Ducati GT1000 custom

Our Ducati GT1000 is for sale

The Bullitt GT looks for a new home

It's not always easy to let go, but sometimes it's gotta be done. Our quest to build a SportClassic repli-racer might have been overly ambitious and now with other projects on the front burners, we've decided to let someone else take it on. The Ducati GT1000 is such a fun, easy to ride bike, and works in just about any condition. It's comfortable as hell but has plenty of pep when you need it.

Ducati GT1000

Ducati Gt1000 front end

We had elaborate plans to convert the GT1000 to a Paul Smart replica, a 'poor man's Paul Smart' as we call it, but every time we started to pull this old girl apart we thought twice. We've even stacked up some parts to get it going...PS1000 Termis, a Sport 1000 tank, Ohlins front forks, yet here she sits. We did install the Sport 1000 front fender and pull the rear fender.

Ducati GT1000 SportClassic
That's a fine looking GT1000 right there!

The rear fender eliminator is a Motobox Slimbox LED unit and is super clean and well-built. The bar end mirrors have been pulled and a single small mirror resides on the left. Smaller blinkers sit up front now as well.

Ducati cafe racer tank

Mods that were on the books were to black out the headlight bracket, swap out the bucket for a rounded English-style as we did on the Bullitt 821, smaller gauges (like the Motogadget Motoscope Mini we had on an early version of the Bullitt OG), Ducabike rearsets, horn removal/relocation, Marchesini wheels...you're starting to get the gist.

The one thing that stopped us in our tracks years ago was not being able to source the lower front sub-fairing. We had the Sport 1000 S tank, but didn't want to run it without the fairing. The we got the PS1000 mufflers, but couldn't locate the rear header needed. Once we finally got a new Sport 1000 tank that had the right ignition indentation, other projects had filled the benches. Dammit.

If you're interested in giving her a new home, or would like any additional info, hit us up here.


Kriega R25 backpack

Kriega R25 Backpack Review

We spend some time with the Kriega R25 backpack

For those of us who ride motorcycles on the daily, a backpack becomes a relatively essential part of our riding gear. In general, we like our bikes naked - like this Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 - and uncluttered with the visually obstructive, albiet convenient, things like panniers or a top case. Just about every ride requires us to wear a backpack, and that's pretty ok with us. It's just a matter of finding a pack that ticks all the right boxes. We've been spending some time with the Kriega R25 backpack and have been digging it.

Kriega R25 backpack Dorsoduro 900

Kriega touts their R25 pack to offer "all-round performance for short tours or every-day carry". We'd have to agree.

Kriega R25 backpack, Dorsoduro 900

Incorporating Kriega’s renowned Quadloc™ harness system, designed specifically for motorcyclists to give unrestricted arm movement and all-day comfort while riding. Once adjusted to fit, the harness opens fully making it easy to put on even with bulky riding gear. Best of all, pack weight is transferred to the chest and body reducing fatigue to the shoulders and back.

Kriega R25 backpack review

Kriega’s signature alloy adjusters set the waist tension in seconds and eradicate loose strap ends giving a clean, uncluttered harness design. A quick-access side pocket provides space for the gear you need fast, with an oversize YKK® zip securing the main compartment. Large reflective panels front and rear add a level of safety for night riding. Four compression straps hold the load in place and a tough Hypalon carry handle make for a no-fuss pack for every day use.

Kriega R25 backpack review

One small gripe we found was that the pack only has a single zip. Having a double zip, so you can close it at the top would be preferred, but we got over it pretty quickly. You can fit a whole lot of stuff into this backpack, and still never feel weighed down. It has the looks, functionality and pricepoint ($189) we can get down with. Definitely Bullitt approved.

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans Vanguard

‘Master of Endurance’ Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans 

A custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans, an endurance-inspired long distance racer

Design by Gannet Design - Built by Wrench Kings - For Vanguard Clothing

In 2016, the first joint project between Gannet Design and Vanguard started, and the 'V8' dustbin racer was born which made a big impact in the custom scene. In 2017 the second custom Moto Guzzi V7 followed with the participation of Wrench Kings doing the building part. This is the 3rd collaboration of a Moto Guzzi custom build based on legendary Le Mans V850 Mark III 1981.

