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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 - 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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Terremoto 3 – Jesse Spade Ducati 750SS

Terremoto 3 – Jesse Spade Ducati 750SS

Jesse Spade owns and operates a workshop in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to 2016, his business was focused on customising Jeeps. But after 20 years tweaking 4x4s he’d had enough. For as long as he can remember he’s been in love with motorcycles and almost always had a custom project on the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Greaser Garage Sport Classic GT1000 SS

Greaser Garage Sport Classic GT1000 SS

Much to the dismay of the Ducatista, we listed the Ducati Sport Classic range as one of the worst factory customs ever made. That’s not because they weren’t great bikes though. It was due to the fact that when they were released no one was buying them. It was a case of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Timeless Italian – Barn Built Ducati Monster S4

Timeless Italian – Barn Built Ducati Monster S4

On the surface, the 2001 Ducati Monster S4 didn’t look all that different from its predecessors. It used the same styling formula that Ducati pioneered with the Monster in ’93; aside from a new swingarm and a slew of carbon fibre trinkets. However, thanks to pressure from its competitors, the Italian’s decided…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Distinctive Duke – Bolt Motor Co. Monster S2R

Distinctive Duke – Bolt Motor Co. Monster S2R

Ducati has been producing its Monster since 1993. Looking back over the years there wasn’t a lot of variation in the appearance of the iconic naked bike until around 2008. Ducati played with different specs, mufflers, bikini fairings, wheels, and livery, but aesthetically they barely differed from one another. So, as you…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Carbonated Twin – 4Bulloni Ducati 999

Carbonated Twin – 4Bulloni Ducati 999

Like any industry, to earn respect in the custom motorcycle scene you’ll need to earn your stripes. One of the best ways to do this is to create a bike that not only looks good but performs well too. This is exactly what Luca Brambilla of 4Bulloni set out to do with…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Tex Design Ducati Monster S4R

Tex Design Ducati Monster S4R

Last year Ducati celebrated 25 years of the Monster. Since its release, the iconic naked bike has gone on to become the Italian’s top-selling motorcycle of all time. If you’re looking to buy a Monster there’s a long list of iterations to choose. From the entry-level 400cc, all the way up to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Nineties Revival – Tovazzi Ducati 900 Supersport

Nineties Revival – Tovazzi Ducati 900 Supersport

What was once old is new again. 1993 doesn’t seem all that long ago. It was the year Bill Clinton was president of the United States, Jurassic Park smashed box office records, Grunge Rock was at its peak, and I graduated from high-school. Put it into numbers though and it equates to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Scrambler 1100 Ride Review

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Ride Review

How much difference can 300cc make? I made the mistake of thinking the Ducati Scrambler 1100 wasn’t much more than a hopped-up styling exercise in the ever-expanding Scrambler range. Yes, it had a bigger engine, but how much was that really going to change things? I’d already ridden a wide range of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Show Stopper – Thornton Panigale 1299

Show Stopper – Thornton Panigale 1299

This year the London Bike Shed show played host to an astounding 281 custom motorcycles and over 17,000 visitors. As I watched the event unfold from the other side of the world it was obvious the quality of builds has reached all new heights. Amongst all the incredible bikes at the show,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - CARACCHI TRIBUTE – Ducati MHR 1000

CARACCHI TRIBUTE – Ducati MHR 1000

If you ride a Ducati and don’t get tingles when you see the letters NCR it’s time for a history lesson. NCR is an acronym of its founder’s names, Rino Caracchi, Giorgio Nepoti and Rizzi. Together the trio (and later just Rino and Giorgio) laid the groundwork for Ducati’s racing success. During…

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