another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Saturday, 18 October 2014

ducati track bike project, [aka unradical ducati, the blind stagger, the poverty bike, peaky blinder]

so, i admit it, i've spunked a fortune on the mz racer and the bmw racer project, i guess i just back the underdog everytime, i should have just bought a honda instead of trying to build and race a hopelessly underpowered machine, but i suppose i'm just an old romantic who believes that dreams really do come true and you can compete on a level playing field, can you fuck, so, beemer gone and after the fun i had on my almost standard 900ss at the classic bike trackday in august i've decided to build the 750 'poverty' bike into a track bike and to have some fun on the 'cheap'. my aim is to build an 'unradical' ducati, the spanish 'radical' company folded earlier this year, the official line was that they had achieved everything they wanted to and they were moving onto pastures new, the forums, blogs and 'tinterweb were full of stories of piss-poor quality parts and broken promises. so, my vision for this bike is mild tuning, weight loss and just general 'massaging' of parts to achieve a nice, tidy bike thats fun to ride and doesn't cost a fortune. i'm sticking with the 'poverty' standard single caliper and disc, it won't develop enough power to need a twin disc/caliper set up, i'm going to use the hideous red plastic braided lines, [don't worry, they are stainless braided underneath and just need the stupid coating stanley blading off] a sprinkling of hand made carbon bits, [out of the off-cuts i can get from a 'certain well known aerospace manufacturer'] some stainless fasteners, cheapo chinese levers and carbon cans, a bit of rattle can and powdercoating, decent tyres and careful preparation, basically everything that goes into a loveless bike. case in point, the seat unit, sourced from moto-carbon in sheffield, a couple of bits of quarter tubing machined up to make the seat mountings, still to be welded onto the frame, the seat rails abbreviated by a foot, [or 300mm for our metric fans] lot's of work to do, i mean, just look at the pigeon shit welding on the original seat mounting brackets! but, take a look at the mock up of the seat / tank combo, can you really imagine anything else looking better? 'just remind me, what is it you do?' 'i do bad things.............'