More Ducati Scrambler Mock-Ups



Excitement for the Ducati Scrambler is certainly not losing any steam these days. Designers, builders, and regular Joe's are eagerly waiting delivery of their new machines and spending time behind the computer imagining how they'll customize their own Scramblers. We've found a few more exciting mock-ups that we felt are worth sharing. 


The two cafe racer inspired mock-ups are from Italian company CafeTwin. With so much love for the SportClassic, there's bound to be plenty of cafe based versions for the new Scrambler. Spotted via Rocket Garage.


The two mock-ups above are by CafeTwin
Ulfert Janssen of Gannet Design sent in his two unique renditions where both have a new tank, seat and subframe. He states his goal was to make the bike visually more agile and light in appearance. The combo use of spoked front wheels and mag rear wheels is interesting for sure. 

"Blue" is Jannsen's street version with lights


"The Coppertail" Janssen states it's "even more venomous than the infamous Copperhead snake"


After checking Gannet's website, we found a few other interesting interpretations. Which do you prefer, the cafe racer styling or the more off-road ready versions?




CafeTwin Website | Instagram | Facebook 
Gannet Design Website | Facebook


Interview :: Chris Hunter of Bike EXIF

Getting some time with the man behind Bike EXIF

If you've looked up a custom motorcycle online in the past 4-5 years, you've undoubtedly came across Bike EXIF. Quickly establishing itself as go-to spot for the coolest custom motorcycles worldwide, Bike EXIF is currently getting over 2 million page views a month (no, that's not a typo) and is steadily growing. Stats that like don't happen by mistake, and clearly the man behind the helm has figured out a recipe for success.

Bike EXIF was founded by Englishman Chris Hunter who at the time of founding was working as creative director for an ad agency in Sydney, Australia. After falling in love with motorcycles and discovering that there wasn't a single site out there that covered the material he wanted, Hunter took it upon himself to create one. Building a foundation on clean layout and design while only featuring high-quality content, EXIF quickly grew in readership. For a number of years Bike EXIF was an after-hours affair until 2011 when Chris took the plunge and dove into running EXIF full time.

After bringing Chris and Bike EXIF into our home for so many years, it only feels right to get to know the guy a little better. He was kind enough to answer a few questions and give us some insight into how he got to where he is today.

Pat Flynn: If you were going to purchase a new bike off the showroom floor today, what would it be?

Chris Hunter: Right now, it'd be the new Ducati Scrambler. At around 400 lbs and 75 hp, what's not to like? It's the kind of bike I've been waiting for, and I think a lot of other riders feel the same way. Unfortunately I have heard that there's a waiting list already here in New Zealand!

