This week, we’ve acquired Ducati’s new Pikes Peak contender, an electrical land speeder from the 70s, and a Harley-Davidson XR1000 from Mule. We additionally take a look at how S&S Cycle turned the FTR 1200 right into a legit flat tracker, and find out how to enhance the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s off-road potential. Buckle up!
Indian FTR 1200 Race Bikes by S&S Cycle In case you’ve been questioning what it might take to transform the Indian FTR 1200 right into a pukka racer, S&S Cycle has the reply. The Wisconsin firm has simply race-prepped a pair of FTRs for Hooligan class racing within the UK, they usually look spectacular.
Every bike weighs 25 kg lower than inventory, as a result of something that makes the FTR avenue authorized or sensible has been minimize out. There’s some severe geometry tweaking too; the swing arm is 25 mm shorter, and the top angle’s two levels steeper, due to offset bearing cups and adjustable offset S&S triples.
Altering the top angle meant transferring the oil cooler and a bunch of different issues (lest they hit the entrance wheel). And the shorter swing arm meant the rear tire would hit the under-seat gasoline tank—so a brand new, smaller aluminum tank was fabricated.
The components checklist contains Roland Sands Design wheels, a Fox Racing rear shock, a brand new tail part and ProTaper handlebars. (Enjoyable truth: the rear wheel has further materials in it to make it heavier, thereby mitigating rear wheel spin.) Then there’s the crown jewel: that unbelievable twin S&S exhaust system. [More]
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled conversion by Earle Motors The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled was one among final 12 months’s large surprises. It was one of many first manufacturing unit retro scramblers that truly got here with a measure of off-road potential. However as Alex Earle proved together with his ‘Alaskan‘ construct, there was nonetheless room for enchancment.
Now Alex has returned with a ‘Lite’ model of the Alaskan. It focuses on these parts that enhance the Desert Sled’s off-road prowess probably the most: greater hoops. By switching from the inventory 19F/17R wheel sizes to a 21F/18R setup, you get higher dealing with within the unfastened stuff, and extra selections in correct dirt-worthy tires.
The conversion hinges on a really particular element—a set of swing arm extenders, particularly designed for the Scrambler by Alex. They add sufficient clearance to wedge an 18” wheel in there (or perhaps a 19” unit, in the event you’re constructing a flat tracker). Additionally they add three” to the wheelbase, bringing it near the size of the KTM 690 Enduro.
With the swing arm extenders in, you must re-lace the inventory Ducati hubs to greater rims, match an extended chain and larger rear sprocket, mod the rear fender, et voila: enjoyable instances for days. As followers of the Desert Sled, that is one equipment that’s simply skyrocketed to the highest of our Christmas lists. (And we’ll take that candy Earle Motors area gray livery too, please.)
Mike Corbin’s Quicksilver Corbin Saddles is likely one of the world’s best-known motorbike seat producers—however do you know that its founder, Mike Corbin, additionally made electrical bikes? In 1973, he turned the primary particular person in historical past to trip an all-electric motorbike on the Bonneville salt flats. And in 1974, he debuted the ‘XLP-1’—one of many first avenue authorized electrical bikes available on the market.
That was additionally the 12 months that Mike returned to Bonneville for the second time, with a brand new electrical landspeeder: ‘Quicksilver.’ He needed to push electrical tech additional, and show that electrical bikes could possibly be quick.
Quicksilver was constructed with a Honda CB750 entrance finish, and the electrical motors from Douglas A-4B fighter jets. Mike needed to make use of silver-zinc batteries, so he partnered up with specialists within the discipline, Yardney Electrical. However since he couldn’t afford the silver he wanted to construct the batteries, he ‘borrowed’ it from (and later returned most of it to) a naval shipyard.
Our buddies at Iron & Air have the complete story, but it surely contains gems like how he charged the batteries by clamping a sequence of jumper cables to the facility supply on a phone pole outdoors his motel. And the way difficult it was to get Quicksilver began with out overdoing it. In the long run, he set a velocity of 165.397 mph—a brand new electrical motorbike file, that may take 38 years to high. [More]
Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype Ducati have lengthy been rumored to have a unadorned model of their groundbreaking Panigale V4 within the works, and now we’ve lastly acquired a take a look at it. That is the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype, and it seems to be completely psychological.
Ducati are just about calling it precisely what it seems to be like: a Panigale V4 with out fairings. They haven’t revealed a lot in the way in which of technical particulars—however the Panigale V4’s Desmosedici Stradale energy plant makes 214 hp and 124 Nm. So even when it’s a bit of down-tuned, it’s going to be beastly.
This man additionally will get a really Kawasaki-esque headlight nacelle, and a set of aerodynamic wings. And people sharp graphics you see are literally a race livery. That’s proper; this prototype’s first outing can be on the annual Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb. Ducati are coming into it into the Exhibition Powersport class, piloted by final 12 months’s premium motorbike class winner, Carlin Dunne.
It’s a ballsy transfer, however we’re betting it’ll repay. Ducati say they’ll launch the ultimate manufacturing model of the Streetfighter V4 at EICMA this 12 months, and that it’ll hit showrooms by March. In the event that they don’t provide this paint scheme as a particular version shade, we’re going to be mad.
Harley-Davidson XR1000 by Mule Bikes In case you’re into performance-oriented customs, you’ll know Richard Pollock of Mule Bikes. He’s probably the greatest avenue tracker specialists on this planet, and his creations don’t come low-cost. They’re filled with high-end parts, intelligent upgrades, and constructed utilizing information that takes a lifetime to assemble.
Proper now there’s a uncommon Mule-built Harley up on the market on eBay—an XR1000 so cool that it caught the attention of Cycle World’s Don Canet again in 2015. It’s primarily based on a low-mileage 1984 XR1000, and after an accident, the proprietor determined to improve it to an entire new degree.
Mule labored his magic with Triumph Thruxton forks and RaceTech internals, adjustable-offset billet triple-clamps, top-shelf Italian brakes, a customized rear body and seat unit, and a Storz alloy gasoline tank.
Different goodies embody a ceramic-coated twin megaphone exhaust, chrome steel flat monitor handlebars, RaceTech adjustable rear shocks, and black wrinkle powdercoat on the engine covers.
If you’d like a dose of that Mule magic at a considerable low cost and with out the ready checklist, head over to the eBay itemizing. It’s simply over $13,000 on the time of writing—which qualifies as an absolute discount.