Vanguard Clothing, a Dutch fashion brand, is a lifestyle label for modern men, and they surely have an affinity for motorcycles, specifically, Moto Guzzis. The Vanguard V-series jeans collection consists of several motorcycle-inspired models, each made with craftsmanship and attention to detail. Vanguard is known for presenting one-of-a-kind crossovers between their jeans and custom Moto Guzzi motorcycles. The brand creates a unique cross pollination between two crafts: hand-built custom motorcycles and a denim line dedicated to each bike. This time the new V850 Rider Jeans take center stage.

Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans sketches

The Bike:

This Moto Guzzi, conceived by Gannet Design, pays homage to the legendary Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans and the racing heritage of the brand. The custom cafe racer has numerous details referring to the jeans, and vice versa.

Ulfert (Gannet Design):

"The theme is inspired by 80's long distance racer with a large aluminum fairing, which we left in a rough brushed finish to show the craftsmanship of metal shaping. We designed a new tank with vintage knee pads in quilted leather as well a leather belt to secure the tank in place. The color theme is brushed metal with accents of deep burgundy red of the front fairing and top section of the tank.

The custom cafe racer tail section with the signature 'V' and two round tail lights underlines the racer style with vintage design language.

The exhaust got integrated into the lower fairing and cooled with some shark gills which gives a reference to early days racing body work out of aluminum.

The cockpit got heavily inspired by old fighter planes, with gauges and flip switches.

Further we integrated key design elements of the jeans into the bike design."

For instance the color and stitches of the seat, the V-shaped cut-out around the taillight, the waistband patch in chocolate, the triple highway stitching, the V-shape above the back pocket, and the quirky zipper at the side of the seat reflect details which you also can find on the jeans.

 

The Wrench Kings from Bilthoven, headed by Joost and Take, brought the ‘Master of Endurance’ to life and they did an amazing job in metal work with complex detailing and translation of the design. They dedicated countless hours of metal shaping and created some very special custom parts for this unique beauty. They devoted best of their skills and craftsmanship into realizing the design concept by Gannet, and did an extraordinary work in doing so without any compromise.

The fairing, petrol tank and tail are all completely bespoke and fully hand made out of aluminum, with custom made tail light lenses from 5 layers acrylic with Vanguard logo lasering in it. When you turn on the light also the top of the engine is lit!

Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

All paint and graphics are done by the Wrench Kings together with Van Marcus (a local shop). The leather work is all real leather with vintage feel and finish and was made by Jeroen at Silvermachine.

Vanguard V850 tank

Some modifications on the frame has been made, the rear was chopped and altered to make space for the mounting points of the seat. All old supports for electrics were removed and new bolt-on brackets made to be hidden underneath the tank. The battery got placed underneath the transmission within the lower engine fairing. The YSS dampers at the back are fully adjustable and also custom made for the low stands of the bike. YSS helped us out and made them specially for this project.

The original calipers are used since they are Brembo already and suite the old school style again, however to improve the breaking we did change all master cylinders for Brembo, front we put on the PS16 and at the rear a PS12, this really makes a difference in breaking.

The exhaust is full custom stainless steel pipes and are completely open. It will scare little children and men spontaneously grow chest-hear if you ride it. No joke its loud like a fighter plane.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 exhaust

V850 Capsule collection

The unique and one-of-a-kind Vanguard custom bikes always kick up dust in the international custom motorbike scene. This time no different: the announcement of the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 and the corresponding jeans has created high expectations.

Vanguard presents the V850 Capsule Collection. This compact collection is designed and manufactured without concessions, using only the highest quality materials. The collection presents a sheepskin leather jacket, two shirts, a T-shirt and an Italian black denim. Paying homage to the Moto Guzzi, all styles have the same color as the custom bike or parts of it, or accents and details referring directly to the machine. This all adds up to a stylish, motorcycle-inspired capsule collection that effortlessly combines style, individuality and comfort.

