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Rough Crafts Builds a Pikes Peak-Inspired, Forged Carbon-Clad Ducati Monster

Photos: JL Photography

Winston Yeh of Taiwan’s Rough Crafts has never been one to do things in half-measures. So, when a customer recently approached the Taipei shop requesting a high-performance one-off build, Yeh went above and beyond, sourcing a Ducati Monster 1200 S before transforming the naked two-wheeler into a GP-grade, carbon-clad track weapon.

Starting out as one of the country’s last 2020 Monster 1200 S specimens, the bike — which takes inspiration from stripped-back, high-performance Pikes Peak racers — has been completely rid of its stock bodywork before being built back up with a complete suite of bespoke forged carbon fiber items. This includes a marbled carbon, cafe-inspired tank with RC’s signature knee dents, a massive set of woven carbon intake scoops, a crest-shaped take on a traditional tracker front number board fitted with a sunken set of stacked KOSO LED headlights, and a tracker-esque tail section capped off with a bespoke diamond-stitched saddle that’s complemented via a matching bum-stop.

In typical Rough Crafts fashion, Yeh has outfitted the Duck donor with an ultra-top-shelf suite of componentry that includes 17” five-arm split-spoke carbon fiber BST wheels, BERINGER brakes, a custom-tuned Ohlins monoshock, and a blacked-out Ohlins FGR300 fork with carbon fiber upper tubes that are slotted in custom billet triples. On top of new filtration and an STM slipper clutch, the 1,198cc L-Twin at the heart of the build has also been treated to a two-into-one SC-Project S1GP exhaust with a full titanium header. Other details include KOSO LED indicators, a custom Rough Crafts billet subframe, an open clutch cover, and a custom-designed and machined top tripe with integrated clip-ons and instrumentation gauge.

Appropriately christened the “Apex Assault,” Rough Craft’s latest one-off work further demonstrates Yeh’s ability to deliver a show-stopper of a custom, regardless of the genre or style. Those interested in commissioning their own world-class build from Rough Crafts can contact the shop via its website.

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Photo: JL Photography
Photo: JL Photography
Photo: JL Photography