Ducati Cafe Racer

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has been producing motorcycles since 1926. Recognised for the bold red livery and revered for their racing heritage, the Ducati brand is considered the two-wheeled equivalent of Ferrari.Although most commonly recognized for their sports bikes Ducati's street bikes have played a very important role in the growth of the company and motorcycling history. The Monster revolutionized the naked motorcycle category and the Scrambler is set to become one of their best selling models of all time.Riding a Ducati cafe racer carries the kudos of race-bred Italian engineering.
Return of the Cafe Racers - The Imaginary Motorcycle Company –  ZiggyMoto Interview

The Imaginary Motorcycle Company – ZiggyMoto Interview

“Creative Director by day, bike builder by night, virtual builder in between.” These are the words of Paul Drake, otherwise known as ZiggyMoto by his 130,000+ Instagram followers. From an outsiders view, Paul looks to be living and breathing motorcycles 24/7. But in actual fact, designing and building bikes is not how…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Serpent Slayer – Perseus Ducati 749

Serpent Slayer – Perseus Ducati 749

In Greek mythology, Perseus was a legendary slayer of monsters and was responsible for beheading the serpent haired gorgon, Medusa. Dan Iluta is no slayer of mythical beasts. He does live in Dracula’s hometown of Transylvania though, but that actually sounds more exciting than it is. The reality is that he’s an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Form of Flattery – Futuri Ducati 900SS

Form of Flattery – Futuri Ducati 900SS

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. In the commercial world, not so much. But when it comes to regular guys recreating something complicated, it’s all about realising personal goals. Like the New Zealander who built a Ferrari 250 GTO in his chicken shed or the dad who constructed an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Black Widow – Moto Essence Ducati 1098

The Black Widow – Moto Essence Ducati 1098

Long time friends, racers and bike builders Dominik and Havana formed their workshop, Moto Essence, back in 2015. Dominik was an accomplished motorcycle restorer and Havana an experienced mechanic who earned his stripes on and alongside racetracks around Germany and the EU. At their workshop located to the south-west of Munich, they…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Scrambler Motard and DesertX

Ducati Scrambler Motard and DesertX

We love a good concept motorcycle, even if it isn’t a cafe racer styled ride. These two Ducati concepts are named the Scrambler Motard and Scrambler DesertX. They entered the spotlight at EICMA in 2019 and are slated as potential future additions to the Ducati Scrambler range. Both bikes feature styling befitting…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stripped Bare – Jerry Missin Ducati 749

Stripped Bare – Jerry Missin Ducati 749

The Ducati 749 was designed by renowned automotive designer Pierre Terblanche. The bike shared a lot in common with the Ducati 999, including the polarising opinions regarding its looks. Today’s builder Jerry Missin was neither a lover nor hater of the 749’s styling. Instead, he found himself in a position that allowed…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Italian Upgrade – Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS

Italian Upgrade – Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS

Trever Scales of Scales Studio is no stranger to these pages. But today, for the unveiling of his latest project, the Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS, we’ve done things a little differently. Trever is the first guest on our new podcast ‘The RETROspective’. The interview-style series will delve into each builder’s backstory along…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

Despite his Taiwanese workshops rather specific name, Alex Gao’s ‘Cowboy’s Chopper’ builds all manner of custom motorcycles. One thing that is consistent across his portfolio, however, is his tendency to think outside of the box. Cafe racers are a common addition to the lineup and his latest build is one of our…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Ducati Cafe Racer Builds

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…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Moto Motivo Calabrone Ducati ST4S

Moto Motivo Calabrone Ducati ST4S

After immigrating to the US with his family 12 years ago, Johann Keyser turned his passion into a career. The South African ex-pat has ridden motorcycles for the majority of his life, including a stint in professional foot up trials. As a sponsored rider for Italian Endurance bike manufacturer Fanatic Motors, Johann…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Streetfighter Cafe Racer by Duchampt

Ducati Streetfighter Cafe Racer by Duchampt

Similar to cafe racers, streetfighters were originally all custom-made creations. The similarities between cafe racers and streetfighters isn’t a coincidence. They were both built by riders who wanted specific looks and performance characteristics from their bikes. In many ways, the streetfighter is the 1980s equivalent of the 1950s cafe racer. Unlike their…

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