Vanguard V850 Capsule collection

‘Master of Endurance’ Road Tour

After the press presentation the Vanguard/Moto Guzzi V850 ‘Master of Endurance’ will go on a promo tour. At several Vanguard dealers, customers can have a close look at the bike to check out the references to the new V850 Rider Jeans. Also the bike will be displayed at fashion fairs, and it will ride in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in September. Find more details about the Road Tour on www.vanguard-clothing.com.

Vanguard V850 Capsule collection tour

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Photo credit: Vanguard Clothing


Lloyd Brothers Ducati Flat Tracker

Ducati Flat Tracker
by Lloyd Brothers Motorsports

Ducati flat tracker goodness

If this beautiful Ducati flat tracker looks familiar to you, it's possible you're not crazy, but not guaranteed. If you think this bike looks like Fuller Moto's tracker we featured at the end of last year, you're getting closer. Fuller Moto, being the master fabricators they are, was actually commissioned by Lloyd Brothers Motorsports to build a frame for their flat track efforts. Once they did that, they decided to build one for themselves. What you see before you today is the real deal, an American Flat Track Ducati-powered race bike. And there's just something special about a machine built for racing that stirs the soul.

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports earned their fame, in part, by being the first team to win an American Flat Track National Race with a Ducati-powered motorcycle. The air-cooled, two-valve desmo was the first non Harley-Davidson XR 750 motorcycle to win a national in over 19 years.

The air-cooled bikes were raced to wins and podiums by flat track greats Joe Kopp, Brad Baker, Henry Wiles and Jake Johnson. Nicky Hayden thrilled the crowd at the Indy Mile in 2010 by doing several exhibition laps (he would have qualified 7th based on his times) and even Troy Bayliss gave American Flat Track racing a go aboard the bikes with Scrambler livery with Dillard Family Racing sponsorship.

Class restructuring and rules changes before the 2018 season effectively eliminated the air-cooled, desmo 1000cc engine as American Flat Track began lowering maximum engine sizes to 850cc or less. The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports liquid-cooled Ducati 821 Testastretta is the next generation Ducati flat tracker built as the result. 2018 was slated as a development year for the motorcycle with Stevie Bonsey as the pilot. Ten of the 18 races were on the schedule for the team, however after riding the bike just once, Bonsey was injured at another race on a different motorcycle. Labor Day weekend at the Springfield Mile should mark his return.

Ducati tracker tail

A modified version of the air-cooled frame was fabricated at the Fuller Moto shop in downtown Atlanta per Lloyd Brothers specifications to fit the new Testastretta engine. Ohlins suspension front and rear soak up the bumps and a 10” vaned rotor on the rear is all of the stopping powered offered. Lloyd Brothers Motorsports was the first team to introduce vaned rotors to modern flat track racing as an answer to certain riders applying so much force to the brakes that they actually glow a bright red in a few laps.

The specified 19” wheels front and back make wheel clearance at the front quite difficult with the wide cylinder spread of an L-twin engine. Placing the radiator behind the front wheel was not an option. Art’s Radiator, a very well-known cooling expert in both dirt and asphalt cars, jumped in to help design a side-mounted unit that is extremely effective. Engine assembly is by well-respected Ducati engine builder Mark Sutton at the DucShop just down the road in Marietta, Georgia with cylinder head porting and custom throttle bodies modified in house. Exhausts are M4 custom units designed to meet the strict 105 db sound limit per series rules.

Ducati Monster 821 custom radiator

It's a bummer about Bonesy's injury but racing ain't safe, or for the faint of heart. Hopefully he's back on the steed at the Springfield Mile and can get this handsome machine back in action!

Bonsey Ducati tracker

Lloyd Brother Motorsports: Facebook | Photos: Steve West of Silver Piston Photography