The Ducati Scrambler - Full Throttle version
If you could only have one bike for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I was stuck with just one bike, it'd have to be something that could handle many different roles. Probably something like a KTM 690 Enduro.
What was the first bike you loved, or lusted over?
The first bike that really got my attention would probably be the Ducati SportClassic. It came out just before I took a serious interest in motorcycles, but I remember thinking it looked amazing — the kind of bike I'd like to own if I had a license.
A black and gold limited edition SportClassic from our article on the SportClassic
What was the first motorcycle you owned?
I guess a Vespa used for commuting in Sydney doesn't count! So the answer would have to be a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic. Still have it, still love it.
What do you think is the most beautiful production bike ever built?
A toss-up between the early Brough Superiors and the MV Agusta 750S. I also have a weird fetish for the BMW K1. If venturing off road, would pick the Husky 400 Cross.
The BMW K1 - a face only a mother could love. You're on your own here Chris!
Do you have an all-time favorite build or builder?
No—there are certain builders I really admire, but no one single builder I would place above all others.
If you could attend any past motorcycle event in history, what would it be?
I love Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, but I wish I'd been to the Legend Of The Motorcycle shows.
Have you ever had a bad motorcycling accident?
No. Or should I say, not yet. I've had a couple of major moments, the worst being when a car pulled out of a side street, right in front of me, in inner Sydney. I managed to stop with my wheel almost touching the driver's door. Words were exchanged. I don't think you can ever be completely safe, so I always ride with a full-face helmet and an armored jacket.
Have you ever raced on two wheels?
I enjoy watching MotoGP and stuff like the Red Bull X-Fighters, but the thought of donning racing leathers myself has absolutely zero appeal!
What made you decide to create Bike EXIF?
It was really simple: I couldn't find a motorcycle website that interested me. There were a few blogs profiling 'Brat Style' customs from Japan and European cafe racers, but it was all a bit haphazard. I was working as an advertising creative director at the time, so it became an experiment. When things took off rapidly, I quit the advertising world to focus on the site full-time.
Chris Hunter in his element
What factors do you attribute to Bike EXIF's crazy success, especially in the beginning?
EXIF was in the right place at the right time. The custom scene was dominated by blinged-out choppers, the mainstream sites were stale, and manufacturers weren't building bikes that younger riders were interested in. There were gaps in the market big enough to ride a Gold Wing through.
I was living in Australia at the time, and Deus Ex Machina was getting on everyone's radar. So there was a wave, and EXIF caught the crest of that wave. Since then, it's simply been a question of doing everything a bit better than everyone else.
It's helped that the mainstream moto media still hasn't woken up to the widening market. Too many old men making jokes about hipsters.
Wes Siler made some great points in an article on Jalopnik the other day:
"Know how many people read the "most popular" motorcycle magazine in the US? About 160,000. All of whom are 51-year old white men and most of which live in suburban Orange County."
He's right, and that's why sites like EXIF are booming. Our peak audience age range is 25-34 and nearly a third have a household income of over $100k p.a. They're into experiences, design and accessible thrills. Not tech specs or track days. Sites like EXIF and its competitors are successful because they satisfy those needs. We filter out the crap.
How do you encourage engagement throughout Bike EXIF's channels, specifically on-site?
Incoming traffic is evenly balanced between several different sources, and I try to keep it that way. Social media is a big part of the equation, but probably a little less important than it used to be.
Engagement seems to be less about social media these days. You hit the nail on the head with "on-site." Most social media engagement is not "on site" at all. It's a click on the Like button and a search for the next 'hit'.
Facebook in particular is becoming less and less useful as time goes by. It's also quite a deceptive platform and difficult to master from a geographic point of view.
Sport Rider magazine, for example, has over two million fans on Facebook. But as I write this, less than 190,000 of those fans are in the USA. The rest are from India, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and so on.
For me, engagement is about the right kind of people, not just the largest number of people. So it comes back to activity on Bike EXIF itself, measured with unique visitors and page views. I look for incoming visitors to assess engagement.
For example, a bike that gets 500 'likes' on Facebook might deliver three times as much traffic to the site as a bike that gets 1,500 likes. Because people are clicking the link to learn more about the bike, rather than clicking the 'like' button and continuing down the Facebook newsfeed.
With so many competing sites out there, how does Bike EXIF differentiate?
We're taking a more holistic approach to the custom world, with how-to articles, shop visits, Top 5s, and gear guides. But bike profiles will always be at the core. That means the best bikes and the best photography.
In return, builders get more exposure and more business leads. It's a win-win for everyone. Running a custom bike site is not just about satisfying your readers' desires—it's also about promoting the builders who deserve exposure.
You seem to have managed to monetize your sites without making them feel crowded with annoying ads. How did you find balance?
Design is critical, and I also keep the ad prices high. I would much rather have a small number of advertisers paying higher prices than a lot of low-value advertisers and a site that looks like a pinball machine. This works for the advertisers too: their ad is not competing with 16 others, so they get more clicks. It most cases, it actually works out cheaper for the advertiser.
You must get slammed with so many builds, how do you decide on what content to publish and when to post it?
I see hundreds of bikes a week. It's difficult, but if something jumps out at me right away, then it's likely to be a winner. There's also gut feeling involved, and feedback from reader emails. You start to see trends … I think the 'cafe racer' style is on the way out, and bikes with more of a tracker vibe are coming in. Anything with checkered stripes on the tank or dodgy welds goes straight into the junk pile.
Is there anything in the custom world today that you wish you saw more (or less) of?
I'd like to see more risk-taking. This is purely from a publisher's point of view. Successful builders who have a 'signature style' would be crazy to drop the 'look' that brings in the cash, but I'd like to see new builders experimenting with different styles. Rather than mimicking what CRD or the Wrenchmonkees are doing. For that reason I admire builders like Max Hazan, Scott Jones, El Solitario, RSD and Revival Cycles. They push the boundaries.
El Solitario's daring build dubbed, 'Imposter'
I'd like to see less pipewrap. I don't have a bee in my bonnet about it like some of our readers do, but really, it's getting overdone.
But most of all I'd like to see a little more respect going around the custom scene. Some people are very quick to disparage bikes or styles that don't fit their world view. I don't like choppers, but I don't feel the need to go on chopper sites and diss the builders, or start trolling the people who do like them.
What advice do you have to builders to get noticed?
Focus on the photography. (I'm assuming there are no question marks around craftsmanship or aesthetics.) It is not enough to ask your brother to take some shots against the garage wall using his point-and-shoot. If you have built a bike to a pro standard, get a pro photographer to shoot it. It is always the photos that attract attention first
Between BikeEXIF, CycleEXIF the other publications you write for - Bike (UK), BikeCraft (USA), and Moto Navi (Japan) - do you ever get any time away? If you had 4 completely free days, what would you do with your time?
I've stopped writing for print magazines now; I resigned my Bike magazine column a couple of months ago. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, because I love that magazine dearly and have great respect for guys like editor Hugo Wilson and art director Paul Lang. But there were simply not enough hours in the day, and it was adding to my stress levels.
If I had four days off, I'd probably hop on a plane to Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand. Or across the Tasman to Silky Oaks Lodge in Australia's Daintree rain forest. It's the perfect place to unwind.
Cheers Chris. We love keeping up with you on Bike EXIF but hope you get those 4 days off soon! - PF

