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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.