Here is another beautiful Ducati SportClassic custom by Shed X. According to Neil their client Russell a.k.a. Rusty dropped in his totally stock SC after seeing their first build “ Bastardo”. Rusty wanted his Sport Classic to lose some weight but asked that it visually remain a sport classic, the tank, headlight and rear tail profile had to stay thus making the sub frame was a grinder free zone. Neil and Jim tried two after market sport classic tails but were not happy with either so after a bit of cutting and shunting they laid up their own version (which they now sell), it’s a lot slimmer than stock and hugs the standard sub frame. To finish of the seat they made a suede covered seat base.
The somewhat oddly placed standard battery box and 5kg battery were removed and an earthX Li ion battery was re-positioned under the seat. The sub frame was then de tabbed of any visual clutter so the rear end looks a lot cleaner. They set about fabricating a 2 into 1 custom header and muffler. Rusty’s brief was that the muffler was not to rise above the swing arm curve and he did not want an off the shelf item. This build was not to be a bolt on special, in fact you have to look closely to pick up on many of the changes. To help this SportClassic breath better, the air box was pulled out and replaced with filter pods.
The stock under whelming factory front end was swapped out with a set of Ducati 999 forks and triples along with Ducati 999 wheels to get rid of the rather chubby spoked standard offerings. This bike was to be used mainly on city roads and occasional weekend runs so a track set up was not necessary. Front braking was taken care of via Ducati Multistrada 1100s discs and brembo goldline calipers front and rear. A new speedo / tacho housing was fabricated in-house to give the clocks a more retro flat look similar to that of the 70’s SS’s. The original housing sits very upright and spoils the long lines of a trimmed down sport classic.
The stock headlight was retained. Initially Neil was not very fond of this but in the end he believes it was the correct call, as it is in proportion with the rest of the bike. A pair of Ducati 1098 bars was fitted which brought the riding position they were looking for. The bodywork was shot in a deep metallic grey with off white panelling and gold striping.
The stock tank can be a tricky one to do in anything but full color and stripes, we think this paint scheme hits the brief given to us which was to “keep the classic in sport classic”
The end result is a ride that retains the look of the original Ducati SportClassic minus the excessive weight. It breathes better and the suspension and braking upgrades along with the overall reduction in weight make it a pleasure to ride in or out-of-town. Check out the gallery for all the pictures and the list of upgrades that went into this SportClassic custom build.
Ducati SportClassic list of parts:
- ShedX 2 into 1 exhaust system
- ShedX sportclassic tail unit
- ShedX suede seat pad
- ShedX indicators
- ShedX speedo/tacho housing
- Ducati 999 wheels
- Ducati 999 tripple trees
- Ducati 1098 clip-ons
- Ducati Multistrada 1100s front disks
- Brembo goldline front and rear calipers
- Earth X Li-ion battery
- Battery box removed and battery relocated
- Sub-frame de-tabbed and de-cluttered
- CNC billet fuel cap
- Airbox removed and pods fitted
- Pirelli Rosso Corsa Tires
- Various spacers and brackets made by ShedX
Via: Shed X
Photos: Chris Cook