Ducati Hyper Scrambler - Untitled Motorcycles

Ducati Hyper Scrambler by Untitled Motorcycles

A Hyped-Up Scrambler

If you haven't seen the Hyper Scrambler by now...you must have seen it by now, right? Even if you don't regularly read "moto stuff", this bike has appeared on some pretty mainstream stages like Jay Leno's Garage, Playboy, Designboom and GQ Italia to name a few.

Ducati Hyper Scrambler

The Hyper Scrambler started its life in response to the Scrambler Ducati team's Custom Rumble contest, which was a dealer build-off. And no, Untitled is not a Ducati dealership. So, how do the dots connect, you say? Jim MacLaughlin of Bay Area's Marin Speed Shop partnered with Hugo Eccles at Untitled Motorcycles' San Fransisco location - they have a sister shop in London - to get the job done.

Ducati Hyper Scrambler

The base bike was a 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon. Eccles kicked off the build by sourcing a Ducati Monster S2R swingarm which, with its tubular structure, better matches the Scrambler's trellis frame. “I originally intended to use a Sport Classic Mono swing arm but it was impossible to source in time," Eccles shares. Having installed the new swingarm a new subframe, to accommodate the S2R monoshock and a new seat design, was fabricated by Turk’s Shop, a local fabricator.

Ducati Hyper Scrambler San Francisco

“I love Ducati’s signature trellis frame on the Scrambler and wanted to celebrate it”. An UMC-designed custom petrol tank that echoes the lines and angles of the frame resulted in a tapered shape which became the overall direction for the build:”the seat, tank and headlight are all part of one single tapered form”. The slim new design also suggested a more pared-down flattrack and supermoto-inspired style which Eccles felt was “compatible with the Scrambler’s DNA."

Ducati Hyper Scrambler by Untitled Motorcycles

From that point onwards, the build was geared towards stripping and removing all extraneous details and components, including numerous plastic panels. The result is a bike that, at 325lbs, is 85lbs lighter than the original. “We’ve created an 800cc motorcycle that weighs less than a Vespa: performance is “lively” says Eccles.

Ducati Hyper Scrambler by Ultimate Motorcycles

custom ducati scrambler - hyper scrambler

Visually, the new UMC Scrambler design consists of three core elements: engine, frame, and body: The engine and other mechanical parts have been stripped to bare metal and vapor blasted to celebrate their raw mechanical nature.

Ducati Hyper Scrambler by Untitled Motorcycles

The frame has been painted in “Rosso Corsa” a neon orange color that Ducati uses for their Moto GP race bikes, to showcase the characteristic trellis frame and swingarm. The nickel-sided petrol tank is a nod to the 1968 original while the bodywork has been painted in a solid grey to match the slim motocross-inspired grip vinyl seat.

Eccles is the first to admit that this build is somewhat out of character for Untitled Motorcycles. “It was competition build so we set out to do something intentionally provocative. Although this bike is road legal, the next road-going versions will be designed and detailed differently."

The UMC-038 Hyper Scrambler is actually up for a Creativepool people's choice award currently. Head on over and cast your vote here.

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Landscape photos: Erik Jutras | Studio photos: RC Rivera


Ducati, Monster 1200 R, M1200R, cafe racer, Young Guns Speed Shop

Ducati Pandora Monster 1200 R by Young Guns Speed Shop

A unique take on Ducati's
Monster 1200 R

We've been starting at the Monster 821 in our garage lately and keep coming back to Young Gun Speed Shop's Ducati Pandora for inspiration. Utilizing the most amped up version in the Monster family - the Monster 1200 R - as their base, the Swiss-based Young Guns built what they are calling a hybrid between a GP-bike and a contemporary café racer. 

As much as we dig their Pandora build, we especially dig who the Young Guns are, and what they represent. The Young Gun Speed Shop located in Rapperswil, Switzerland with members of varying backgrounds and ages sharing the common bond of motorcycles. What started off as a small crew grew into more and more members who now all meet at the shop's HQ, go for rides and build bikes. Doesn't get much better than that!

OK, back to the build. The guys stripped down their M1200R and wanted to keep the classic lines from previous Ducatis like the old 900SS and 750 Sports. They first build the rear subframe then tackled the seat/tank combo, working on a final fiberglass monocoque.

In order to maintain the sleek lines they sought, they decided to relocate the tank to the tail. With two combined aluminum tanks the bike can hold a total 9 liters (2.4 gal) of petrol.

Where the faux tank sits, is now host the brain of the motorbike: everything from the ABS to battery has been hid under there.

The custom exhaust was built in-house with the megaphones being pressed out of a single sheet. We kind of dig the way they replaced the rubber hoses with aluminum pipes to 'fit the radical appearance of the bike'.

So as mentioned, we're sitting here kicking tires of our Bullitt 821 and talking about what we can do to make the build more interesting. Turns out, there's a bunch of dudes on the other side of the world, doing the same damn thing, and clearly having a lot of fun in the process. Gotta tip our hat to that. Cheers boys - hope we cross paths one day out on the open road.

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Moto Guzzi cafe racer

Moto Guzzi cafe racers by Holographic Hammer

 

We've been big fans of Sylvain Berneron, better known under the guise of Holographic Hammer, for years. Over the years, we've shared some of his Ducati and Triumph cafe racer illustrations. Lately, we've been toying around with doing a Guzzi build and low and behold, Holographic Hammer has been teasing us with some killer mock ups.

 

The title image as well as the two above are both for a client "Kris. K" from Germany. Kris plans on building a new Guzzi racer, and Sylvain helps visualize pre-build.

 

Sketches made for another German client, Doc Jensen. The top goes classic, while the lower is slightly more modern.

 

The more we stare at these mock-ups, the harder it is to choose a favorite. Having said that, one thing for sure is that we're psyched to get a Guzzi build going!

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