The project name is an homage to the signature Ducati twin (or desmo), hence “double” and its reconfiguration as an Italian cafe racer. The thread stitching everything together was to have a café racer that was a bit different than the rest.
I sourced bits and pieces from all over the US, as well as Berlin and Italy (of course), and had to fab others. None was easy or quick. Lots of ideas simply did not work. Design, try, iterate, and try again. Rinse and repeat.
People don’t realize the attention to detail unless they come up to it when parked—like the thin pinstripe that is actually the Italian flag drawn across the length of the bike, or the word “Ducati” barely visible on the tank, or the fact it is matte film, not painted, and redone four times until it was perfect.
Most every part had been tweaked or replaced. To many this may seem like a lot of time and talent and money spent for a one-and-done project—and it was, simply for the joy of reengineering something—making it different, better, and realizing a dream.
This bike has twice topped over 100k views/likes in a week, see profiles in Dime City and Pipeburn. It was accepted into the Milwaukee Builder’s Invitational and featured at the 2019 IMS Ultimate Builders Competition. It performs as well as turn heads and appear in international and invitational shows and trend in social media.
• Tubular steel trellis frame with 24.0° rake
• Front suspension: 43mm upside-down fork
• Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with Sachs adjustable mono-shock.
• Single-sided aluminum swing arm
• 5 Spoke Marchesini Forged Rear Aluminum Alloy Wheel 17” x 6”
• 5 Spoke Marchesini Forged Front Wheel 17”
• Slipper wet multiplate clutch system with hydraulic control
• Barnett racing clutch plates
• All Balls tapered steering bearings
• Dual right sided Carbon Fiber Termignoni exhaust system
• Ducati Performance (DP) ECU to match exhaust
• Dual 320mm disc/4 piston Brembo caliper front
• Single 245mm disc/2 piston Brembo caliper rear
• Galfer cross-drilled pads, front and rear
• GSG Belly Pan
• CRG brake and clutch levers
• Zenmoto fender eliminator kit and integrated tail light system
• Billet tail plugs
• Oberon bar end mirror
• Vortex Racing clip-ons
• K&N Filter
• Evap/emissions canister removed
• OEM Cowling removed
• Ducati billet reservoir covers
• Adjustable S4R suspension linkage
• Continental Conti Motion front tire
• Pirelli Diablo rear tire
• New cam belts
• New oil cooler mounts
• New chain and steel sprocket set
• New ignition and starter relay
• New OEM bridge
• Gotham Cycles Foot Pegs
• Front fork LED Turn Signals
• Digital LCD Multifunction Dash
• Recoil Grips
• Rexxer ECU Tuning
• Alchemy 3 eye LED headlight with angel eye ring
• New Battery
• Relocated Dash and fabricated brackets
• Clear and billet Timing Belt Covers
• Paolo Tex Fork Covers with carbon fiber wrap
• Satin red wrapped tank and tail with Italian flag pin striping
• Satin red wrapped sides and belly pan
• Carbon-fiber wrapped fork covers
• Morelli Electronic fuel injection with 45mm throttle body
• Linear mounted front turn signals
Accepted in The Milwaukee Builder’s Invitational and Ultimate Builders Competition – Chicago 2019 International Motorcycle Show.
Social media and Magazines: Featured in Pipeburn https://www.pipeburn.com/home/2019/04/15/double-espresso-ducati-monster-s2r.html Profiled in Dime City https://www.dimecitycycles.com/blog/chris-stout-2005-ducati-monster?fbclid=IwAR3tnWUJG3AYXmST9HCHJ6VAd3fObFVr3HpaMuacNfEJ2KIV1MsBKema2hs Featured in Lowbrow Customs’ Weirdo Artisanal Magazine. And twice topped over 100k views/likes in a week on Pinterest.