Steve Jones’ Ducati Hypermotard

Hypermotard Ducati
EXCLUSIVE—If you live in L.A., you’ll probably remember Steve Jones from his Indie 103.1 radio show, Jonesy’s Jukebox. If you live elsewhere, you’ll know him best as guitarist and founding member of the Sex Pistols. These days, however, Jonesy’s big passion is motorcycles—and this trick Ducati Hypermotard is his personal ride.

It was customized by David Bingham, one of the top Ducati specialists on the west coast of the USA. According to David, “It came in looking like it’d had a few well-intentioned bolt-ons installed. But all from different sources, and with anodizing that was in various shades and states of fade. Most of what I did was cosmetic since it’s a daily driver—and the Hypermotard 1100 has enough power for that use as is.” With 90hp propelling only 177kg (390 lbs), Jonesy’s Hypermotard has enough power to terrorize the LA canyons, but now looks like Something Else.

Bingham cut the sub-frame apart and shortened it, and cleaned up any visible brackets. “I welded a mount on the rear to hold a 1098 tail light—with integrated turn signals—and to mount the license plate. The front signals are based on Ducati Performance units from a M1100 that came broken in the package. I used epoxy to glue them into the little air vents: they’re very visible when on, and invisible when off.”

Hypermotard Ducati
The seat is a hand made one-off by design house Chrome Hearts. The exhaust was created from thin-walled stainless tube, with a low-mounted 2-into-1. “Steve’s vision was a very short exhaust can. I found one through Two Brothers and made up a second mid-pipe to install it. He also has a Leo Vince in his garage and can switch to that in a few minutes.”

Bingham stripped down the forks and individually coated them with an industrial ceramic coating developed for military firearms. “The color I choose was ‘Sniper Grey’ to contrast the other black parts. Other parts done in Cermacoat were the inside covers of the Speedy Moto belt covers, the clutch pressure plate, and clutch cover.” Bingham also powdercoated the engine side covers in low gloss black, then ripped the Öhlins shock apart: he powdercoated the body in low gloss black, and the spring in gloss black. Even the wheels are powdercoated (to eliminate the red stripe), but the body panels are painted conventionally.

“There were a few other small bits that had to be made, like the dash mount and some micro relay blocks to run the signals. And the head light: it’s a Baja Designs 8” Soltek race light. These only come with one-beam type bulbs, and an offroad-only beam pattern. So I found a different 8” lens through PIAA that was for a rally light that uses an H4 bulb.“

Jones’ Ducati is now a dark and edgy custom, with usable performance and literally zero bling. The stock Hypermotard doesn’t quite do it for me, but this version certainly does.

Good to see this rocker hasn’t faded away.

[Many thanks to LA photographer Scott Nathan for the images and the tip. See more of Scott's photography on his Facebook page—after you've joined ours, of course.]

Hypermotard Ducati
Hypermotard Ducati

  • Ben

    Like: Blacked out look, utilitarian headlight, generally clean design
    Dislike: Lack of a front fender, low exhaust

  • http://basseq.com John Whittet

    I’m not a fan of the “When In Doubt, Chop Something” school of customization—IMO, both the frame and can are too short and end up with a rear end that reminds me of a pudgy dirt bike.

    Otherwise, I think the details are great. The minimalism is appealing, and I love David’s approach to integrated and/or hidden signals. Also nice touches: motocross-style handlebars with bar-end mirrors, carbon detailing, the headlight, and seat texture.

  • http://pimentrouge.artblog.fr piment

    moche !

  • scott

    nice looking bike steve, but what i really wanna know is where i can get a pair of those shoes!

  • G

    I’d love to know the details on the replacement lens that he used in the Soltek.

  • Dixon

    Very spare & tasteful job. Always thought the Hyper was kind of ugly & transformer-ish. This Chrome Hearts saddle is beautiful, and looks much comfier than the stock park bench Ducati seat. Headlight is incredible. Makes me want to build a bike around it.

    Would love to see more photos. An overhead and ass end shot would be great. You should start posting videos too. Would love to hear that exhaust. I’ll bet it’s angry.

  • w

    Chrome Hearts seat eh? How Hollywood!

  • CaptMike – Shawnee, KS

    The problem with having someone else make up a bike for you is that it’s never, well, YOURS. Sure, your name is on the title, but most of the custom-shop bikes I’ve seen stay the way they were when they were pushed out the door. The new owner hesitates to send ‘em back to get fixed, and doesn’t have the skills to fix it himself. Too short exhaust can, chopped-off seat, off-scale headlight and a distracting seat cover that just isn’t “right”. Yikes! Yet another one pulled out of the oven a little too soon…

  • Eric G

    CaptMike, You assume a lot. Specifically that there isn’t a collaboration between builder and owner. I don’t know Bingham, nor Mr. Jones. Over the years I’ve seen many incredible bikes that Jonesy has built around L.A. & just because, he himself isn’t a mechanic, doesn’t mean he isn’t art directing the project. Again, no idea how this one went down, but it takes a village…y’know?

