One Volkswagen Designer Created a Custom Ducati Worth Swooning Over
Remember the name Alex Earle. If it sounds familiar to all you four-wheel enthusiasts, that’s because he’s the Design Program Manager for Volkswagen of America (and creator of the VW GX3 concept). That’s all well and good, but when he’s not off finalizing Jetta designs, he’s got a little side project that bike enthusiasts should be absolutely swooning over. Under the marque Earle Motors, Alex is able to create his one-of-a-kind custom Ducati Monster. It is a type of bike called a "street tracker," which features all the body work of old-school dirt-track bikes, but with the proper setup to ride on the road. But this is no ordinary street tracker. RELATED: See More of the Earle Motors Ducati Monster Tracker
The concept was to create a modern, lightweight tracker, with a sophisticated carbon fiber body structure. The fluid lines from front to back ring true to that mantra, and give this one-off a unique look unlike anything else on the road.
“It’s the perfect convergence of my personal interests,” Earle told Bike Exif. “Excellent Ducati drivetrain, oversized wheels shod with aggressive rubber, tall seat height, and pure flat track proportion and graphics.”
The ride proportions also follow that fluid design. The heightened seat puts riders in a more upright position, opposed to the slouched sport bike setup. This gives it a more road-friendly feel. That also includes the addition of Vortex flat track bars that sit wider and further back. The seat itself is finished in waterproof suede.
RELATED: This Custom BMW Cafe Racer is Rugged and Beautiful
As for power, there’s a Ducati 900cc air-cooled motor, which is the same one typically found on a Monster 900. The custom stainless steel exhaust allows for more horsepower and features water jet-cut collars. Other additions include Brembo radial brakes, custom 19-inch wheels by RSD, Maxxis DTR-1 track tires, and a Motogadget cycle computer.
The entire design was created using the same techniques he uses in designing Volkswagens and Audis. It started with a 1:5 scale model from sketches, followed by 3D scanning, and then on to a milling machine that produced the mold for the bodywork. Using this detailed technique, it gave the bike near perfect proportions.
RELATED: This BMW R65 Custom Belongs in a Museum
Want one? Better move fast. Earle says that only five of these bikes will ever be built. Bike 001 has already been sold (white), while bike 002 (red) is currently up for sale. No price was given, but expect to dish out a pretty penny for this stunning limited-run bike.
RELATED: The Kawasaki Z1000 is the McLaren of Superbikes