A photo story of the Cafe Racer TV Ducati build "Cafe 31" by DesmoPro...
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I'm sure many Ducati fans will be looking at this motorcycle with a confused look on their face. In true Cafe Racer style this custom isn't made using just one bike, in fact this Ducati is an amalgamation of components from almost every decade of the Italian manufacturers history. Ducati restoration specialists DesmoPro built "Cafe 31" for Season 3 of Velocity's Cafe Racer TV and it's easily one of my favourites from the show to date.
Cafe 31 is powered by a 904cc mid 70's Desmo Supersport motor with period correct, NCR performance valves, cams and pistons. Mikuni 39mm flat side carbs feed fuel to each cylinder and a custom DesmoPro stainless 2 into 1 exhaust let's you know that there's a big angry Italian approaching.
DesmoPro owners Rich Lambrechts and Vicki Smith wanted the Ducati to handle as well as any modern Superbike so special attention was paid to the 1975 860GT frame. Extensive work was done to reduce overall weight and improve geometry including reducing the rake from 31 to 25 degrees and the fabrication of a custom aluminium subframe....
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There’s no better way to kick off Season Three of Café Racer than to talk about one of the biggest names in motorcycles – Ducati.
They are known as both superior racing bikes with a storied history of wins, and as high end rides that enthusiasts virtually slobber over.
You have to love a bike that has a name for its owners – the Ducatisti. That pretty much tells the tale doesn’t it? Once you own one you are now part of an elite club.
No one knows about this passion for Ducatis more than the owners of Desmo Pro – a custom shop specializing in vintage Ducati repairs restorations and custom builds. Rich Lambrechts and Vicki Smith are Ducatisti.
Rich Lambrechts is an engineer/designer that comes from a long line of master machinists and metal artists. Inspired by his Great-Grandfather and Grandfather – who both worked at Packard – Lambrects started out working on high performance open cars. His skills as a master metalworker (and just about everything else) made it easy to transition to the restoration of such high performance motorcycles as the Ducati. His ingrained love of the machine and the men who perfected the special style and performance of the Ducati is clear through his choice to specialize in these special restorations.
Vicki Smith also got her start with cars – she was a race car driver for almost 20 years and discoverd her passion for speed easily translated to Ducatis. She dedicates her time to promoting the joys of ownership through maintaining Ducati.net and managing events she and Rich have founded to gather the Ducatisti to share their love of the special high-performance racer. Smith works with Ducati North America, and is also a noted photographer, historian and author. She can tell you what’s old and what’s new.
These are definitely the right folks to take us on a journey back to Ducati’s roots in Italy! More (and more photos) here: http://blogs.discovery.com/velocity/2012/04/caf%C3%A9-racer-season-3-the-ducatistiand-breaking-ducati-news.html
If there’s an accurate gauge of how popular café racers have become in recent years look no further than your TV screen on April 19; that’s when the third season of Café Racer premieres on Discovery’s Velocity network. The series, launched with a one-episode pilot back in December 2009, roared onto the world stage with two consecutive seasons of half-hour episodes that began in October 2010. Since then, Café Racer has continued to unearth talented custom motorcycle builders who create the sort of unique and original motorcycles that riders dream of...more here: http://www.caferacertv.com/blog/cafe-racer-tv-season-3-its-here/
Ductalk Editors Note : Wonder what we ride here at Ductalk? Look no further - That's E Boz on our bike in the photo, the Desmopro Cafe 31 Ducati. For more on the Ductalk/Desmopro/Ducati.net shops and staff, catch the April 19th episodes, our build kicks off CRTV season three!!!
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