Ducati Monster Mock-Up :: Blasphemous or Bad Ass?

Not too long ago we shared Scrambler mock-ups from Ducati North America's Arrick Maurice that were well received. He's at it again, only this time with a polarizing mock-up of an aggressive Monster 1200, chopped up and ready for a fist fight. 

The Termignoni exhaust and carbon wheels scream performance but that solo seat begs to differ. There has been a lot of diverse opinions on the bike and it's seems to be a "love it or hate it" type of illustration. 

What do you think, is this bike "blasphemous or bad ass"?

For those interested, here are Maurice's Scrambler mock-ups:

Arrick Maurice: Instagram | Ducati Community

Ducati Scrambler: Sunnyside Up

Ducati describes the Scrambler as accessible, essential, and “a return to the pure essence of motorcycling”. It’s a modern take on an old idea: motorcycling is fun, simple, and inclusive. Put your Termignoni exhaust note aside, your superior weight-to-horsepower ratio, and your sexy Italian supermodel good looks. The Scrambler is a bike for the people. All the people.

I was graciously invited to Ducati North America’s Cupertino headquarters to experience the Scrambler Icon. I sat on the ’62 Yellow Icon and immediately noticed the relaxed, casual riding stance. My arms and hands were extended at a natural angle. My back was almost vertical. My feet were more forward than I was used to on my ’13 Monster 796. Putting the Scrambler in gear, I pulled away from the parked bikes as the others in my party prepared to depart. A quick loop around the parking lot familiarized myself with the Scrambler’s light clutch, commanding gearshift, and easy throttle.

Though my initial read of the Scrambler’s demeanor was positive, I felt the bike’s communication center to be lacking. The retro-styled LCD dashboard seemed cluttered and hard to read as I glanced at it before pulling onto the road. The engine’s RPMs are graphed around the perimeter of the gauge and I had to take a closer look to determine the readout. Scrolling through the gauge’s special features wasn’t intuitive and resetting the trip meter later after re-fueling took extra time while sitting at the pump. 

The relaxed ergonomics remained a prominent feature along my ride. The Scrambler’s friendly suspension absorbed road bumps with ease, but the upright riding stance allowed me to focus on traffic and less on the road conditions. With less of my body weight hanging over the fuel tank, I didn’t need to brace or prepare for road bumps. At stops, the low center of gravity and 31-inch seat height allowed both of my feet to rest comfortably on the pavement.

Using a 75-horsepower version of the Monster 796’s 803cc engine, I found the Scrambler’s throttle and re-tuned demeanor smooth and forgiving. Perhaps due to the upright ergonomics, the Scrambler’s throttle was smooth and precise. Its clutch pull was light, which made shifting and throttle matching easy. The Scrambler’s refined engine felt at home in stop-and-go traffic with minimal protest at low speeds or low RPMs. While my Monster 796 would growl and grumble when being held to speeds under 40 MPH, the Scrambler’s engine seemed to be perfectly tuned to handle a crowded city street. 

A calm demeanor in traffic doesn’t mean the Scrambler was a slouch on the open roads. When the situation called for it, the Scrambler easily picked up speed and passed slow- moving vehicles. It seemed equally at ease flying along Highway 1 with the sparkling Pacific to your right and rolling California foothills to your left as in caged city traffic.

The Ducati Scrambler is a new direction for the brand and its lineup. With new offerings in the Panigale lineup, the all-new Multistrada, and a re-imagined Monster collection, Ducati’s motorcycles have focused on the exclusive, eye-catching exotic. Much like its signature yellow color, the Scrambler is a departure from Ducati’s norm. The Scrambler is inclusive with its welcoming styling, easy riding manners, and lifestyle brand.

Ducati sees the Scrambler appealing to many different riders. “The Scrambler rider is anyone who wants to jump on two wheels and enjoy the spirit of motorcycling. It’s not a product that takes itself too seriously and we don’t expect the owners will either,” said Ducati North America’s Marketing Director Arrick Maurice.

“Traditional Ducati products have been and continue to be developed around the idea of pushing the boundaries of design, technology and performance to deliver an experience that is truly moving,” said Maurice. “The Scrambler was developed with a much simpler goal in mind: deliver a Ducati offering that embodies the joy of riding motorcycles. The end result is a product that possesses the soul of a Ducati in a package that is incredibly fun and more approachable to a broader audience.” 

