Ducatis and turning them into two wheeled missiles for years now and as such they’ve earned a deserved reputation as the single greatest custom Ducati garage in the world....
This breath-taking Ducati stormed onto the interweb a few days ago, appearing just about everywhere all at once, and while we prefer to be as unique as we can with out build features, we just had to include this bike in our Bike Shed archive for reference and inspiration for future builds, at the very least.
Here's one nice piece of news to the fans of customized fighters. Welcome the Ninester, stripped-down 2001 Ducati Monster, with aggressive and at the same time, flowing looks.
One of the nicest things about this Ducati is the fact the bike looks very clean and this adds major on the cool factor scale. The wiring has been cleverly and skillfully hidden under the wide Ducati 999 fuel tank, so there are no loose wires and cables.
Pete Juzl, otherwise known as Cutter and posting as The Chicken Shack Ducati has been around since the start of The Bike Shed, and it’s shed builders like Pete that inspired us to make the BSMC what it is.
A closer look at the custom Ducati S4RS salt racer by Super Rat from Bellingham, WA. The bike ran in the 1000cc A-AG class. (AG is the modified gasoline class. In the rulebooks: "Unlimited design. You cannot use Superchargers and Turbochargers. Construction shall include a majority of motorcycle engine parts. However, you can use fuel injection. GASOLINE ONLY.) The major classes are M (Modified), P (Production), MPS (Modified Partial Streamlining), or A (Special Construction) class.