SBK #4: Walt Siegl’s latest Ducati Superbike is his best yet

Ducati SBK custom superbike by Walt Siegl
There’s something lacking in contemporary superbike design. Aside from the odd alluring exception, most modern superbikes look sterile—even if they are lightning fast.

Walt Siegl’s made-to-order, Ducati-powered SBK series is the antidote. Each SBK combines modern performance with timeless styling, sprinkled with cherry-picked parts and a healthy dollop of unobtanium. This is the fourth one that Walt’s built, commissioned by an existing client who already owns one of his Leggero builds.

Ducati SBK custom superbike by Walt Siegl
“I built this SBK the way I would have built it for myself,” Walt tells us. “That’s exactly what the owner asked me to do: build the bike I would want to own.”

Each Walt Siegl Motorcycles SBK uses the same basic ingredients: an aircraft-grade chromoly frame, carbon fiber bodywork, and a special engine built by the Ducati specialist Bruce Meyers Performance.…

Speed Read, September 26, 2021

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This week’s bikes come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve got a Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer from Poland, a Suzuki Thunder 125 chopper from Indonesia, and a custom mini-bike from a small Hungarian village. Plus we take a look at BMW Motorrad’s fourth Pure&Crafted show.

Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer by Dixer Parts
Ducati Scrambler 800 by Dixer Parts The oddly named Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer was an attempt by Ducati to inject cafe racer styling into their Scrambler 800 platform—but it wasn’t nearly as cool as it could have been. Now the Polish workshop Dixer Parts have put their own spin on it, giving it a razor-sharp look, and upgrading its running gear in the process.

Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer by Dixer Parts
Dixer’s Scrambler actually uses Ducati’s OEM fuel tank, seat, removable tail cover and side covers, because those are the parts that actually look good.…

Singles Party: Two vintage Ducati restomods from Union

A pair of classic Ducati singles from Union Motorcycle Classics
I’ll admit, my knowledge of vintage Ducatis is rudimentary at best—so I always feel a little out of my depth when talking to Mike Watanabe. He and Luke Ransom run Union Motorcycle Classics out of a barn in Idaho, where they specialize in charming classics and restomods. And their knowledge runs deep.

Mike put that know-how to good use on his latest two projects: a pair of vintage Ducati singles with two very different vibes. The faired one is a 1971 450 Desmo, and the other is a 1965 250 single—but those designations are only loosely defined, because both were pieced together from parts of varying origins.

A pair of vintage Ducati singles from Union Motorcycle Classics
“I built both these bikes for myself,” Mike tells us. “The shop is planning an invite-only Italian Singles tour next year, and we’re hoping to get some of our old builds back in town for that event.…


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