Ducati Motorcycles

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. As the basis for a cafe racer build a Ducati carries with it the kudos of race-bred Italian engineering.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Neon Noir – Helmade Ducati 999S

Neon Noir – Helmade Ducati 999S

If I was to sum up the Glemseck 101 event with one sentence it would be; “Looking good and going fast.” The events spectacular 1/8th-mile drag races are unlike any other. Reading through the Sprint race entry requirements conjures up memories of the Wacky Racer cartoons from my childhood. It’s all about…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Well Travelled Italian – Ducati 848 Cafe Racer

Well Travelled Italian – Ducati 848 Cafe Racer

Keeping track of all the parts you pull off your bike during a build is a daunting task. When I heard that Mike Salek tore his bike down and worked on it at 2 different international locations all I could think of was how many parts he lost. Thankfully, Mike’s clearly more organised…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racer Cup – Rob Jarvis Ducati 750SS

Cafe Racer Cup – Rob Jarvis Ducati 750SS

On July 21st 2018 the Bike Shed London held the inaugural ‘Cafe Racer Cup’. An event designed to allow everyday riders the chance to run their motorcycle on a professional race circuit. Recognising the significance of cafe racers to the resurgence of the custom motorcycle scene the event was open exclusively to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - XTR Ulster – Ducati Monster

XTR Ulster – Ducati Monster

It’s been 25 years since the Italians wowed the motorcycling world with the release of the Ducati Monster. Even though the bike was a ‘parts bin special’ its naked styling, quality components, and affordable price point made it an instant hit. So good was the public response to the Monster that it’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 25 Year Anniversary of the Ducati Monster

25 Year Anniversary of the Ducati Monster

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ducati Monster. A motorcycle that revolutionized the ‘naked bike’ category and saved the Italian manufacturer from potential bankruptcy. In the early nineties, Ducati technical Director Massimo Bordi somehow convinced the companies directors to let him produce a new motorcycle unlike any in the range.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

A couple of weeks back I flew to Sydney to take part in a ride hosted by Ducati Australia called the ‘Sydney Scramble’. The ride brought a few good people from the online motorcycle community together for 2 days of fun on the current 803cc Scrambler range. We weaved our way a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bullitt 821 – Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

Bullitt 821 – Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

For years now I’ve been harping on about the Ducati Monster becoming the poster child for the café racer scene. Style wise the Monster offers a great platform for the cafe treatment with its stripped back naked styling and a solid platform for performance upgrades. There’s also a glut of them available…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - La Impetuosa 1262 – Valtoron Ducati Diavel

La Impetuosa 1262 – Valtoron Ducati Diavel

I’ve had many conversations with custom enthusiasts about dying crafts. Skills that have been replaced due to advancements in technology or simply because people are happier to look for easier solutions. Though, in the pages of Tank Moto Magazine, you’ll find motorcycles that have been modified using techniques that were first developed…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Following in the footsteps of champions is no mean feat. Before the dust had even settled at the end of the 2017 ‘Sultans of Sprint’ series a pair of aspiring racers were working a deal with the winners to purchase their bike. The 2017 European Sultans of Sprint series was won by…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Duke Redux – Barn Built Bikes SS1000DS

Duke Redux – Barn Built Bikes SS1000DS

It’s not often we get to revisit a past project. We are all so focused on the future that we forget about the great things we’ve done in the past. Back in 2015, Sven Decoux’s 900SS graced the pages of Return of the Cafe Racers and since then he’s amassed an impressive…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

2017 was a great year. The custom motorcycle scene has continued to produce some truly incredible builds and we were honored to feature many of them here on Return of the Cafe Racers. So this year we’ve pulled together a list of our favorites from 2017. Top 10 lists have never really…

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