Motorcycle News - In The Raw: Simone Conti’s Ducati cafe fighter
Simone Conti knows this well. He became well acquainted with the Law while customizing this Ducati SuperSport, but the incredible result was worth the pain.
He’s completed six builds so far under the banner of Simone Conti Motorcycles (or ‘SCM’), and four more currently on the bench. But he’s built this Ducati for himself.
“Before I build,” says Simone, “I always make a small drawing with pencil and paper. But nine times out of ten, I change the idea.” You can almost see the Italian shrug.
There’s some trick detailing going on too. The headlight cutouts up front are reminiscent of current sport bikes, and are equipped with low-profile LED strips. There’s a similar treatment at the back, with a pair of taillight LEDs poking out through the grooves cut into the tail section.
The tail section is perched on a custom-built subframe—made with a trellis design that complements the SuperSport’s main frame. Up top is a bare-bones saddle, amplifying the bike’s racer appeal.
A wheel swap was on the cards, but Simone had trouble fitting the Alpina Carbon Pro Matrix rims he had set aside. So he kept the SuperSport’s OEM wheels—but upgraded the brakes with Brembo bits. It wasn’t a simple plug-n-play job either; the new swing arm design meant that a custom mount had to be fabbed up for the rear brake.
We’re betting it sounds fantastic, and it also hints at the under-the-hood work. This SuperSport’s been bumped up to 1,100 cc, and upgraded with a new controller and a slipper clutch. So it goes like stink.
Simone’s sprinkled the SuperSport with some tasty off-the-shelf ‘go fast’ bits too. The grips, bar-end mirrors and fluid reservoirs are all from Rizoma.
With Simone’s magnificent metalwork on full display, no-one will mistake this for a stock sportbike out on the autostrada.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
August 21, 2018 at 12:27PM