Written by Donny Ariyanto
The Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Since it went on sale in 1993, over 275,000 have rolled out of the Bologna factory—and they’ve kept Ducati financially stable over the past two decades. The first Monster, the M900, used a version of the air-cooled 900SS engine and pumped out 73 hp. The latest 1200S is water-cooled and has almost double the power, at 145 hp. As of November 2010, the Ducati Monster family consists of the 659, 696, 796 and 1100 Evo. In October 2011, Ducati unveiled a new addition to the Monster family, the 795. Essentially a 696 frame with the larger 803cc engine from the 796 wedged into it, the 795 is aimed specifically at the Asian market and will be assembled in a plant in Thailand.
Back for our readers, this is the second Cafe Racer build to roll out of us. Saw in the previous articles we released our 2008 Yamaha Scorpio 225 Cafe Racer which had us eagerly waiting for more and they certainly haven’t disappointed. This is the Studio Motor 2013 Ducati Monster 795 based, inspired Cafe Racer.
We worked with the bikes owner to design a cafe racer based on the Ducati Monster 795 mixing retro styling with modern engineering. Under the direction of the bikes owner the suspension was to remain untouched, but the rest of it’s appearance was open to our interpretation. The tall upside down front forks, mono-shock rear and modern alloy swing arm didn’t quite have the retro look suited to a cafe racer, but the rest of the bike showed potential like a modern cafe. The first step was the removal of the factory plastics, bodywork and not so cool, or classic windshield. To replace the original bodywork the Studio Motor team handcrafted a new tank, tail and half fairing out of 1.2mm steel. Its unique shape was designed to hug the flowing of the stock main frame perfectly. Finished in solid, classic blue and white with red and green stripes on the side tank it’s more suited to the bike than the factory tank ever was and features a Studio Motor Design engraved fuel cap, also we combined with a leather strap at the top. The only modification to the frame came in the sub frame, changed an original sub frame with a new one used 1 inch seamless pipe. Why we did that? Cafe Racer need a flat looks from tank to tail. For a more retro look the stock wheels was replaced with a TK Japan spoke wheels 17X3.50 inch and 17X5.00 inch for front and rear and then treated to a set of slick tires Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa 120/70-17 and 180/60-17. Put the custom 2-into-1 stainless steel header at the side tail, made the rear side looks clean.
A proud workshop with a patriotic attitude and ability to carry out the majority of work ourselves, has allowed us to create something beautiful. With the build finished, there is only one thing left to do, and it is best summed up by us: “Let’s do the ton, brother!”
- Body Custom by STUDIO MOTOR
- Painting and Airbrush by KOMET Studio
- TK Japan Rims 17X3.50 Inch & 17X5.00 Inch
- Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa 120/70-17 & 180/60-17
- DRL Headlight
- Rizoma Turn Light
- X-Race Rear Control
- Custom Exhaust by STUDIO MOTOR
STUDIO MOTOR Custom Bike