Motorcycle News - Can-Am Cafe: A Ducati 848 with dual nationality
A few days ago, Mike got back in touch. “It was about time I built something else, after my CB made such a splash,” he tells us. And so we have this very sporty Ducati 848 cafe fighter, built in two countries.
“It seemed logical to fly it back and forth, since there are so many amazing resources in Southern California,” he explains.
He started out with a lightly used 2008 Ducati 848: a 168 kilo (370 lb) pocket rocket that delivers a mighty 116 rwhp when it leaves the factory. But Mike has been riding and racing bikes for nearly three decades now, so he went in search of even more power.
There’s also a custom exhaust with a stubby muffler from MotoGP suppliers SC Project. We’re guessing the sound levels are pretty high.
One essential part that didn’t exist at the time was the tail section. There are quite a few customized Ducatis floating around these days with off-the-shelf fiberglass units, but those don’t appeal to Mike.
Mike knew exactly the man for the job: the gifted coachbuilder David Martinez of Martinez Industries. Together, they sketched out an elongated design that runs underneath the seat.
Then Mike called up David Jameson at the Little Shop of Kustoms in Palm Springs, and they designed the flawless custom paintwork. The minty green is a Porsche 964 color, overlaid with an ice pearl and subtle metal flake. (Plus “over the top attention to detail by David.”)
Then Mike packed it all up again, and put the bike back onto the plane, ready for countless hours of careful assembly in Calgary.
The 848 now rides on a set of sticky Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks, with control upgrades to match. Thanks to Ryan Taylor of Taylor Racing in Calgary, the bars and fluid reservoirs are from a Ducati 999. “They sit even with the upper triple, while the stock ones sat a few inches above the triple,” Mike explains.
We reckon Mike’s Ducati looks even better than the 848 Streetfighter that Bologna released in 2011. It’s simple, clean and focused—the perfect example of the modern ‘cafe fighter’ genre?
Bike and images by Mike Salek | Fabrication by David Martinez | Paint by David Jameson | Parts by Ryan Taylor
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August 11, 2018 at 12:33PM
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