For Sale :: 2011 Ducati 848 EVO Matte Black

It's safe to say sportbikes, superbikes, fully faired bikes, whatever the kids are calling them these days, don't make it here on The Bullitt. Every so often one comes by that is just mean enough for us. This bad boy is exactly that, and it just so happens to be for sale.


Dripping in matte black, gold and carbon go-fast pieces, this Ducati 848 EVO is no joke. There are some pretty substantial upgrades on this baby, but the best part about it is that they're understated.

This is a bike that looks, and sounds, even better in person. Until Ducati comes out with a black 899, this is your best bet for a middleweight murdered out Duc. Get it while it's hot!

Specs
• 2011 Ducati 848 EVO Matte Black
 Original Owner – Title in Hand
• Mileage (Current) – 16,200
• Matte Black (paint condition is as you would expect for mileage)
• Zero Gravity DB Smoked Windscreen
• TWM Folding Shorty Levers
• 1098R Clip Ons
• Powder Coated Upper Triple (black)
• Corse Aluminum Fuel Tank (No Tank Expansion Worries and $2300.00 Upgrade)
• Fast by Ferracci Billet Locking Fuel Cap
• Ducati Performance Seat
• Ducati Performance Passenger Seat Cover
• Ducati Performance Oil Filler Cap
• Ohlins R&T Forks
• Ohlins TTX Shock With Black Powder Coated Spring and Billet Pre Load Adjuster
• Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper
• Ride Height Adjuster
• Woodcraft Rear Sets
• Ducati Performance Quick Turn Throttle Kit
• Ducati Performance Samco Hose Kit
• STM Clutch Slave Cylinder (black)
• Competition Werkes Plate and Turn Signal Relocator
• Galfer GP Black Front Brake Hose Kit
• Galfer G1375 Compound Front Brake Pads
• Shorai Battery
• Temignoni Carbon Slip-Ons With Custom Mapped ECU (no 02 sensors or exhaust valve)
• Carbon Front Mudguard, Rear Mudguard, Countershaft Sprocket Cover, Right Side Engine Case Guard, Ignition Switch Guard, Under Seat Panels, Air Intake Cover, Front Brake/Clutch Reservoir Mounts and Exhaust Heat Guard
• Speedy Moto Front Axle Sliders
• Recent Supersprox 520 Chain and Sprocket Kit
• Ducati Performance Billet Sprocket Carrier
• Pirelli Super Corsa SP V2 Tires
• 15k Service Just Done
• Just Registered
• All Stock Parts Left are Included (Forks, Shock, Steering Damper, Rear Sets…etc)
• Located in Northern California but will consider shipping
• Asking $13,750.00 (buyer could remove and sell parts to reduce their cost)

Contact pat@thebullitt.com for serious inquiries.


