This Ducati Monster S4R build – aka Bastardo – comes to us via Minsk, Belarus from Yuri Shif Custom shop. Yuri Shif Custom is a well-known bike building shop, for their rather eccentric and out of this world builds. They’ve been crafting beautiful custom motorcycles out of their Shif Custom workshop since way back in 2006. Although the majority of the custom motorcycles they piece together are Choppers, this Ducati Monster S4R has sure got my attention. Some of you may be familiar with their customs from the Russian and European magazines and events. They’ve won numerous awards for their builds in Russia and throughout Europe, from “Best in Show” to “Best Engineering” to “Best Metric” and many more. You can honestly say that Yuri Shif Custom has placed Minsk on the map of custom builders in a very short time and with loads of uniquely amazing builds. Now Belarus is also known for beautiful custom builds not just beautiful supermodels.
After a short Q&A with Anastasia aka Stiusha – the PR Director and beloved muse of Yuri Shif – I learned that with the exception of the frame, engine, suspension and wheels, the accessories adorning this bike were custom-built in-house by Shif Custom. According to Anastasia the build took about 12 months to complete and many man hours. The trellis frame, the swing arm, rear spring and triple clamps were powder coated red and they stand out just enough to bring your attention to the rest of the build. The motor cases were painted white to keep in theme with the white powder coated wheels and front fork. Yuri opted for an STM Evoluzione EVR slipper clutch unit, he then had his team CAD design and CNC fabricate the billet clutch cover and timing belt covers to keep in tone with the mechanical-naked look of the build. The team at Shif Custom was also responsible for the 2-into-1 exhaust system that finishes with a carefully placed muffler just below the swing arm.
At the front, the controls have been extremely de-cluttered and minimalized. The custom-made handle bars have been powder coated white and the controls have been reduced to two buttons on each side of the bars. The choke has been relocated to the left side of the bike, just below the tank. The instruments received a touch of red paint around the bezel of the speedometer and RPM clocks. Shif Custom designed and fabricated one-off billet bar-end mirrors, grips and fluids containers, this being the only choice for this build. The monster headlight is beautifully wrapped in an aluminum hand-shaped fairing that brings even more attention to the detail of this build. The front and rear mud guards are also Shif Custom made from aluminum. The Shif Custom aluminum tank fits very well with the overall theme of the bike and so does the one of a kind Shif Custom split seat. The tank received an aluminum gas cap and center wrap that also has the role of keeping the tank on the frame.
The one-off split seat has been dressed in black and white leather with red piping. Just by glancing at the details on the stitching you can tell the attention to detail was a key component in this build. The rear subframe was also built in-house by Shif Custom. The rear sets are billet Shif Custom rather simple units that do the job very well. Overall this is a very clean build with great attention to small details. It is definitely a head turner. Check out the gallery for the rest of the beautiful pictures taken by Eugene Bobrikov – photographer for MOTO magazine, Russia’s no.1 motorcycle magazine.
List of Modifications:
- Ducati Monster S4R
- STM Evoluzione EVR slipper clutch
- Shif Custom clutch cover
- Shif Custom timing belt covers
- Shif Custom 2-into-1 exhaust system and muffler
- Shif Custom front fairing
- Shif Custom handle bars
- Shif Custom billet grips
- Shif Custom billet bar-end mirrors
- Shif Custom billet fluid containers
- Shif Custom aluminum gas tank
- Shif Custom rear subframe
- Shif Custom seat
- Shif Custom rear-sets