This awesome build by Kurt Friedrich from Seattle, Washington – is the 2nd place winner of the 2011 Ducati Monster Challenge, in the Amateur Class. As stated in a previous post – for 2011, Ducati North America brought back the Monster Challenge as the acclaimed customization competition that gave professional and amateur builders the opportunity to share their projects with the world. The contest had two phases, first the builders bikes were voted on by the Ducati Online Community, after-which the two finalists won an exclusive Ducati MotoGP experience at the Indianapolis MotoGP where their bikes were displayed and they competed for the grand prize. Kurt’s Monster 1100S placed 2nd in the amateur class after the online voting ended. Ducati North America ran their second edition of the Monster Challenge starting in early May, with all internet voting over on July 31st. The top 2 amateur and top 2 professional entries each won a trip for 2 to the Indy MotoGP.
Kurt’s main goal was to make what he deemed necessary as changes that improve the track performance of the Monster and maybe improve the looks but under no circumstance at the cost of performance. He set off to reduce weight by doing an Evotech tail chop and adding a box-full of carbon fiber parts. Besides the carbon fiber exhaust guards, belt covers, and front fender that came stock, Kurt added the carbon fiber Termignoni slip-ons, oil cooler fairing, rear-hugger, tank separator, rear licence plate holder, headlight top and front fairing. This being a bike that sees a fair amount of track time, Kurt went on to install a set of Motovation frame sliders and Monster 1100 Corse skins that replaced the stock white skins. He opted for Woodcraft bars with adjustable Pazzo black shorty levers and CRG bar end mirrors – not present at the time of the photo shoot.
The Termignoni slip-ons were one of the units that best matched the upgraded Ducati Performace ECU, and he just couldn’t say no to that amazing sound they create. He also chose the Ducati Performance air filter unit to help the bike breathe better with the upgraded ECU and Termignoni slip-ons. Kurt opted for an Ergal open cluch cover and speedymoto stainless steel clutch springs and gold keepers. The rearsets were sourced from a S4R, modifed to remove the unsightly rear passenger pegs and Kurt replaced the front pegs with Oberon units. Probably one of the last mods that was done to this build was to remove the reflects and the stickers. Overall this is a pretty cool build. Make sure to check out the gallery for the rest of the amazing photos.
List of Modifications:
- Motovation frame sliders
- Ergal open clutch cover
- Speedymoto stainless steel clutch springs and gold keepers
- Termi slip-ons,
- Ducati Performance air filter
- Ducati Performance ECU
- Evotech tail chop
- Rear sets from a Monster S4R with no unsightly passenger pegs
- Gold Oberon pegs
- CRG Hindsight Bar End Mirrors
- Carbon fiber oil cooler fairing,
- Carbon fiber rear hugger
- Carbon fiber tank separator
- Carbon fiber license plate holder
- Carbon fiber headlight top
- Carbon fiber front fairing
- Pazzo black shorty levers with gold adjusters
- Woodcraft bars
- Removed stickers + reflectors