Motorcycle News - Rough Crafts builds the Monster café that Ducati won’t
It doesn’t quite cut the same silhouette as the original SportClassic. But according to Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, that was never the point. Drawing inspiration from the half-faired Paul Smart version of the iconic Duc, he set out to re-interpret rather than replicate it.
The starting point was a 2016-model Monster 1200 S. “I’ve been a secret Monster fan since I can remember,” he tells us. “That sexy trellis frame with the narrow L-twin motor—it’s the ultimate street bike.”
Winston’s client handed the Monster over with an open brief. So he immediately jumped at the opportunity to build the café racer he was envisioning.
“They’ve become collectables and desirable for many people around the world. The challenge I set myself was to create that same kind of desire in a one-off build.”
The fairing is mounted to the tank, with additional bracing coming from a custom-made bracket bolted into the steering neck. There’s a small rectangular LED embedded in the front, and the windscreen is actually a BMW R nineT Racer part.
A top clamp from Performance Parts in Germany now grips the chunky 48mm Öhlins forks, which have been blacked-out to suit the signature Rough Crafts aesthetics.
The rear brake is stock, but the front Brembo calipers have been swapped out for sharper-looking Beringer items.
The exhaust headers are stock, but they now terminate in a pair of gorgeous stainless steel mufflers, built to spec by local specialist Banei Racing. (“He’s an OG in the Taiwanese motorcycle scene.”) The mufflers are finished off with a pair of Rough Crafts end caps.
In the cockpit, Winston’s kept the stock gauge, but it’s been shifted slightly, and encased in a carbon fiber cover from Carbon World. Falling easily to hand are Performance Parts clip-ons, Beringer controls, and Motogadget grips and bar-end turn signals.
Zoom in, and you’ll notice a silver carbon fiber-like effect on the striping.
Credits Upholstery: Kingsman Seat | Paint: Air Runner Custom Paint | Chroming/Plating: Anodizing | Assembly: Ameuro Motors | Fabrication/metal shaping: MS Pro
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August 17, 2018 at 12:32PM