GDesign Crafts A Modern Cafe Racer Homage To Ducati’s 1960s GP Motos

May 17, 2021

Category: Rides

Despite first appearing on our radar in June of 2020, Giacomo Galbiati of Italy’s GDesign has quickly become one of our favorite custom motorcycle builders, on account of his world-class eye for design, utterly exquisite craftsmanship, and increasingly diverse range of styles. And after recently tackling a brass-clad Royal Enfield Bullet, a Buell dustbin racer, and a fully-electric board tracker, the Como-based customs outfit has just pulled the cover off of its latest project, a 2002 Ducati 900SS cafe racer known as “IL DUCA” (Italian for “The Duke”).

The L-Twin-based project is largely inspired by Ducati’s race bikes from half a century ago. After receiving a complete engine overhaul, the trellis chassis was treated to a bespoke subframe before being cloaked in a modified vintage fairing with a transparent section that exposes the underlying framework and a modern projector-style LED headlight set behind a Le Mans-style bubble screen. Cloaked in a Mediterranean blue and metal flake livery based on Ducati’s 1957 125 Grand Prix racers, Il Duca rides on gold Marchesini wheels and features a one-off tail section complemented with a bespoke seat, tank pad, and matching bum-stop tailpiece courtesy of Luca Ronzoni of Italy’s L.R. Leather. Other details include Ohlins suspension, a modified instrumentation setup, custom fenders front and aft, micro-LED indicators, and an old-school superbike exhaust.

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Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo
Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo
Photo: Mattia Negrini Fotografo

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