- Café Racer
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- Warsaw, Poland
- Days listed:
- 5 days
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This is our Ducati Rumble Cafe Racer manufactured especially for this year Ducati Custom Rumble contest, it won Best Official Ducati Dealer category:
A lot of hard work and dedication was put into this bike, most of parts are custom and hand made for this project only. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions, you can find us on Eastern Spirit Garage Facebook or just mail us: [email protected]
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This cafe racer, based on Ducati Scrambler 400, was created for Ducati Poland exclusively for this year edition of Scrambler Rumble. At the beginning I was not sure whether to take it or not as there was very little time for build (deadline was at the end of January 2018), but after a few days I decided to take the risk.
I got the bike 5th of December 2017 and for the first days, or even the whole week, I really wondered what to do with it. Most of builds on this Ducati model I came across was pure scramblers, but I did not want to follow an easy route and fabricate something standard - the decision was made to go for the classy and sporty cafe racer.
I started by rebuilding the whole frame - the rear subframe and the main part was changed, plus rear swingarm reconstruction. Thanks to this interference I was able to reduce the clearance by 8 cm, so the center of gravity went lower, which positively influenced the handling and stability of the whole package. Next step was to build the body, tail, tank, fender and lamp. Rear part was made from a sheet of flat metal to give the motorcycle the right shape and go well with the tank, which looks unchanged at first glance.
The tank has been rebuilt from the inside to accommodate electrical installation subassemblies in it, and from the outside it has gained custom patches for the Eastern Spirit logo.
Front fender was also hand fabricated from scratch with a sheet of metal. It was quite a challenge - I had this slick tire idea for wheels and had to change rims, standard ones didnʼt fit well (our Ducati has 18 inch wheel at the front and 17 inch at the back). Whenever I wanted to try the fender on a bike I had to imagine the whole shape because final wheel setup was not there at the time and I couldnʼt waste any day of build, so after many hours with a hammer in my hand I finally managed to create right element.
Lamp fabrication was also not easy, I decided to incorporate the original Ducati gauge (which is connected and paired with the engine ECU) into custom element. The base was a part from
some old Russian motorcycle I found the auction, visually ok. And the rest I made myself - the lamp was opened in the upper part so that the whole clock would fit, in the place of the mirror frame, I had to rebuild and match the modern glass and glare of the mirror to meet modern regulations.
The whole body has been painted with a 7-layer lacquer with really big depth, the final effect is emphasised by gold-black slits. Gearshift and brake levers are made of a stainless steel, similar to the front lamp mounting.
Ducati has very good standard brakes, the only I changed was the front disc to a bigger one and when it comes to rear I built a new brake pump based on old Brembo parts, so that it does not disturb the cleanliness of the motorcycle line.
To lower the motorcycle I changed the rear suspension mount. Front suspension was shortened and rebuilt from the inside to ensure stiffer work. To achieve that I changed internal piston hole diameters in the shock absorber, as original Ducati Scrambler suspension is very soft.
I devoted a lot of time and work to the exhaust system. During Christmas time and the beginning of 2018 I calculated exhaust manifold dimensions, bent pipes and welded. I really wanted to bring out a nice sound from this 400cc engine. The exhaust is not just an ordinary ornament that emphasises the character of a cafe racer, but is really a serious piece of sound and performance engineering - the lower is muffler is build to generate a deep bass sound, I also wanted it to separate from heat and prevent rider form leg burning. The upper one is responsible for higher sound and high rev range. The whole package has also a positive effect on performance.
Slick tires emphasises racing spirit of the this cafe racer, I also wanted to refer to the track in Misano where the competition was settled. Due to the fact that the motorcycle is modern, there is already a lot of electrical installation, I will not mention the abs system, without which there will be no speed indication, it was very difficult to hide these elements.