Ducati Monster 821, M821, Monster 821 Dark

New Bullitt build :: the Bullitt 821

Monster on the menu

So I was thinking it was time for an update on the Bullitt 821 then started going through the archives, only to realize we've never made a single post about the newest member to the family. I know we've shared a handful of photos to social but I was sure there was at least an intro post here. Well, without further ado, allow me to introduce you all formally to the Bullitt 821.


If you couldn't tell from the name, she's a Ducati Monster 821 Dark. I wavered on this or the Monster 1200 R but ended up going for the smaller 821 package. After falling in love with the Bullitt SP, our Hyper SP, I knew I loved Ducati's water-cooled 821 powerplant. There's no denying that the 1200R is a killer machine, but this one was calling my name.

Ducati Monster 821 cafe racer
The Bullitt 821's maiden voyage to Alice's Restaurant in the Santa Cruz mountains

We've got big plans for this little girl, let me tell you that right now. While some of them may in fact have to be scaled back, like the BST carbon wheels we were chasing, but many of them are trudging ahead.

Ducati Monster 821 Dark stock

Part of the thought behind choosing the Monster 821 was that this was by far the less common choice for customs out there. Yes, the single-sided swing arm is a work of art. Yes, it would be nice to have it. We actually had plans to add on the M1200 swingarm, but that's another story. Yes, the suspension on the M1200S or M1200R is awesome, but we've got plans for that too. Stay tuned for more...


Ducati 860, cafe racer, Ducati for sale, face racer for sale

For Sale :: Ducati 860 Cafe Racer by Bryan Heidt

We all dream of building our very own proper custom yet many of us don't possess the skills, resources and budget to see a true custom to life. It really takes a combination of all the above, along with hours upon hours of blood, sweat and more blood to pull of many of the finished products we see more and more frequently these days. If you can't do it yourself, you can always commission one from your favorite builder, assuming he has the time and you have the budget. Every now and then, one of those builds you drooled over on BikeEXIF might actually go up for sale. Well, today is one of those days.  

 

Custom builder and friend of The Bullitt, Bryan 'Super B' Heidt has created a desmo masterpiece with his Ducati 860 cafe racer. It graced the proverbial pages of EXIF and was featured here, among plenty of features and shares. Bryan recently let us know he was going to part with his handcrafted beauty. 

 

The bike started its life as a 1975 Ducati 860 GTE. Much has been done to bring this classic up to date. The Ducati bevel motor has been livened up with high compression pistons and mild head work to put out roughly 80hp. With a newly built engine, tunable digital ignition, a significant weight reduction, and modern suspension; you can keep up with modern bikes on the straights and twisties. 

 

The motogadget components and electric starter means its as easy to live with as a modern bike as well. The tank, tail and seat were hand made to suit the theme of blending modern and classic. Paint is a Mercedes Benz Dark Grey and Alpine White and all graphics are pinstriped by hand. Apart from the tank, tail and hubs, all of the finishes are powder coat or anodized and all hardware is stainless steel, so time and the elements won't hurt the good looks over time.

 

 

The bike has been built with maintenance in mind as well. The seat and tank can be removed without tools and, from there all components can be easily accessed. No corners were cut or compromises made in the building of this bike. It was designed for both function and style without giving up everyday usability.

 

 

In addition to the features on BikeEXIF and The Bullitt, Bryan and the 860 were invited to last year’s Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX, it took second in the Pro Custom class at the Garage Brewed Show in Cincinnati, OH and will be featured at the upcoming Forged Invitational in Jekyll Island, GA. 

 

 

So here's your chance. Asking price is $30k USD which is cheap considering the level of craftsmanship in this build. It's also cheap considering that's basically the going price for a stock Paul Smart SportClassic these days. Shoot us a note if you're interested in getting in touch with Bryan. 

Specifications:
1975 Ducati 860 GTE
GSXR 750 Front forks and brake calipers
R6 rear shock
Ducati sport classic front hub and brake rotors
KLR650 rear hub and brake rotor
Custom PMP sprocket
Ducati 1098 rear caliper

17” Warp 9 aluminum supermoto rims

Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires
Motogadget m-Unit solid state fuse box
Motogadget m-Lock
Motogadget Motoscope Pro digital dash
Motogadget m-Switches
Ignitech tunable digital ignition system
Antigravity Lithium Ion battery
Dominio throttle
Upgraded stator
Motor just rebuilt by Desmopro with high compression pistons and mild head work
Custom tank, tail, seat and subframe


Images by Matthew Jones

'Candylegs the third' CB750 racer

A killer CB750 racer

While racing technology and styling often trickles down into on-road vehicles, there's no substitute for the real thing. Race bikes will always be cooler than street bikes. Fact. With race bikes, function (almost) always prevails, and everything down to the safety wire becomes its own form of sexy - if you're into that sort of thing.

