Custom Ducati ‘Cucciolo’ from Analog Motorcycles

These days, we associate Ducati with tire-shredding 200 horsepower superbikes. But in the years after WW2, Ducati was best known for producing a tiny 98-pound motorcycle called the Cucciolo. Cucciolo is Italian for “puppy,” and the bike was named after the high-pitched bark of its tiny exhaust. By 1952, an incredible 200,000 Cucciolos had left the factory, but few survive today. And outside Europe, they’re very rare. So it’s great to see some love for the humble 49 cc single, with this immaculate restomod from Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles. The owner is Michigan man Del Thomas, who’s been Tony’s customer since 2013.

2017 Ducati SuperSport

Ducati have presented their new versatile sports bike, the Ducati SuperSport, a bike that is sporty yet appropriate for commuting and touring. The sportbike is aimed at everyday riders, it is designed for those who want a sport-inspired bike that can still provide comfort and easy handling on everyday roads. The SuperSport perfectly balances sport and comfort to guarantee excitement and riding pleasure, it features a twin-cylinder testastretta 11° engine that delivers 113hp, and comes with the Ducati Safety Pack, which features ABS and traction control. If you need something a bit sportier, Ducati also offers the SuperSport S.

“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.

Tudor and Ducati: Fastrider Chrono

First created in 2011, the Fastrider collection represents a partnership between Tudor and Ducati. In 2013, Tudor launched the Fastrider Black Shield which is a matte black ceramic chronograph that was designed in conjunction with a customized version of the Ducati Diavel. For 2015, Tudor has created the Fasterider Chrono which has the same dimensions, design and movement as the Black Shield, but instead of all black ceramic, the case is crafted of 316L steel with a ceramic bezel. The Fastrider Chrono was designed to coordinate with the look of various Scrambler motorcycles (originally produced in the 1960s) that were recently resurrected by Ducati. Accordingly, there are three dial variations that match the bikes: bright yellow, olive green and red. The Fastrider Chrono case measures 42 mm in diameter, the steel Fastrider Chrono is slightly heavier than the ceramic Black Shield. Apart from the polished and skeletonized, ruthenium treated hour, minute and chronograph second hands – and the facetted, polished applied hour indices – everything on the chronograph has a matte or brushed finish. The dial, is available in matte finished bright yellow (Ducati’s iconic color), olive green or Ducati red. The black flange features black minute graduations and black luminous hour dots. The hour markers are black and have been applied, including a black Tudor logo at 12 o’clock. The Tudor Fastrider Chrono comes with your choice of black leather or black rubber, with a folding clasp and safety catch. The retail price is $4,100.

1997 Ducati 900SS SP J63 by Revival Cycles

This custom build of a 1997 Ducati 900SS SP J63 was done by Revival Cycles, an impressive workshop based in Austin, Texas. The resulting motorcycle is lightweight and linear with no-bulk steel chassis. Vintage in style, the design is finished with intricate spoked wheels and a deep shade of red leather for the seat and grips. “Someone once really loved this little SP and we have a plan to return it to a glory it never quite achieved. All completed by Team Revival, under the roof of our very own shop.” Take a look!

Ducati 900SS Custom Bike by Atom Bomb

Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles transformed 1996 Ducati 900SS into a serious streetfighter. “I guess this project was about building the right home for a fantastic engine, and (as usual) doing something I’ve never done before by building a proper sport bike,” says Clay. Now known as “Eleven,” this bike features a 999 frame built from scratch, newly fabricated aluminum bodywork, and much more. Since the 900SS was a personal project, the budget was limited- forcing Clay to mix and match suspension components. So there’s Showa forks from a late-model Suzuki GSX-R, Brembo monobloc radial brake calipers (also from a GSX-R) matched to floating Brembo rotors, a set of Keihin FCR carbs, a new tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas, a powder coated Ducati performance fender, and an Aprilia RSV front wheel, with a Ducati 999 rear wheel, swingarm and shock out back.