  • KJ

    Too short, too long, too little, too much. Everyone has their opinion, which is fine, that’s why there’s a comment section. I can tell you that the builder and the owner collaborated on this project – Steve’s vision and David’s execution and both are happy with the outcome. And the best part you can’t even see in Scott’s amazing photos, the thing sounds like Hellfire!

  • http://www.dbcustomleather.com Duane Ballard

    Very nice bike. Most bikes are a collaboration from many hands. Who gives a shit if Steve built it or not. It’s his bike and I’m sure he gives credit where it’s due.

  • Cajun58

    That is as they say a nice bit of kit, As Jonsey himself might put it, “wiff dis bike I can make a ton using just the first free gears, mate”.

  • http://industrialgrrrl.com IndustrialGrrrl

    I think the bike looks great!! Then again I’m partial to streetfighters, so……. The only thing I would change is the exhaust can, I’m not diggin’ the end cap or that carbon weave of the TwoBrothers. I disagree with the write-up though in that there is plenty of bling to be found on that bike, as well as lot’s of SOUL! Maybe just a lil’ evil is all, I guess that’s why I like it!

  • Steve K

    Always thought modern Ducatis were ugly until I saw this one. I honestly think it is 99% perfect. I even like the exhaust can. Don’t love the weave of the carbon. Might be better in black metal, or a standard weave, but other than that, I am envious & would smile every time I walked up to it.

  • mack-o-matik

    reminds me a little of a bike that’s been built by 746 engineers, and each of ‘em has got a different vision. The focus is set on the seat – the biggest surface, and the head light – the most regular pattern. Two lucky engineers.
    But I guess you have to like pimped Hummer to like that one. Me not.

  • carbon-arc

    Reminds me of a Triumph SpeedTriple

  • Josh

    Chicken strips on a Ducati! Give the bike to someone who will ride it to its potential. You are a rocker, go ride an old Triumph 650.

    Nicely done details but a slight lack of over all look, but id imagine the hyper is a very hard bike to customize beyond paint and bolt-ons.

  • Disapointed

    It sure is… interesting… A China made headlight, a hacked up tail and a bodged together exhaust. Not my cup of tea, must be Mr. Jones’s though.

    Have to admit, Ive never heard of David Bingham, and having collect and had custom Ducati’s built for over 30 years on the West Coast, I would assume that if he was one of the top guys, I would have. Glad to see his work for the first time tho!

  • Kidchampion

    On my first trip to LA, just out of high school, I spotted Steve Jones hanging on Sunset with Leif Garret. Both dressed in eighties Harley garb. I still have a hard time getting over that image. I can’t judge this bike fairly.

  • Mike Swanander

    Nice bike me old son.

  • Albert W

    So posh. Athletic, but balanced. Looks like it should be in the Neiman Marcus Christmas book.

  • Jeff

    This is pretty much a bolt on and spray can customization, with a little seat cover work thrown in.

  • Cakun58

    Actually Jeff your comment is incorrect according to the article, “Bingham cut the sub-frame apart and shortened it, and cleaned up any visible brackets. [He] welded a mount on the rear to hold a 1098 tail light—with integrated turn signals—and to mount the license plate. The seat is a hand made one-off. The exhaust was created from thin-walled stainless tube, with a low-mounted 2-into-1. [He] made up a second mid-pipe to install it. Bingham stripped down the forks and individually coated them with an industrial ceramic coating developed for military firearms. Other parts done in [ceramic coating] were the inside covers of the…belt covers, the clutch pressure plate, and clutch cover. Bingham also powder coated the engine side covers in low gloss black, then ripped the Öhlins shock apart: he powder coated the body in low gloss black, and the spring in gloss black. Even the wheels are powder coated.” None of the above is simply bolted on or comes out of a spray can. If you don’t like the end result that is a valid conclusion to draw but how it got that way is of no consequence what so ever.

  • Gray Allen

    OMG didnt think a Ducati could look so dame cool,well done mate

  • CA

    I like everything except the seat. Dig the headlight….. might have to put one on my next project.

  • dr death

    awesome ride. super duke here, goin for bmw gs lights on mine. bobbed mine too. too many crotch rocket riding squids around these parts. love makin some dope on his shiny new jap 1000 look silly through the curves n lookin better doin it. nothin wrong with superbikes, all i used to ride. they just all look like clones….

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au Mugget

    Awesome! It looks mean and angry… and that headlight kinda gives it a bit of a ‘vintage’ type feel. But it still makes it look angry!

  • loek

    why no photo of the other side. ? furthermore; nice !