When CB750 enthusiast and racer, Dr. Jules Medina hit us up to feature one of his builds, we found ourselves more interested in his race bike. Jules races his 1976 CB750F in AHRMA's Formula 750 class and his bike looks the business.

CB750 racer tank

It wasn't until we got the pics and read his own write up on the bike, it was clear that the story needed to remain in his own words. It's clear the dude has a good time and knows how to tell a story. So, without further ado, here you have it:

CB750 racer front end

"How do you survive going into turn 8 at Willow Springs International Raceway, wide open at 120 mph and accelerating, on a 600lb steel beast? Hang on, relax, focus and fight for your life!!!! 10 years ago I was driving to pick up a buddy in Hollywood when a dirty, vintage naked motorbike caught my eye.

CB750 racer

I pulled over immediately. Sitting on uncut grass was remnants of a 1976 CB750F race bike that had bought the farm on some track in the 80's and lost its gas tank, seat, bodywork but worst of all, it lost its owner’s interest in racing it any longer. There was not much left, say for a rolling chassis, motor, pipe, and red number plate with the number 3 on it.

A fist full of dollars later and a few stories and old racing scar exhibits from the owner the bike was on my truck. Something hides inside the machinery we use through time, perhaps we leave a bit of our souls in the machines we risk our asses on, especially on race tracks. 'Candyleggs the third' had some strange juju and it was ready to be back on the track.

It's been a long process of refining this AHRMA Formula 750 racing animal and it shows. I've spent countless hours building and taking it apart. There is some real bad ass beetle juice in this thing. The acceleration is superb. With a flick of the wrist the engine punishes the tires to maintain contact with the tarmac.

The motor has been built by the Master race bike builder Ricardo Medina at Mototecnica in the real East Los Angeles. Ricardo also reset the geometry of the whole bike to make it turn better. VM29 carburetors feed the starving engine while a very well made pipe by Chris Redpath at MotoGP Werks handles the symphony that screams out of the engine at full throttle. Chris also masterminded the heat shield that keeps the incoming fuel as cool as possible from the engine.

CB750 race bike

Foot controls are the design of Devin Henriques at Cognito Moto. Kiyo's Garage is responsible for some secret bits to make the bike more manageable. Rear suspension is handled by Hagon fully adjustable racing shocks. Front end suspension dynamics are handled by Racetech.

CB750 cafe racer

A very rare Competition Cycleworks full fairing keeps the pilot from being torn off the bike at speeds by the wind. The bike is a bitch to ride hard and is very demanding physically. It's nothing short of amazing racing this thing. It's hard to explain what it feels like to go into a turn hard on the brakes on this fire breathing Honda CB750 other than; make the apex knee down, maintain the throttle, look for the exit, ease into an open throttle, whack through the gears, hang on!!!....Glorious!!!!!!

And special thanks to the generous support of my sponsors who make the race dream come true: Atlantis Motor Motorcycle garage, Mototecnica, Cognito Moto, Racetech suspension, Kiyo's Garage, MotoGP Werks, Sapporo Beer Japan, and Tres Noir Optics."

- Dr. Jules Medina

CB750 racer, vintage race bike

See? Wasn't that worth reading in his own words? Well, we've got love for what you're doing Doc. Keep racing, keep wrenching, and most of all, keep having fun!

Dr. Jules Medina #S3 AHRMA Class: Formula 750 | Facebook

Photography by Daniel Bergeron


Harley Davidson cafe racer - RSD

Harley Sportster Cafe Racer by Get Lowered Cycles

A beautiful Harley cafe racer

We haven't featured too many Harleys here on The Bullitt but a few quick favorites come to mind; Icon1000's Iron LungDeus Ex Machina's American, or Noise Cycle's '52 Panhead. We figured it'd been long enough since we featured one, so when the guys at Get Lowered Cycles submitted their cafe'd Sportster to us, we were happy to share.

Husband and wife duo, Mike and Meg, run Get Lowered out of Warminster, PA. This particular bike started its life as a stock 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster - and was initially utilized as a bike for promo installs. Feeling inspired by a RSD Sportster featured in a Drag Specialties catalog, Meg decided that was the bike she wanted so she and Mike got to work.

Harley cafe - roland sands design clipons

The selected some choice tasty RSD bits - full list here - and went to town. We particularly love the minimalist view from the cockpit and RSD slant 2-into-1 exhaust.

Harley cafe - roland sands design exhaust

The final cherry on top of the build was the custom paint. They worked with a local painter - Ryzart - to get complete the job. They gave them the color scheme and let him take it from there.

Harley cafe - roland sands design exhaust

While Get Lowered's Harley cafe isn't a radical custom like some of the other builds mentioned above, it's cool to see a husband and wife pursuing their dreams of opening a shop and building bikes. Isn't the expression that a couple that rides and wrenches together, stays together? Either way, props to you guys for doing what you do.

Harley cafe - roland sands design components

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