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Ducati Sport 1000

Ducati Sport 1000
Most of the motorcycles we feature here are beyond the realms of the average rider (self included). So it’s good to occasionally drop a ‘real world’ bike into the mix—a machine that could be bought secondhand for a reasonable price, and remain a daily driver while being progressively customized. This 2006 Ducati Sport 1000 is a good example, and was built by MotoWheels in California.

Photographer Matt Walker worked on the bike, and gave us the inside line: “We used the Öhlins front forks from a Monster S4Rs, and also installed an Öhlins rear shock. BST carbon wheels were used to shave a ton of wait from the OEM steel spoke wheels. The brakes were upgraded using BrakeTech Axis rotors, and Brembo radial calipers and MotoGP master cylinders.”

Ducati Sport 1000 custom
To boost performance, a ZARD full titanium exhaust system was fitted and the stock airbox was ditched for a set of velocity stacks with K&N air filters. “This bike is amazing to ride,” reports Matt. “Ducatis always have a unique sound, but this thing is totally different. The lightweight wheels transform this bike and it handles amazingly well.” A little custom paint tops it all off, although I’d be surprised if anyone can tear their eyes away from that beautiful exhaust piping.

Ducati Sport 1000 custom