Bulitt SP Ducati Hypermotard SP custom

Product Review :: New Rage Cycles Fender Eliminator

Cleaning up the tail on our Ducati Hyper SP

Removing the factory license plate bracket and bulky turn signals and upgrading to something more sleek is one of the easiest way to change the look of your motorcycle. There are plenty of options out there to slim down your license plate hanger, with less options out there for slim/minimal turn signals. New Rage Cycles has some slick fender eliminator kits out there with some very subtle, yet effective (read bright as hell) blinkers.

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Why is removing the bulky bits so gratifying?

New Rage Cycles produces products for most makes and models and after seeing their kit installed on a buddy's Ducati 899 Panigale, we decided to give their Ducati Hypermotard Fender Eliminator Kit a try for our very own Bullitt SP. Their Hyper kits work on the standard Hypermotard, the Hyperstrada and the Hyper SP.

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Wiring was painless. We opted to install their optional Dual Load Equalizer which worked exactly as it should. The overall process was pretty straight-forward and we were able to get it done in one evening. The blinkers tuck right up against the tail and mostly disappear until you need them. CNC machined from polycarbonate, using 1mm LEDs, these things are seriously bright.
New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard

Overall, we couldn't be happier with the system. Fit and function were both beyond what we expected. Installation was a breeze and price points are more than fair for the quality.
New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Next up we may lightly 'smoke' the blinkers to see if we can get them to really disappear. We've also got some of NRC's snap-on front LED signals that we're excited to give a try. Stay tuned...

Superprestigio Awesomeness!


After Marquez going down the year before battling famous dirt-tracker Brad "the Bullet" Baker, there's no doubt this year's Superprestigio is going to be exciting. Do yourself a favor make sure you don't miss it! You can catch the action in one hour (noon Eastern), at FansChoice.tv.

As if you needed a reason, here's a little slow-mo taste from last year's:


Gear review :: Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack

Riding a motorcycle is better than riding a car in virtually every circumstance. That being said, there is one major drawback to riding a motorcycle; the lack of trunk space. Choosing the right bag can be key for lugging around the essentials. For those of us who commute daily on a motorcycle, having the right bag can make the difference between a getting to point B with all your stuff in tact or getting there with a water-soaked laptop... Today we take a closer look at the Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack.

First things first, not all bags are created equal. If you're shopping for a bag that will be used primarily on a motorcycle, it will serve you well to get a bag designed for motorcyclists. Sure, there are plenty of other standard backpacks that will work but there are subtle "moto-friendly" features that will be lacking in the latter. 

While shopping for the right backpack, we came across California-based company Motorcycle House. They have a large range of motorcycle specific backpacks, were quick to respond to our questions and provided fast shipping.


While the Tech Aero bag doesn't have massive capacity, it does provide plenty of space for the urban commuter. The internal laptop sleeve will provide ample room for most 15” machines and holds our Macbook Pro like a glove. 

The Tech Aero is expandable, going from 16L to 26L (approx). 
The water resistant fleece lined audio pocket protects fragile items like cell phones and has a headphone exit port. While there is only one main pouch, the internal organizer pockets all you to help keep everything in order.

The built in rain cover has already come in handy

Sternum "map panel holder" makes it easy to check your digital map on the go

There's an internal sleeve for the Alpinstars Bionic Back Protector (sold separately). We've yet to try the back protector out ourselves, but that's coming next.



So far the bag has weathered a few rain storms, handled a spilled lunch, been tossed around and has handled everything we could throw at it. Both the A-Stars Tech Aero bag and Motorcycle House are Bullitt approved.

