Kelevra Ducati S4R Cafe Racer
If I was asked to pull together a list of my top 10 custom motorcycle workshops from around the globe (there’s an idea for a future post!) South Garage from Italy would be a shoe-in. Their ‘Martinez’ Ducati 749 Cafe Racer was an absolute show stopper and clocked up thousands of shares when I featured it back in March 2012. Their latest build, the Ducati Monster S4R based ‘Kelevra’, took out first prize for best Cafe Racer at the 2012 EICMA and it’s easy to see why.
Installing the new tank necessitated the removal of the bikes stock airbox which South Garage replaced with intake ducts attached directly to each throttle body. The Kelevra’s 2-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust features around 70 individual, hand-welded components. Designed and constructed by workshop metalsmith Fabrizio, the two headers snake their way around the Monsters engine before merging at a reverse Megaphone muffler. To manage the changes in airflow from these modifications South Garage remapped the bikes ECU to “optimize power”. With an output figure of 113 bhp (83.4kw) from the S4R’s 996cc, 90 ° twin the Kelevra is capable of eye-watering 10.8 second quarter-mile runs.
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