Mixed Message – South Garage Cafe Racer
We’ve seen it done before and I’m sure we’ll see it again. A Ducati Scrambler converted into a Cafe Racer. It almost seems counter-intuitive to use the Scrambler as the basis for such a build, but the 803cc L-Twin lends itself so well to the conversion that Ducati has even created an off-the-shelf cafe racer version of the Scrambler themselves. This bike, however, is not simply a collection of parts from the Scrambler catalogue bolted together, this is the work of Milan’s aftermarket virtuosos, ‘South Garage Motor Co.’
For performance enhancements, a custom 2-into-1-into-2 pie cut exhaust system was painstakingly welded together from segments of stainless pipe. The brakes have been upgraded using Brembo components and the suspension has been overhauled to create a more balanced stance. For the ultimate in adjustability, the new controls offer the bikes rider multiple configurations with both the clip on handlebars and footpegs being fully adjustable.
With a colour palette of raw aluminium and black, the Essenza isn’t all about drawing attention, but for those who care to look closely, they’re sure to be impressed.
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