• DesmoPro – Ducati Cafe 31

    by  • April 21, 2012 • 900SS, Cafe Racer, Desmo, Motorcycle, SS • 1 Comment

    Every once in a while we get to marvel at the creativity, ingenuity and dedication some motorcycle builders put into their builds. This build known as Cafe 31 or C31, comes from the creative Ducati restoration specialists Rich Lambrechts and Vicki Smith of DesmoPro, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cafe 31 was built for Cafe Racer TV, season 3, as a tribute to Cook Neilson, Phil Schilling, Reno Carrachi and Giorgio Nepoti, all Ducati racing legends and personal friends of Rich Lambrechts. This motorcycle was built with components from almost every era Ducati and according to Rich – the goal was to create a bike that appears seamless and whole while using these components, not something out of proportion or tacked together.
    The frame for this build was sourced from a 1975 860GT, and then it was extensively modified to reduce the weight and to improved its geometry in order to produce the handling of a modern-day Superbike. The rake angle was reduced from 31 degrees to 25 degrees and a custom mono shock swingarm was built, (emulating the TT2/TT1/f1) with an eccentric pivot point which allows wheelbase alterations from 140cm to 160cm as well as adjustments for pro-squat or anti-squat. The Ohlins front suspension components, FG353 gas forks from a Desmosedici D16RR, and rear adjustable mono shock Ohlins gold series make this bike handle like a dream.
    Rich commissioned Gilles Tooling to fabricate the custom modular triple clamps in order to offer an adjustable offset and also to clamp the fork tubes via collets which provide an even 360 degree clamping force on the tubes as opposed to pinch bolts. The 904 cc motor was sourced from a mid 70′s bevel drive Desmo SS that was upgraded with vintage NCR special pistons, valves, cam shafts and Mikuni 39mm flatside carbs. The forged wheels and wider tires further enhance the handling and the modern-day feel of the bike. Shift-tech carbon fiber fenders and trim reduce the weight even more on this build, making us only imagine what is like to operate this machine.
    List of Modifications::
    • Frame: Ducati 860GT extensively modified
    • Subrame: Desmopro custom aluminum
    • Engine: Ducati 904cc bevel drive desmo
    • Carburetion : Mikuni Pro Series 39mm Flat Slides
    • Rear Swing Arm: Desmopro custom mono shock
    • Rear Wheel (Size): 4.5 x 17″ forged alloy rim
    • Front Wheel (Size): 3.50 x 17″ forged alloy rim
    • Steering Stabilizer: Ohlins
    • Rear Shock: Ohlins
    • Triple Clamp: Gilles Tooling custom FO One
    • Front Forks: Ohlins FG353P gas
    • Clip-Ons: Ducati Desmosedici clamps with custom carbon fiber tubes
    • Seat: handcrafted suede
    • Tank: Fiberglass (handcrafted) with Ducati 888 Corse Carbon filler cap
    • Rear Sets: Ducati 1098R
    • Radiator: N/A
    • Fenders and other trim: Shift-Tech carbon fiber
    • Tires (Sizes): Front 120/70-ZR17 , Rear 160/60-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
    • Exhaust: Desmopro handcrafted stainless steel 2 into 1
    • Brakes: Brembo radial mount front calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder and Gilles Tooling Factor X levers
    • Paint: Custom by Desmopro Gold metalflake over black base

    Via: Ducati.net
    Photos: Vicki Smith and Cafe Racer TV


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