Clockwork Orange – Ducati ST2 Cafe Racer
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It’s not every day that you look at a Ducati ST2 and think what a great base for a Cafe Racer In fact it has probably never crossed any mind at all. A full fairing bike built for speed and handling as well as touring isnt usually the sort of bike you think about stripping down and turning into your 50th birthday present. Or is it?
Luckily behind every person is a bit of personal imagination. The Ducati ST2 has around 85hp standard and weighs in at 206kg. This is good for a close to 12 second quarter mile! Strip off the weight, improve the looks and go wild on the engine is what Clockwork Orange is all about.
Sometimes this is easier said than done. But ultimately it is always easier done than said when you are one of the best Ducati mechanics in town. This bike belongs to Mike Berry of Desmoclinic (formally of Sydney he is relocating interstate – We will keep posted with more details when the time comes.)
Here are the stats from Mike himself:
The donor bike was a 99 Ducati ST2, hadn’t run for a couple of years so I stripped it fully and started from ground zero.
1198S forks and Streetfighter triple clamps
1198S radial mc’s.
The rear has hypermotard S ohlins shock and S4R swingarm Wheels are Marchesini forged alloys (Hypermotard S ) shod with Pirelli MT60 Corsas.
Fuel tank is a modified 999 and a Radical carbon seat from Madrid, painted in Ford Focus electric orange.
Engine was completely stripped, hydroblasted, balanced and blue printed, forged Hi Comp pistons,flywheel lost weight and cams were dialled in to improve midrange. Heads were mildly ported, 6 angle seats were cut to complement oversize valves and faces backcut.
Exhaust is a modified cut and shut 851 corse 2:1 item fitted with an arrow moto 2 can.
Engine management is taken care of with a retro fitted 5.9 Marelli. ECU using Tuneboy software and custom mapped. Motogadget M unit V2 and M Can, keyless ignition and chrono were fitted together with Oberon and CNC racing indicators, headlight from a Darmah – needless to say whole thing rewired from scratch, anti gravity battery 360 CCA fires it up no worries from cold.
I swapped to 520 lightweight sprockets and DID race chain, shortened the overall gearing a tad at the same time. Used alloy and titanium components where I could to reduce unsprung weight.
Happy Bday Mike!
Images By: Stephen Broholm
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