custom build

The Blue Shark

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What do you do when you receive a new Ducati Panigale 1299 R? If your answer was drive it.. you're wrong AF! You strip it down, make is it a naked café racer.. one that's insanely fast. Throw some 2mm aluminum on the shit, covert from LED lighting to an old yellow retro light from the 60s, and mold a soft, rich leather saddle to keep your ass comfortable.

When you look at a sports bike you see a sleek, sporty shell around the the bike hiding off the view of the workings of the engine. People often strip them and make naked bikes, but this is a SUPERBIKE. Built for the track but baaaaaaarely street legal. To strip a $35,000 Limited number Ducati is insane. I'm not sure what's crazier.. stripping the bike, or the gorgeous contrast of brass and brushed aluminum of the engine.

Everything on this build is neat, precise, and super polished. The modern electronics of the dash remains but the dated headlight and micro wind shield quickly remind you..  CAFE RACER. Looking closely, the wires are tucked away so well, you almost wonder if the bike is just for show. I also questioned the one mirror also. I'm a man of symmetry but then I looked at the gas cap being opposite of the mirror and found the evenness, still doesn't explain one mirror though.

 

I'm not a super big fan of this The Panigale R exhaust system. It's plenty loud and has a sinister growl, but the double muffler shit in the back is ugly to me. This feature is on the production/showroom version on the bike. It ugly there too. It's a tribute to bikes past that I don't think was needed, but I'm not on the design team, so my opinion doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If I were to buy the bike.. it would be the first thing changed.  

Lastly, I'm a huge fan of the single side swing arm and the spoke wheels. That is. The combo is dope. 

Cool bike bro. 

Check out more pics and the full story of the bike HERE

Stripped down - UMC 038 Hyper Scrambler

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Upon visiting my blog anyone could pick up on my love for Ducati. Their are no storage of cool bikes if you take a scroll. This post will be no different. A few days ago I started seeing this super load, extremely stripped down bike. At first glance I could put my finger on the original base the bole was built on. I found a few detailed pictures and the signature Trellis Frame was he dead giveaway. My search for the builder went dead but then the bike emerged on Jay Leno's Garage. The builder was able to break down the process of the build, the inspiration for the color, and specs of the bike.

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By using previous model Ducati and cool Italian aftermarket parts the bike came to life, and came to life 85 pounds lighter. With the lighter weight and some tweaks to the computer system on board, power was increased by 10%. 

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The Ducati Superleggera red made the frame big the bike the focal point. The loud Red/Orange was also applied to a blocked section of the rims, allowing your eye to start and either end of the bike and flow through the design. One of my favorite features is the vertical LED headlight. Much cooler than that big ass stock bell  looking light.

 

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-blaq