Ducati Widecase 350

1967 Ducati 350 Widecase by Adam McCarty

A clean and simple little Ducati 350

While most custom builders seek to find balance in their work, stripping a bike down to its bare necessities and still achieving a 'fullness' within that simplicity, is easier said than done. If we were asked to offer you an example of a build that accomplishes exactly that (simple, yet lacking nothing), we would look no further than Adam McCarty's 1967 Ducati 350.

We met Adam back in 2014 at Ducati Island during the MotoGP races at Circuit of the Americas. He showed up on another one of his bikes, a handsome custom Monster cafe racer, and it was immediately apparent the dude's got taste and style.

Ducati Widecase 350

A set of 35mm Ceriani race forks up front help balance out the new stance. All chrome parts and been replated and just about every nut and bolt on the Ducati has been sourced in chrome. Did we mention McCarty is keen on details?

For this build, McCarty found his donor Duc from eBay and didn't waste any time tearing it down and building her back up piece by piece. At first glance, it might be easy to overlook the level of detail that went into achieving this minimalist look. Aside from the usual detabbing, polishing, and paint, McCarty's added nice touches like a handmade seat pan that houses the electrics in the bum stop and a carved out tunnel in the tank to hide the coil. To most, that's a whole lot of work to simply hide a coil, to Adam, it was a must.

Ducati Widecase 350

The little 350cc was rebuilt and was fitted with Mikuni carb. The blacked out under-engine exhaust is a custom piece, as is the custom tail unit with Frenched taillight. Rims have been powder coated and relaced. Up front, a drum brake was pulled from a CB350. Nothing is too fancy and nothing is out of place, just the way we like it!

Keep up with McCarty via Instagram. Even at first glance, his creative vision shines through. Cheers Adam, keep 'em coming!


10% Increase in Motorcyclist Deaths Expected for 2015

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has recently published their preliminary findings for motorcyclist fatalities and the news isn’t good: The GHSA expects a 10% increase to a total of 4,837 motorcyclist deaths in 2015. This follows two years of declining fatalities throughout the nation, which makes the 2015 increase nearly 450 additional deaths over previous years. 

The increase in number of registered motorcycles and vehicle miles driven are noted factors in the increase of fatalities: between 1997 and 2008, the number of motorcycles registered nearly doubled. Despite this, motorcycles account for only three percent of registered vehicles, but 15% of all motor vehicle fatalities. When compared by miles driven, fatalities of motorcyclists were 26 times that of passenger vehicles in 2013.

As a surprise to none, motorcyclist fatality risk factors include lack of helmet use, the involvement of alcohol and/or speeding, and invalid license. Hawaii noted 60% of fatally injured riders tested positive for alcohol and/or drugs. And a valid license was missing in about 25% of fatally injured motorcyclists.

To combat the rise in motorcyclist deaths, the GHSA suggests some commonsense objectives involving increased helmet use and the continued promotion of Share the Road programs. Helmets reduce head injuries and chances of dying in a crash by 37%, yet surprisingly many states lack universal helmet laws and three states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire) have no helmet laws at all. Enacting laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets has been shown to increase helmet use to more than 90% and the GHSA notes wearing a helmet could have saved an estimated 715 lives in 2013.

Here in California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) works with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to increase awareness of motorcycle safety year-round, with special emphasis on May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The CHP also conducts motorcyclist safety enforcement operations focused on reducing risky behavior by passenger vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders alike. In addition, the CHP oversees statewide motorcycle training and safety programs.

The GHSA expects to have finalized 2015 data via the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System by the end of 2016.

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


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Custom Monster 1200S Siluro By XTR

Radical Ducati lives on via XTR Pepo

It's no secret that we're fans of Radical Ducati and were bummed when they closed their doors in 2014. After a little hiatus, Pepo Rosell has re-branded himself as XTR Pepo and has been churning our more than just radical Ducatis. While these days he may dabble with other manufacturer's bikes, rest assured his love for Ducati remains fully in tact, as seen by his latest creation, a Ducati Monster 1200S, affectionally known as The Siluro

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XTR's new build, the "Siluro (2016)" pay homage to Ducati's 1956 bike of the same name, which was a a customized motorcycle based on the Ducati Gran Sport 100; pictured below. Pepo applied a similar stripe motif but opted to leave the 'dustbin' fairing off.

Image: Ducati Motor

Custom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTR

The new XTR Siluro is based on the Ducati Monster 1200S that has been 'radicalized' by Pepo. Some of the most striking mods are the single LED headlight, the fully upholstered solo seat and 2-into-1 exhaust utilizing a silencer from a Multistrada 1200.

Custom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTR

While the bike is still very much a Monster 1200 S, some of the mods are subtle but significant. They way Pepo trimmed up the bottom of the tank to expose the top cylinder is great; actually something we were considering for our new Monster 821 build. Polishing the rear swingarm is a unique move for the new Monster, we would just have left the carbon cover off to let it shine.

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All plastic covers have been removed around the engine and radiator. The Monster 1200 S's carbon fiber belt covers and been removed as well. Revised wiring throughout was performed to keep things clean.
Custom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTR

The rear subframe is an XTR unit and the streetfighter-esque seat has been fully upholstered. Maybe not the best for running in the rain, but it is pretty striking in person.

Custom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTRCustom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTR

As mentioned above, the silencer is off of a Multistrada 1200. We're finding it's a bit polarizing; some people we've chatted with appreciate the uniqueness while other felt it was a bit distracting. Regardless of personal tastes, gotta give XTR and 'Supermario' (whom XTR credits for the system) points for trying something different with this set up.

Custom Monster 1200S Siluro (2016) By XTR
Another unique feature on the build is the ellipsoidal headlight.


We're fans of the XTR Siluro but want to hear your thoughts. Are you a believer? What do you like, or what would you change? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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