Somewhere round the back of every custom shop is an unloved bike that’s been sitting there for months, waiting for its moment in the limelight.
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Not every project is a smooth one, they can start and be halted for months at a time, life gets in the way, parts can be hard to find and when you finish you can still be left with doubts as to whether you've achieved your goal. So after years of preparation there could be no more intimidating place on the planet to debut your custom Ducati than at the annual World Ducati Week amongst the fanatical Ducatisti. But Marco Graziani needn't have worried as his CC Racing Garage custom cafe racer took out the top prize in the Ducati Garage Contest at the 2016 WDW and also took home the trophy from the riders' jury, consisting of Davide Giugliano, Danilo Petrucci and Eugene Laverty, who presented him with the sought-after Ducati riders' award. It might have started life as a 2001 Ducati 900SSie, but plenty of other Bologna bombshells have donated their parts to bring this trophy winner to life.
Alex Earle is a full time professional car designer, a very good, very well-known one, with a portfolio that includes being on the team that graced the world with the incredible Porsche Carrera GT. But his soul is stirred by two wheels, and those wheels are most often powered by Ducati. You might have seen his Earle Motors Designs on Ducati Island at Laguna Seca and COTA, or in the Handbuilt Show during MotoGP weekend. Beautifully rendered ambitious designs, they stand out from the crowd. Recently we had a chance to talk to Alex about his career, his designs and how he brings them to life…
In the sleepy town of Sandy in Bedfordshire in the UK, lives Chris Baglin, owner of Merlin Engineers Ltd. Merlin specialise in historic aviation and motorsport fabrication and repair. Around 8 yea…
Anybody else think this is really pretty?
Alex Earle is the Design Program Manager for VW America. But he's passionate about bikes as well as cars—so he's built a killer Ducati street tracker.
Great to see Alex's work showcased this way
The Ducati Scrambler, built by “customiser” Andrea Radaelli of Radikal Chopper, winner of the EICMA Custom International Bike Show 2014, was presented at Deus Ex Machina in Milan.
Organised in collaboration with LowRide magazine, the Deus Ex Machina contest took place last November during EICMA 2014. The event saw the participation of around ten customisers – the creators of some amazing bikes – who challenged one another for the ultimate victory.
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Benjie’s Cafe Racers is an Italian custom motorcycle workshop run by Benjie Flipprboi, he’s a man who has gained no small amount of respect in recent years by building wildly imaginative custom motorcycles with a strong function-before-form aesthetic. That said, the form side of things is hardly wanting. The custom Ducati you’re looking at here...