This Ducati Monster S4 with 996 heart was built by James Heron. James is a West Hampstead, UK – Ducati aficionado. This is his 3rd Ducati. His first Ducati was a tricked out S2R, which he married off, only to purchase a 996 Superbike. For his 3d Ducati he wanted the riding position, handling and nakedness of the Monster but with the venom of the 996 Superbike. This is how his Ducati Monster S4 996 was born. His belief:
The Ducati Monster should be a case of less is more and I wanted to build a mean looking bike that was loud as hell.
He began stripping the Ducati Monster S4 in a rented garage with no lights or power. The engine was prepped and sprayed in his spared bathroom (something that my “boss lady” would never agree to). However he did say he would never attempt to paint an engine in his bathroom ever again. The paint used on the engine was VHT Enamel which is good for up to 288 degrees celsius.
The powder coating was done by Armourtex and the tank was sprayed by Sudden Impact. The stripe down the middle of the tank is the same color as the tank. The idea was to use a high gloss on the tank so the eyes are naturally drawn to it, everything else has less gloss and the wheels are almost a matt black. This gives this Ducati Monster S4 996 the depth and contrast which make it stand out.
The clip on’s below the top yoke, involved chopping the headlight bracket down by about an inch to create room for the clip on’s, and then the fun of adjusting brake and clutch cables came into play. The trick for this build was to source quality parts that presented good value for money, the majority were bought on e-bay and thus avoiding the typically expensive UK Ducati suppliers.Besides the paint on the gas tank one of the other most obvious additions is the underslung open pipe, inspired by Motocreations Boom Tubes this was fabricated by Nick Gale Customs, near Ace Café.
Nick Gale has a world class reputation as a bike builder and his usual focus is the ‘wrong’ kind of twin – Hogs!
- Nick Gale Customs – underslung exhaust
- BS-Motoparts Fuel Cap
- M-Factory Adjustable Clip On Handle Bar
- K&N Breather
- Ducati Clutch Cover, Plate and Springs
- Advan Shorty Levers
- DucaBike Frame Plugs
- CNC Fork Adjusters
- Gekko Racing Rear Sets
- Intergrated Tail Light
- Rizoma Fluid Reservoirs
Photos: Morgan King