Vendetta Racing is an elite UAE-based outfit that competes in the infamous Dakar Rally and a handful of high-level superbike road racing events. And while the shop’s forte has long been prepping competition bikes, it’s also expanded into the customs sector, tasking its race mechanics with crafting their vision of the ultimate high-performance cafe racer with what they’ve christened “Project X.”
Starting with a UK market 1999 Ducati 996, the Tamburini-designed two-wheeler has been gifted a custom set of hand-formed alloy bodywork with a traditional humped cafe tail, a modified Guzzi fender, and a knee-dented tank feeding into a half-fairing. Legitimately built for high-speeds and low lap times, Project X receive more power and better cooling thanks to the addition of a Fram full race radiator and oil cooler, K&N filtration, and an old-school GP-inspired stainless steel exhaust while cornering and stopping abilities have been bolstered through the use of Brembo master cylinders and calipers biting down on Braketech full floating discs, a re-valved Showa mono-shock, a Scotts steering damper, and Ohlins forks slotted in 998R triples. Other highlights include top-shelf spoked Kineo wheels, a Motogadget keyless ignition, Renthal clip-ons, and custom rear-sets configured with a GP shift pattern. This stunning Ducati cafe racer is currently available for purchase on The Bike Shed’s classified pages in Dubai with an asking price of $39,700 (or £28,449).
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