Pace Learn, April 16, 2023


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We’re beginning and ending with two color-matched Ducatis this week; a Ducati Pantah restomod from Australia, and a Ducati 749S customized from France. Wedged between them are a wood-clad Yamaha XS650, and the wildest supercharged Honda CBR900 we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Ducati Pantah restomod by Purpose Built Moto
Ducati Pantah by Function Constructed Moto We’ve got a gentle spot for purple bikes with gold wheels—so this 1981 Ducati Pantah ticks all of our containers. It’s the newest bike to roll out of Function Constructed Moto’s storage on Australia’s Gold Coast, and we couldn’t be happier that the PBM staff remains to be pumping out the jams.

Tom Gilroy and his crew have been approached by a buyer who had owned this bike for the reason that early 90s. He was after a sympathetic restoration—however Tom satisfied him to make a number of minor adjustments.

Ducati Pantah restomod by Purpose Built Moto
“I really like the styling on these bikes—they scream 80s Euro-bike with their iconic form,” says Tom. “However the lawman had gotten in the best way, and made the visionary Ducati designers conceal their stunning work behind some fairly lackluster fenders and lighting.”

From the get-go, the staff targeted on shrinking the lighting and slimming down the again finish. The entrance flip indicators have been streamlined into the fairing, and the entire rear fender meeting was eliminated. New lights and indicators (all from PBM’s personal catalog of electrical elements) have been included into the fiberglass seat for a svelte, easy look.

Ducati Pantah restomod by Purpose Built Moto
The wheels have been stripped down and totally restored, as was the suspension. The engine was torn down, inspected and rebuilt from the bottom up—utilizing newer elements the place attainable—then polished to inside an inch of its life. The Staintune exhaust system was fitted to the bike a long time in the past, so it too was restored and refitted.

The attention-popping purple paint and silver pin striping was primarily based on how the bike arrived on the workshop, having been repainted by the proprietor many moons in the past. It’s a far cry from the unique shade scheme, however it’s no much less elegant.

Ducati Pantah restomod by Purpose Built Moto
A brand new seat was made by Timeless Auto Trim primarily based on the unique, however with a brand new Ducati brand embroidered into the again. To prime all of it off, a yellow-tinted, streamlined display was fitted, together with a yellow headlight.

It’s one other straight 10/10 from the Gold Coast crew. [Purpose Built Moto | Images by Brandan Trudinger]

Custom Yamaha XS650 by Atelier JAB
Yamaha XS650 by Atelier JAB Utilizing wooden on a bike isn’t widespread—however the outcomes could be spectacular. In any case, Morgan used wooden to assemble the substructures on their automobiles for a lot of a long time. It’s straightforward to work with and visually beautiful, particularly within the fingers of a real craftsperson.

That’s precisely what has occurred right here, on this 1978 Yamaha XS650 café racer, constructed by Jacques Jouvin of Atelier JAB from Avignon, France.

Custom Yamaha XS650 by Atelier JAB
Utilizing his in depth data of woodcraft, Jacques had an thought to mix a few of his passions—wooden-hulled boats and bikes. If you happen to’re pondering that he could have been impressed by the work of Riva, makers of luxurious runabouts and yachts, then you definately’d be proper.

Jacques joined forces with a lot of his designer pals, and the construct commenced. After stripping the body down and customizing the rear subframe, Jacques began on the bodywork. The small print are mild on the place the gasoline is, however we assume there’s a gasoline cell sitting beneath the stunningly crafted timber monocoque.

Custom Yamaha XS650 by Atelier JAB
Seeing as this was a particular construct, Jacques selected to make use of some particular timber; Wenge. It’s a uncommon and endangered African wooden from the Millettia Laurentii tree, and it was equipped by a fellow craftsman. Taking 10 months to create, and strengthened with aluminum, the bodywork is nothing in need of unimaginable. 12 layers of UV-resistant varnish deliver out the beautiful grain.

The engine obtained a full rebuild, and each electrical part was changed. A brand new wiring loom is totally hidden from sight, and the engine now breathes by a pair of Ok&N pod filters. The rear flip indicators are significantly swish—they’re LEDs, set into the rear subframe utilizing orange methacrylate from a pair of Seventies door handles.

