A number of of us who work at American bike producers are compulsive tinkerers. Indian’s design head, Ola Stenegärd, has been constructing choppers since endlessly. And Brad Richards of Harley-Davidson all the time has one thing candy on his workbench.
Tom Zipprian is a mechanical engineer at California’s Zero Bikes—and he too likes to fill his treasured downtime with wrenching. He’s simply completed turning his Ducati Scrambler right into a avenue tracker, and it’s a complete sleeper construct.
“I’ve been engaged on my 2016 Ducati Scrambler for about two years now,” Tom tells us, “with a easy mission transient: What if Bologna made a manufacturing facility Tremendous Hooligan racer?”
“I lastly completed the bike in time for the Quail Motorbike Gathering final month in Monterrey, and I’m honored to say that I took dwelling the Spirit of Scrambler award introduced by the CEO of Ducati North America!”
At a look, Tom’s avenue tracker doesn’t look too far off the inventory 2016 Ducati Scrambler. But when you recognize the place to look, there’s a ton of excellent stuff occurring. It’s simply very stealthy.
“The best praise I obtain on the bike,” he says, “is when somebody seems to be at it and says ‘What did you even do to it?’ However the fact is, there wasn’t a single half on this bike that wasn’t labored over, and I take nice satisfaction within the manufacturing facility feel and look.”
A part of that manufacturing facility vibe is because of the Ducati’s new livery—which is remarkably on-brand. Tom stored the inventory gasoline tank, however had it painted in Alfa Romeo white, with recent vinyl graphics on the tank’s aluminum facet panels.
A much bigger job was jacking the Scrambler up with new suspension. There’s a set of Showa upside-down forks up entrance, lifted from a Ducati Panigale. They’re held by a set of custom CNC-machined triple clamps, which additionally accommodate an Öhlins steering dampener.
The entrance brake setup options twin Brembo calipers, with the Panigale’s rotors. Tom’s additionally added a pair of carbon fiber fork protectors.
Out again is a modified Ducati 900 SS swingarm, hooked as much as an Öhlins shock. The rear set foot controls are borrowed from a Ducati Monster 1100 Evo. And should you look carefully, you’ll spot just a few carbon fiber gown up bits—together with engine covers that look vastly higher than the inventory plastic items.
Getting the flat observe stance excellent additionally meant becoming style-appropriate 19” hoops. Tom opted for a set of Roland Sands Traction wheels with custom hubs, and DOT-approved grime observe tires from Mitas.
The flat track-style tail part is all custom, and reportedly took Tom 200 hours and 4 iterations to get proper. It’s constructed from fiberglass, and is topped off with a naked bones racing foam seat pad.
The physique package’s completed off with a custom-built fiberglass headlight nacelle from, fitted with an LED mild from Inflexible Industries. Tom had some assist from Hotbodies Racing on the fiberglass elements.
The cockpit space’s a mixture of OEM and new bits. The risers, bars and speedo are inventory, however Tom’s put in Renthal grips, a Renthal brake management and Motogadget bar-end flip indicators.
The exhaust silencer is custom made, and shaves 10 kilos off the general weight. However extra importantly, the Scrambler’s efficiency has been fine-tuned, too. Tom handed the bike to Manufacturing facility Professional Tuning for a brand new gasoline map and a dyno run.
The result’s much less about outright energy and extra about how that energy is made; there’s a 10 p.c improve within the mid vary now. The inventory Scrambler is peppy sufficient as it’s—so this one ought to be a pleasure to hoon on.
If Ducati ever did determine to make a manufacturing facility Tremendous Hooligan racer, they’d do properly to take notes from Tom. But when they don’t, now we have some excellent news—he’s planning to place a few of these Scrambler elements into manufacturing, together with the seat, headlight, exhaust, tail tidy, and graphics. They usually’ll be bought by way of his new store, BRKT (pronounced ‘bracket’) Moto.
Who else thinks it’s time for just a little DIY?
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