The Ducati Scrambler seemed to do everything right: comfortable, laid-back riding position; polite, forgiving throttle; ample power. It provides its rider with ample confidence to take on the open roads, as well as, city congestion. Though the Scrambler is a great departure from the “traditional” Ducati, the company sees it as a friendly beacon to a larger audience.

When I got back home and took a quick ride on my Monster 796, I knew the Scrambler could never be a replacement for the Monster’s naked aggression. But the Scrambler would make you think twice when choosing a bike for the day. An easy, sunny ride on the Scrambler? Or a grumbling, untamed ride on the Monster? It’s your decision...

Story by Ryan G aka "Little Ms Moto": Instagram

Triumph Bonneville stripped, British Customs

Bullitt OG :: Better and Badder

While winter here in California doesn't require us to store our bikes like our brothers buried in the snow, between surf sessions and year-round riding we still take the time to maintain our machines. What started off as a little planned maintenance turned into a full tear down with lots of rebuilding, repainting, recoating and more!

Well, they sure come part easy don't they?

The paint on our tank was starting to show some wear so we decided it was time for a new coat of paint. Last go, we did a matte clear and we thought we'd change it up with a gloss coat this time. Almost seems criminal to put the knee pads back on!

Once the bike was stripped down, we decided the exhaust could use an update. We went with a matte black ceramic finish and are happy with the overall result.

Our Avon Distazia's were pretty worn down so we opted for a new set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corse II. So far they're working out great!


This bike is looking and riding better than ever before. Having said that, it may be time to go our separate ways. We will be selling the Bullitt OG soon. Hit us up at pat(@)thebullitt.com if you're interested before the listing goes live.

Cafe racer illustration, Bullitt OG

Moto Art by the Left Handed Graphic

So stoked to see the Bullitt OG illustrated

Spanish Visual Designer Jose Luis Garcia, aka the Left Handed Graphic, is an amazing illustrator with a passion for motorcycling. He's done some killer work for Cafe Racer Dreams and was gracious enough to crank out a killer illustration of our Bullitt OG build. Anyone else think this design be great for a cool cafe racer t-shirt? Check out some more of his work below!

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'Ad Roca' Ducati 750SS by Ad Hoc Café Racers

If you like cafe racers and dig Ducati, you'd likely love to own your own Ducati Sport Classic. And if you're thought about buying one lately, you've likely seen that they're going for way more than they were on dealership floors when they were brand new! Determined to build a cool Ducati cafe ourselves, we started off planning on using a 750SS or 900SS as a base. When we stumbled across Ad Hoc's stunning 'Ad Roca' build (pictured here), it was one of those moments where you're half inspired and half just want to quit. Like Ross from The Bike Shed, we felt as if Ad Hoc had somehow gotten into our minds and already built our dream bike!

The Barcelona-based builders have managed to find that perfect blend of vintage and modern; raw yet sophisticated. The only real bodywork on the bike is the tasteful biking fairing and optional Mike Hailwood inspired tail section. 

The chrome plated frame makes the bike really stand out these days and the blacked-out motor looks great in that frame. The paint and color scheme are tasteful and not overdone. 

Prefer the Mike Hailwood race-inspired seat (above), or a slim cafe style (below)? Why decide when you can have both!

Nothing on the build is crazy-custom, allowing us mere mortals to almost believe we could build something like this. Then we sit back and look at the photos of this sexy beast and just keep dreaming...for now.

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Deus Slidetober Fest 2014

It's official, the Deus Bali crew has more fun than you. After watching the video (below) of their 4th annual 'Slidetober Fest' held last October, it's hard to image much of anyone having more fun than them. The Slidetober Fest is "a weekend to celebrate surfing waves and riding bikes, topped off with a blow out party... it’s still all about the fun, with plenty of wiping out, sliding out, and passing out." God bless!

With a weekend full of surf, moto, and friends how could you not have a good time? Add in a few cold brews at the end of a long day of shredding and you've got yourself a party. I don't know about you, but I'm itching for another trip back out to Bali and another visit to the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm. Who's coming with me?!

Surf + moto = recipe for a good time!