Skunk Machine Blends Ducati Scrambler with a Hint of Cafe Racer
The desire to put one’s personal touch on a new motorcycle is almost unbearable. A few nuts and bolts here, a new set of custom bits there, and you can be left with something that looks like nothing else on the road. Australian automotive and bike designer Carl Cerra knows that feeling well. He’s the man behind Skunk Machine, and when he was commissioned to redesign a new Ducati Scrambler for a client, he jumped at the opportunity, and this is the stunning result—a gravel path Scrambler with speed-themed cafe racer roots. RELATED: Check Out Daryl Dixon's The Walking Dead Motorcycle
According to Bike EXIF, his client’s only requirements were to add clip-on handlebars and give the bike a black-and-white makeover. Everything else was up to him. He told the site, “Firstly, I wanted to break that ugly seat line and eliminate the weird little plastic side cover. I began styling the kit with automotive clay until I was satisfied with the detail and proportions.”
The rear mudguard was then deleted, the front fender shrunk, and the Scrambler’s long vintage seat swapped for a shorter unit and reworked with a new humped rear end. Combined with the new clip-ons, riders will be sitting quite at-the-ready, and leaning over the newly painted tank.
The transformation also includes a new Termignoni exhaust silencer and engine tune, which ought to give the 803cc twin some bark. Thankfully, Ducati’s stock headlight with its dazzling LED ring goes nowhere.
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The end result is said to be a fully bolt-on kit for the Ducati Scrambler, which Cerra eventually plans to sell. Like your Scrambler with a subtle taste of cafe racer too? Keep it tuned to Skunk Machine for more on the kit.
Photo Credit: Ben Galli/Skunk Machine
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