One of the strangest stories from World War II is that of the Flying Tigers—the nickname for three fighter squadrons of US volunteers that flew for the Chinese Air Force. They’re best known today for the shark face nose art that decorated their planes, and that’s the inspiration for this Ducati custom. ‘Bite’ is the latest work from London artist Death Spray Custom, and it’s apparently a Ducati ‘1026’. There are no mechanical details available, so I’m wondering if the engine is a 996 that’s been upgraded with Fast By Ferracci’s 1026 Stroker Kit. The paint effect is clearly amazing though—and guaranteed to give drivers palpitations if approaching fast in the rear view mirror. [Images © Neil Bridge.]
Update: if you’re in London, you can see this bike in DSC’s Division Lines exhibition at the Exposure Gallery on Little Portland Street. Open daily until 29 April 2010.