Top 10 Ducati Cafe Racer Builds
Whether you’re a die-hard Ducatista or not there’s something special about the Italian marque. In fact, some hold the Ducati name in such high esteem that they compare it to another premium Italian manufacturer, Ferarri. Unlike Ferrari however, Ducati doesn’t only produce eye wateringly fast (and expensive) vehicles. Their motorcycles cover a wide range of styles and purposes so no matter what function or budget you have mind there’s a Ducati that’s right for you. As far as building a Ducati cafe racer, models like the newer Ducati Scrambler or the iconic Ducati Monster are the most obvious choice. But occasionally we see older models like the legendary Ducati 900SS and even newer models from their premium Panigale range getting the cafe treatment. To honour those who have delved into the world of Ducati customisation we created this list of our Top 10 Ducati Cafe Racer Builds.
Street Tracked Trump – AMP Moto Thruxton 900
German father and son team, Michael and Allen Posenauer build bikes under the title of AMP Motorcycles. They don’t consider themselves a pro-shop though. Instead, they treat their work on motorcycles as a hobby so it won’t detract from the fun they experience doing it. When they purchased this bike, an air-cooled Triumph Thruxton, the goal was never to customise it. But, as anyone who has a penchant for customisation knows, it wasn’t long before the bike started to take on a new shape.
Kriega Max 28 Expandable Backpack
Sometimes a bit of extra storage space can make a huge difference. Motorcycle luggage experts Kriega have set out to satisfy this requirement by adding a new expandable backpack to their 2020 range. The Kriega Max 28 Expandable Backpack in its default form will accommodate 22L of gear. But with a quick adjustment, it can be expanded to hold up to 28L making it the ideal any occasion companion for all riders.
Carbon Neutral – Karsenbarg Hornet 600
Everyone knows by now that fossil-fueled transportation is inherently bad for the environment. This, of course, includes our beloved motorcycles. Despite this it’s rare we hear sustainable practices and motorcycles mentioned in the same conversation. Today we’re bucking that trend with a build by Louis Karsenbarg. Louis has just completed his Honda Hornet 600 F cafe racer during the coronavirus lockdowns in the UK. By thinking outside of the box he’s managed to reduce his bikes footprint (tyre tracks?) through the use of sustainable materials and a carbon-offset scheme.
RSD Tech Denim Collection
Despite their hooligan antics on two wheels, Roland Sands Designs have established themselves as a riding gear brand that takes both style and safety very seriously. New for 2020 the RSD Tech Denim Collection follows suit. Constructed from an abrasion-resistant denim blend and styled to be everyday wearable the collection includes 3 all-new items of riding gear. The Roland Sands Technical Denim collection was created specifically for motorcyclists. Using a blend of traditional denim and Cordura the fabric offers superior abrasion resistance to regular denim. To withstand the rigours of motorcycle riding (and crashing) additional reinforcement has then been added to high impact zones using extra-tough aramid fibres. Finished in a traditional dark indigo with classic contrasting orange stitching the Tech Denim range is just as much at home on the bike as it is at a bar with buddies. Included in the new 2020 collection is the RSD Tech Denim vest, jeans and jacket.
Minority Customs KTM RC 250 Cafe Racer
When we think of off-road motorcycles it’s often the bright orange bodywork of KTM that first comes to mind. The Austrian manufacturer earnt this reputation through 67 years of manufacturing and by winning countless enduro and motocross events. On the other hand, when we think of modern classics, KTM wouldn’t even get a look in. Each of the motorcycles in the current KTM road range is an angular, futuristic-looking naked sports bike or supermoto. Jonathan Evan, the man behind Indonesia’s Minority Custom Motorcycles, would like to have us thinking otherwise. This bike is Jonathan’s take on an alternative design approach to the KTM RC 250 that turns it into a brazen neo-retro cafe racer.
Crystal – Revival Cycles Triumph Bobber
Houston’s Revival Cycles have amassed an impressive portfolio of custom motorcycles. Each one has a unique story of how it was transformed from a stock machine to a rolling work of art, but the story of this bike, a Triumph Bobber named ‘Crystal’, is truly special. Crystal is owned by Renée Rouleau who, with her husband Florian, tasked Revival Cycles with realising their vision. Renée and Florian had travelled the world riding motorcycles together but when Florian was diagnosed with cancer Renée couldn’t imagine riding without him. Florian disagreed and insisted Renée continued their two-wheeled adventures after he was gone. Sadly Florian passed away 12 months ago and as per his instructions, Renée and Revival Cycles completed the bike to honour his wishes.
Alpinestars Oscar Robinson Gloves
Back in the 1960s and 70s Alpinestars made a huge impact on the motorcycle scene with their award-winning Oscar motocross boots. Fifty years later, after predicting an increase in demand for retro-style gear, they released the Oscar by Alpinestars range of riding gear influenced by designs from their past. Making up part of the latest Oscar by Alpinestars range these Robinson gloves are equal parts style and performance.
Kraftrad Noeda MZ ETZ 250
During the 1950s, under the leadership of racing engineer Walter Kaaden, Motorenwerke Zschopau GmbH, otherwise known as MZ, developed a breakthrough exhaust system known as an expansion chamber. Unfortunately for MZ their factory rider Ernst Degner fled East Germany and headed straight to Suzuki. One year later Ernst won Suzuki their first world title along with the honour of being the first Japanese manufacturer to hold one. As far as stories in the world of motorcycle manufacturing go, they don’t get much more scandalous than that!
Pando Moto Unisex Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets are well and truly back in fashion. Originally designed for, you guessed it, fighter pilots the style has seen a huge resurgence in recent years. If you want to add the look of a Bomber to your riding gear we’d strongly suggest considering a purpose-built motorcycle jacket like this 2020 Pando Moto Unisex motorcycle Bomber jacket.