Blistering performance and traffic-stopping looks: it’s an irresistible combination. A Walt Siegl Ducati Leggero is not cheap, but it's worth every cent.
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I already featured the custom work of Walt Siegl, always a very labor intensive and very high end job on Ducatis. As all custom builders know, many are going to drool on high end bespoke motorcycles, but very few will be able to afford them. Staying in business and making a living from your passion almost always requires a more moderate approach, the one consisting in producing 2-wheel art at reduced cost without removing the dream factor and affecting the motorcycle reliability. Hence the Siegl’s Leggero Ducati Series for with each client encouraged to personalize their order during the building process.
There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s Leggero café racers. And looking at these images of his latest build, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality.
Come check out Walt's beautiful work at Barber Vintage Festival in October in the Ducati.net area...
Excerpt of Walt on his exceptional Ducati Leggero Series.
This is part of a yet to be released longer interview
Great shots of the workplace of the talented Walt Siegl, one of our favorite custom builders. For more photos of a past build in progress, click HERE
From a pure engineering standpoint, Walt Siegl is one of the top bike builders in the world today. Anyone who would argue against that statement is unworthy to ever sit in the saddle of a motorcycle.
The level of craftsmanship that goes into a bike like this one, the WS Sport Classic, is clearly evident. If you don’t think so, read on. The bike is essentially the prototype for a small scale production run and almost everything about the original Ducati Sport Classic has been replaced, rebuilt or re-thought. See that frame? It isn’t the original Ducati tubular steel, it’s a handmade chrome-moly chassis built in Walt’s workshop, the fuel tank and seat are all hand fabricated by Walt, the brakes are now 4-pot Brembos and those front forks are fully adjustable Showa’s. The rake angle was increased by half a degree from 24.0° to 24.5° and Walt added 39mm flatslide carbs on top of handbuilt manifolds.
Now you see what I mean by craftsmanship, this build was a hell of a lot more than a paint job and some mail order parts....more