The first thing to sort out is the suspension. OEM is a budget affair and far too soft to spirited riding. K Tech in the UK supplied a set of fork internals plus the rather splendid Bullit rear suspension unit. Not only is this cartridge set up much tider than a spring but it also performs rather brilliantly.

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On the CNC machine a new set of triple trees was machined, together with a new set of headlight brackets and a speedo holder that brought the instruments into the centre of field of view. The ingnition key was dispatched and replaced with a discrete switch under the frame. Gearing was also modified to suit the urban confines of HCMC by dropping one tooth on the front sprocket.

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To create a more retro aesthetic the fully enclosed plastic belt covers were stripped off and replaced with a set of minimalistic SpeedyMoto covers. This was paired with a Ducabike window clutch cover to create a field of ‘rotating motion’ on the right hand side of the bike. And while we were there the OEM exhaust was junked and a custom shorty can fabricated to allow the Ducati V-Twin to sing more freely.

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The subframe was also dispatched to the spare parts pile and a custom version measured up to hold the café racer seat. A separate box was placed under the seat to hold the battery and house some of the other electronics in need of a home. The integrated LED strip in the tail allowed for the removal of the indicators out back and the MotoGadget bar end indicators did the same job up front. 

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The rest of the build was a mix of stripping things down – like the side panels on the petrol tank – or adding some gold detailing with the gas cap, ASV levers and Ducabike front sprocket cover.

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With a performance map installed and proper tyres in the form of XXXXXXthe Project Scrambler Café Racer is as capable on the track as it is around town. The perfect café racer.