Ducati

  • Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

    Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many custom motorcycles have a short shelf life. They’re a snapshot of a moment in time, or of a particular style. And a couple of years later, they look dated. But some bikes endure, and this is one of them. I missed the Steffano-Ducati Cafe9… Read more »

  • 1967 Ducati SCD 350

    1967 Ducati SCD 350

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The launch of the new Ducati Streetfighter 848 reminded me of the extraordinary longevity of the L-twin motor layout. It’s been an intrinisc part of the Bologna mystique for over forty years now. The vintage Ducati here sits at the start of that lineage: it’s… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

    Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months I receive word of a new bike from the New Hampshire workshop of Walt Siegl. And it’s always a treat to behold—like this custom Ducati 900SS, nicknamed the ‘Riviera Ducati’. Walt’s been working night and day on it for four months now,… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati’s killer 900 SS custom

    Radical Ducati’s killer 900 SS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the Ducati 900 SS deserved more praise. It was a fast sports tourer with good handling—but it was also pigeonholed by critics as a lesser bike than the 996, and too expensive compared to the early Monsters. So it’s great to… Read more »

  • Ducati Muletto

    Ducati Muletto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto.… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster S2R

    Radical Ducati Monster S2R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a fan of the Spanish tuner Radical Ducati: their bikes are invariably well engineered and good looking. And they seem to know what to change and what to leave alone. This latest bike is nicknamed ‘Rad to Hell’, and it’s based on the Monster… Read more »

  • Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

    Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In 1981, Ducati unveiled a gorgeous racing twin based on the successful Pantah. The TT2 used a Verlicchi-designed frame with a steel cantilever swing-arm, Marzocchi 35 mm forks and 18” magnesium wheels. The machine we’ve got here is even better: a thorough upgrade built for… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 860 GTS

    Custom Ducati 860 GTS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The 860 series is one of the most maligned of all Ducatis. Styled by auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was ahead of its time and sales were poor. But it’s also one of those bikes that has aged gracefully, and 35 years later, this lightly… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

    Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is in the business of making good sportbikes great. The Spanish company produces top-drawer accessories and go-faster kits for most of the Ducati range, and the RAD 02 Corsa Evo is its latest release. The ‘02’ moniker means that it’s configured as a… Read more »

  • Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

    Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the Cagiva Elefant was the coolest Dakar motorcycle of all time. And this one, naked in white and straight off the factory floor, is off the scale. It’d look at home racing across the plains of Tatooine with an Imperial Stormtrooper standing… Read more »

  • Tony Hannagan’s Ducati 900SS racer

    Tony Hannagan’s Ducati 900SS racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In Australia, Tony Hannagan of BevelTech is the man to call if you need help with a classic Ducati. And this sleek black-and-red beauty is his latest build. ‘Vern R’ is a Ducati 900SS based racer designed for the BEARS series—meaning “British, European, American Racing… Read more »

  • Ducati 750SS

    Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If you had to make a list of the most desirable sporting motorcycles of the 1970s, the Ducati 750SS would be near the top. It was built by Ducati’s racing department to mark its victory in the 1972 Imola 200, and the accepted knowledge is… Read more »

  • Ducati 125 Grand Prix

    Ducati 125 Grand Prix

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’ve often thought that the appeal of racing motorcycles is in their sculptural qualities. And despite the charmless name, there are few things more elegant than a ‘dustbin’ fairing from the 1950s. This one is an exceptionally beautiful example, and a testament to the metalworker’s… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #3

    Motorcycle wallpaper #3

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper ,,

    Conrad Leach is one of our leading contemporary motorcycle artists, with a wonderfully spare and elegant style. It’s a look that’s won him commissions from art collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. (You might also know him from his design work on the Cro… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 Imola replica

    Ducati 750 Imola replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Perhaps the most famous racing Ducati of all time is the 750 that took Englishman Paul Smart to victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race. And with a machine as iconic as that, you’re going to get people wanting to copy it. One such man… Read more »

  • The original Ducati (350) Scrambler

    The original Ducati (350) Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    The ‘scrambler’ look is getting more and more popular by the day, with high pipes and heavily treaded tires becoming de rigeur for many custom motorcycle builders, especially in Europe. I’ve always attributed the look to vintage British bikes, but the appearance of this Ducati… Read more »

  • Ducati GT 1000 custom

    Ducati GT 1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always liked Ducati’s SportClassic GT 1000. Of all the retro bikes, it has the most contemporary performance—and also a rarity factor. (Unfortunately, it’s going to become even more rare, because the model was discontinued last year.) Okay, the air-cooled 992cc engine is a little… Read more »

  • Icon TiFighter

    Icon TiFighter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that Icon Motosports has only been around since 2002; in a few short years, they’ve created a stable of oddball, off-the-wall customs that perfectly evoke the company’s rebellious spirit. The TiFighter is the latest bike to join that stable, and it’s… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 GT

    Ducati 750 GT

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the early 70s Ducati 750 GT was a looker. That silver frame, the flat seat, the hint of metalflake in the paint and the upswept exhausts: it’s the archetype of the classic retro style so popular today. The ‘round case’ GT was… Read more »

  • Pierobon F042 hstreet

    Pierobon F042 hstreet

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Pierobon is an Italian frame-builder that has been supplying components for race bikes for over 50 years. It’s a familiar name around the MotoGP paddock and since the company is based in Bologna, it’s especially associated with Ducati. In 2006, Pierobon created the track-only F042… Read more »

  • Christian Klein’s Ducati 350

    Christian Klein’s Ducati 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Christian Klein is a skilled lathe operator and a craftsman engineer. He’s also a Ducati fan, and rides a red 900 GTS. In the cold German evenings, he drifts towards his workshop, inhabiting what he calls his ‘parallel world’. And it was in here, a… Read more »

  • Ducati Diavel

    Ducati Diavel

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    In 1964, Ducati dipped a toe into the large cruiser market with the mighty Apollo, a 1,256cc vee-four heavyweight designed to take on Harley-Davidson in the police market. The Apollo never made it into production, but 46 years later, its spiritual successor has appeared.

  • Walt Siegl Ducati custom

    Walt Siegl Ducati custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a middle ground between the reliability of a modern bike and the charisma of a classic motorcycle, it’s occupied by guys like Walt Siegl. Walt is a master craftsman who gives vintage machinery a new lease of life, and if something isn’t quite… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 9½

    Radical Ducati 9½

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Madrid-based Radical Ducati is on a roll at the moment, raiding Ducati parts bins from the past twenty years to produce a steady supply of jaw-dropping customs. This latest bike is inspired by racing Ducatis from the 1970s and the ‘monocilindrica’ 450cc. The starting point… Read more »

  • Interview: Diego Sgorbati

    Interview: Diego Sgorbati

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    For the last three years, Diego Sgorbati has been sitting in one of the hottest seats in the motorcycling industry: he oversees the global marketing of Ducati motorcycles. For this 40-year-old northern Italian native, it’s the latest step in a career that’s included stints at… Read more »

  • Steve Jones’ Ducati Hypermotard

    Steve Jones’ Ducati Hypermotard

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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… Read more »

  • Big Sid’s Vincati

    Big Sid’s Vincati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Vincati is one of those semi-mythical bikes that you occasionally hear about—and to many classic motorcycle fans, a marriage made in heaven. Quite simply, it’s a Vincent engine in a Ducati frame. “Big Sid’s Vincati” is perhaps the most famous of these hybrids, so… Read more »