I feel much better now.
No question that I lost my groove for a moment there, but there’s nothing like buying a bike to get the juices flowing again. After seeing the chopped Multistrada featured in my last post, I hit the market with renewed purpose and bumped into a low-mileage ’05 MTS S model with a bunch of cosmetic damage. A perfect donor for the project and at a bargain price to boot.
I’ll replicate the gas tank chop, powder coat the wheels gold, bolt on some Cycle Cat risers, sort out a strategy for rear sets and spoon on some sticky rubber. For paint, I’m thinking some manner of black pearl with a red undertone. I’ll likely paint the engine covers satin black. The Yoyodyne lightweight clutch in the F1 will migrate across the shop into the MTS along with a lightweight flywheel and a recently acquired STM slipper’ll make it into the F1. Rather than the Acerbis headlight unit that was used on the chopped MTS, I found a funky unit from AuStreetfighter Supermarket that borders on being a little too close to Star Wars – but, hey; it’s a modern bike ferchrissakes..
The bike’s being shipped directly to BCM so Doug Cook can build up a funky under-tail system and BCM’ll slap on a PCIII and dyno tune the bike – so I won’t likely see the damn thing in the flesh until sometime early in the new year. No biggie, though. I’ve got my hands full finishing off Patrick’s bevel – which is coming along quite nicely.
Patrick’s bevel shares much in terms of fabricated bits with the Cecchini bike, but is based on a one-off chrome moly frame built over a decade ago by Cody in Montreal, Quebec. It’s a gorgeous piece of work with stunningly fine craftsmanship evident in every weld on the bike. The rear sub-frame has been shortened 2.5” to move the seat forward and Patrick sprung for a 900SS replica aluminum tank build by TA Baker in the UK. Like the last bevel, the battery box sits on the swing arm, and the instrument pod, chain guard and license plate mount/taillight are hand-made stainless/aluminum pieces. Doug’s working up an exhaust for this one as well. It’ll make a nice bookend to Patrick’s NCR Milona.
Speaking of bevels, Australian wild-man Tony (of beveltech.org fame) sent off some pics of his latest creation and it’s by far the finest hot-rod bevel I’ve seen since, well… ever.. I’ve been watching the progress for the last year and while I was initially undecided on the conversion to modern suspension and wheels, he’s pulled it off with wonderful balance, clean engineering and some beautiful fabrication work. Feast your eyes on more pics at www.beveltech.org
Content: 1987 Ducati 750 F1, 2005 Ducati Multistrada MTS1000S, 1974 Ducati 750 Sport Bevel Twin Custom, loudbike, Steve Munro