Snag your very own from Motorcycle House here.

Custom Ducati Tracker by Earle Motors

Wondering what to do with his aging Ducati Monster, automotive designer Alex Earle of Earle Motors wanted to build a taller "more bad-ass bike". Blending inspiration from Mert Lawwill in the original On Any Sunday film and bodywork reminiscent of the old Meyers Manx dune buggies, he was able to create something stunning and boldly unique. Earle was really into the look of flat trackers, saying they’re a “perfect blend of classic Southern California cool, robust, deep suspension, urban ruggedness and meaty tires”. The end result is a unique and classy little Ducati tracker. You can decide for yourself, but we think Earle hit the nail on the head.

His plan was to produce kits for builders. The current kit fits first gen Monsters and could be altered for fit Harley XR 1200’s or Triumphs. The concept is relatively simple but wasn’t it surely wasn’t a small task to accomplish. The fiberglass body kit fits on a slightly modified, street legal, Monster frame and comes with fuel tank, wheels, exhaust and headlight assembly.

 

Alex Earle's Tracker has a seat height 3” higher than a stock Monster and is said to feel like one is riding “on top” as apposed to sitting behind the tank. A non-skid seat and and high wide bars make for a seemingly comfortable riding position.

Custom 1-3/4” stainless headers mated to cored S2R mufflers

For more on his entire process and team utilized to create this stunning machine, head on over to the Earle Motors site.

The bodywork is impressive but for us, the font end might be the prettiest angle.

'Il Mostro' Ducati Monster M900 Specs:

  • Seat height: 33.5”
  • Front wheel: 19” Kawasaki
  • Rear wheel: 19” Harley, widened to 3.5”
  • Front Tire: Maxxis DTR-1 (27.5x7-19) CD-3
  • Rear tire: Maxxis DTR-1 (27.5x7.5-19) CD-5
  • Battery: Ballistic 8-cell
  • Headlamp: Baja Designs Squadron, yellow lens
  • Tail lamp: Mad DoctorSpeedo: Knog 12 function wireless, waterproof
  • Drive: 14TSprocket: 42T
  • Pegs: Solos Nos Ducati Performance
  • Bars: Renthal Far Bar, ATV rise, 31” wide
  • Brakes: Stock caliper/rotor, Brembo radial, shorty levers
  • Tank: custom-made, approximately 3 gallons

Earle Motors: Web | Facebook | Instagram


Ellaspeed Helmet and Gear Hanger - HGH

Product Review :: The Helmet and Gear Hanger by Ellaspede

 

Hang your helmet and gear in style

We've been in touch with, and watching the progress on Brisbane-based brand Ellaspede for some time now. They've put out some cool gear and builds recently but it wasn't until we saw their newest endeavor that we felt obligated to get involved. Riding everyday, we're constantly looking for places to stuff our helmets and gear. Hang your jacket on this...balance your helmet on that...if only there was a solution.

Well wait no more, Ellaspede has created a product to solve our problems. Their aptly named 'Helmet and Gear Hanger' does exactly that. Styled handsomely, and functioning equally well, the HGH is this simple yet effective solution to storing your motorcycle helmet and gear after a ride.

Ellaspeed Helmet and Gear Hanger packaging


The HGH gives you the ability to hang it on the front or back of a door or screw mount it to the wall in your garage or home. The sturdy hanger will keep all you gear off the ground and in one convenient location.

Ellaspeed Helmet and Gear Hanger in action
Two wall mounted Helmet and Gear Hangers
 
The project is still in its prototype stage and they need help raising the funds to pay for purchasing the expensive tooling required for a pressed metal product. It will also cover the steel metal, timber, powder coating and packaging required to put these products together and get them out.
 
Ellaspeed Helmet and Gear HangerThe Helmet and Gear Hanger with door mount attached
 
Lots of care has been made in regards to aesthetics but being the clever guys they are, plenty of care and thought went into the designing a product that could also lend itself to disassemble allowing for reasonable (international) shipping.
Head on over to their Kickstarter page, pledge a few bucks and reserve your very own Helmet and Gear Hanger. We can't wait to have a handful hanging in our shop!