Custom Ducati Cafe Racer: Art on Two Wheels
You’ll have to excuse my ignorance, but I’m not really a “bike guy,” per se. Four wheels good, two wheels bad. But when I came across this drop-dead-gorgeous Ducati Cafe Racer done up by Estonian boutique manufacturer Renard, I knew my readers needed to see it. Shop owner Andres Uibomae bought the peppy Vento 350 without having actually seen it in person. That surprisingly turned out to be not such a great idea. The bike had no gauges, lights, or brakes and was just in really poor shape overall. But Andres pushed on with his new project. RELATED: See Photos of the Iconic Ducati Monster 796
“There is no real technical information available about these machines,” Andres told BikeExif. “Just a few scanned documents in Spanish. And spare parts are unavailable.”
Having realized that this project might be a bit more trying then he originally hoped for, Andres and the rest of the Renard crew went to work on upgrading this pretty little machine. Brakes came from ISR (a Swedish company), the front disc was off a BMW R 12000 GS, and the master cylinder was adopted from AP Racing. The project quickly turned into a mishmash of parts from all around the world. But it worked stunningly.
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The rest of the parts, including the custom exhaust and instrument panel, were all machined to Renard’s specs and given a home atop the Ducati. Even the seat was custom stitched.
Admittedly, Andres says, the project was no walk in the park. But after it was all said and done, the custom bike went to a loving home. Musician Leslie Laasner, a motorcycle collector, is in possession of this wonderful machine.
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