"Le Caffage": Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

Gustavo Pena of Apogee Motoworks builds extraordinary Ducatis that look like nothing else on earth. This is his latest creation, “Le Caffage” – a 2009-spec Ducati 848. Gustavo set out to design a bike that looks futuristic, but has elements of neo-classic style too. “As if Ducati produced a bike in 2050 paying homage to a bike from 2030,” he says. The design elements are very deliberate, dominated by an oversized gas tank with vintage café proportions. Gustavo has also modified the trellis frame to edge it closer to traditional lines, flowing into an minimalist but comfortable saddle. The twin exhausts – handcrafted in stainless steel – mirror the voluptuous curves of the upper bodywork. But the most attention-grabbing aspect is the headlight, an aggressively lidded design that also houses the speedo and adds an air of menace to the machine. The 848 engine has been heavily upgraded with NCR parts, including titanium valves, a slipper clutch, and a full set of titanium bolts and fasteners. The pistons are from Ferracci and the titanium connecting rods are from Pankl. South of the radiator is more carbon fiber, this time a belly pan that shrouds the oil cooler and lower part of the engine. Many other parts have been powder coated and then treated to a ceramic coating on top—including the entire trellis frame, the swingarm, rear sets and the forged Marchesini racing wheels. Both wheels are shrouded with custom carbon huggers. And the name “Le Caffage”? It’s a neologism, a made-up word alluding to the café style, and came out of a conversation between Gustavo and a French friend.

 

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

'Le Caffage': Ducati 848 by Apogee Motorworks

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