It takes a wholesome measure of ability and expertise to efficiently run a customized bike workshop. However even a few of the trade’s prime retailers ceaselessly outsource specialised duties—significantly issues like upholstery and paint. These that may deal with each final job in-house are a uncommon breed.
deBolex Engineering counts themselves amongst these ranks. The crew of Calum Pryce-Tidd and Des Francis is at the moment neck deep in creating examples of their Ducati Monster 1200-based dB25 sequence bikes for patrons. Every bike is tailor-made to its proprietor, with all the things from the carbon fiber work to the seat trim occurring contained in the English workshop.
The dB25 sequence is a transfer from deBolex to supply their signature timeless type and high-quality finishes, at a barely lowered price and with a faster turnaround. But it surely took some doing to get the sequence off the bottom. The fellows initially constructed a prototype with aluminum bodywork, then used it to construct jigs and tooling to duplicate the work in carbon fiber.
It now takes Calum and Des round three months to create a dB25 construct. They begin by producing the 22 carbon fiber physique panels that adorn the Ducati Monster 1200 donor bike, after which do a ‘dry’ construct to verify the ultimate match. Lastly, the Ducati is stripped for paint and trim.
These two bikes are numbers six and 7 within the 25-unit sequence. As per the dB25 design, they share the identical carbon physique equipment, polymer gas cell, CNC-machined subframe, and a plethora of smaller laser-cut and CNC’d elements. However their spec sheets diverge from there.
Resplendent in blue, ‘No6’ [below] is specced as a clear and stylish runner. It wears its authentic forks and wheels, anodized black and gold respectively, with a brand new Maxton shock out again.
The engine’s been handled to a Okay&N air filter, with a titanium exhaust from SC-Challenge that the proprietor’s neighbors are positive to hate. It’s been tuned too, by way of an UpMap ECU chip.
The cockpit wears a CNC-machined prime yoke with Gilles Tooling clip-ons. deBolex has repurposed the OEM speedo and switches, however the interchangeable bar-ends and bar-end mirrors [not pictured] are Rizoma elements. No6 additionally sports activities Magura brake and clutch grasp cylinders, Motogadget flip alerts, and a full complement of chrome steel fasteners from Professional-Bolt.
Stylish liveries are a deBolex hallmark—and the clearest means for every buyer to personalize their dB25. No6 seems particularly tasty, with Alfa Romeo’s ‘Bluette’ coloration on the bodywork and foremost body, and taupe striping that matches the Alcantara seat. The nostril cone and the fairing’s air intakes are completed in orange, taking inspiration from the BRM Formulation 1 vehicles of the 60s.
The brand new aluminum subframe is Cerakoted, together with numerous smaller elements (it’s the one job that deBolex outsources). Every dB25 additionally options deBolex’s signature OEM-style seat latch system, which ensures fast entry to the digital bits.
It’s not simply their liveries that set these two bikes aside although. ‘No7’ [above] has a wild elements spec to match its fiery paint job.
It rolls on BST carbon fiber wheels, with new Maxton suspension parts doing responsibility at each ends. There’s a Toby steering damper too, and its Brembo brake calipers grip upgraded Brembo Serie Oro discs. “All singing and all dancing, as my dad would say,” quips Calum.
No7’s engine has additionally been handled to a Okay&N filter, an UpMap energy tune and a titanium SC-Challenge exhaust system. But it surely additionally sports activities a brand new throttle spacer and a Translogic quick-shifter. There’s a full set of Professional-Bolt fasteners on right here too, however these are all titanium.
Like No6, No7 is specced with Magura controls and a smattering of Rizoma elements, with the addition of a gasoline cap and foot pegs from the Italian elements producer.
No7’s major coloration is ‘Rosso Dino’—a swatch taken from the Nineteen Sixties Ferrari Dino, which was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son. deBolex painted the ‘Dino’ emblem onto the tail part too, as a homage to this. The intense blue stripe and Alcantara seat had been additionally impressed by early Ferraris.
Additional Cerakote finishes on this dB25 embody the engine covers and swingarm, with white accents sprinkled all through the bodywork. Each No6 and No7 had been bought with paint-matched paddock stands, and No7 even has an identical helmet.
There’s no relaxation for Calum and Des although—they have already got the subsequent three dB25 builds booked in, with every headed to a special nation. Taking a look at how good No6 and No7 turned out, is it actually stunning that they’re busy?
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