Custom building is often about what is not done. Any amateur can cover a bike in random bolt on parts but then it lacks cohesion. The true art of design comes from pursuing visual and functional balance.
This project came through the door as a standard Ducati Scrambler Icon in bumble bee yellow. After long discussions with the owner we agreed to a vintage vibe that was reminscent of the Brough Superior era of the early 20th century.
The focus feature of the build was to be full custom leather work. This had to be in the context of a restrained level of customization elsewhere. Nothing shiny, nothing too obvious. The leather was given an antique treatment and matt finished from the hand grips across to the seat and bag combo.
We stripped the bike down to the frame and powder coated the engine, wheels, extremities of the bodywork. The tank was repainted in a conservative matt grey as a nod to the between war bikes and anything superflouos was stripped off, including the OEM indicators which were predictably hideous and the stock mirrors.
To address the functional performance the OEM rear suspension was junked in preference for the K Tech bullit system which gives a far superior ride over Saigon’s urban surfaces. A Zard exhaust was added for aesthetics, the pipes wrapped for a period look and a smaller front sprocket installed for low speed smoothness around town and the engine was mapped for this new configuation.
Detailing is everything. A flat bar from Rizoma helped to subdue the silhouette of the build and Motogadget indicators and a round bar end mirror completed the changes around the controls. The sprocket cover was cut back to reveal the loveliness of the ThreeD chain and the Ducati logo was repainted in the colours of the Tricolour to respect the nationality of the owner. The timing belt covers were completely stripped off to add a further vintage-looking element. A repainted Rizoma headlight cowling added a final flourish up front.