Custom Yamaha XS650 by Atelier JAB
The battery was relocated to below the swingarm and the body was powder coated in silver chrome. It actually pops towards the darkish wooden grain and aluminum accents. A brand new entrance wheel (full with a twin-leading shoe) was laced to the manufacturing facility hub for a extra traditional look.

Positive, purists and anoraks in all probability gained’t prefer it, however selection is the spice of life, proper? As for the craftsmanship, you can not deny that it’s prime notch. [More]

Supercharged Rau Honda CBR900 by Rocket Sprocket Customs
Supercharged Rau-Honda CBR900 by Rocket Sprocket Customs Rau frames have been initially conceived by Manfred Rau, a German engineer. He made fairly the title for himself again within the day by adapting body development applied sciences made well-known by Fritz Egli and Bimota. His backbone-style frames have been used to hold large-capacity Japanese four-cylinder engines, they usually achieved nice success on the racetrack.

What you’re here’s a Honda CBR900 engine, housed in a modified Rau Honda body, and kitted with a slew of customized accoutrements for good measure. It’s the work of Andy Neuhold and pals, working as Rocket Sprocket Customs out of Switzerland.

Supercharged Rau Honda CBR900 by Rocket Sprocket Customs
Any sourced the Rau Honda body, shoehorned a CBR900 engine into place and slapped on the forks from a Suzuki GSX-R. A Ducati Monster S4R equipped the single-sided swingarm, rear shock and wheels.

As if the Honda energy unit wasn’t supplying sufficient energy from the beginning, Andy opted to adapt a Rotrex C15 supercharger. Fitted by Andy himself, it should’ve taken an age to work out the way it was all alleged to go collectively.

Supercharged Rau Honda CBR900 by Rocket Sprocket Customs
From there, Andy turned to the bodywork, fabricating the tank, seat and mini headlight fairing all himself. He additionally created a brand new wiring loom from scratch, and upgraded a bunch of electronics alongside the best way. The handlebars are from LSL and a Motogadget tiny speedometer is embedded within the prime clamp.

Judging by the figures, we’d hazard a guess that this might completely rip down the strip—Andy’s aim was 180-200 hp, and the bike solely weighs 440 lbs. However we don’t know fairly how briskly it’s, as a result of Andy bumped into some severe engine bother whereas working it on the 1/Eighth-mile airfield drag races on the Kilomètre Lancé in St. Moritz. All the most effective with the rebuild, Andy! [More]

Ducati 749S café racer by Jerem Motorcycles
Ducati 749S by Jerem Bikes When it comes to aesthetics, the Pierre Terblanche-designed Ducati 749 was a wild departure from its predecessor, the 748. The sharp, angular bodywork and twin, stacked headlights have been radically totally different to the smoother traces of the 748.

Ducati by no means made a unadorned model of the 749—but when they did, it may need appeared one thing like this. Constructed by Frenchman Jeremie from his Jerem Bikes workshop, this café racer is his interpretation of a Ducati 749S.

Ducati 749S café racer by Jerem Motorcycles
Beginning with a 749 Darkish as a base, the very first thing Jeremie did was take away the fairings. He then fitted a set of spoked wheels from Ducati’s SportClassic lineup, after machining elements to get them to suit. The entrance forks have been reconditioned, and a customized entrance fairing with an oval headlight was mounted with customized brackets.

A customized windscreen was added to the fairing, with an Avia Compositi rev counter sitting entrance and heart behind it. A set of intelligent CNC Rizoma wing mirrors have been fitted; they appear like aero wings when not in use, however could be rotated to operate as meant when using.


The body was de-tabbed and chrome plated, together with the customized subframe. It helps a brand new rear hump, with the only seat upholstered in black leather-based by Yaya Brush Saddlery. The numberplate protrudes from the rear by means of a CNC aluminum bracket, and all of the lighting has been upgraded to LED.

Ducati 749S café racer by Jerem Motorcycles
The engine stays manufacturing facility, however it was repainted and visually upgraded by means of clear belt covers and clutch cowl. The bodywork was painted in Panigale purple, with chrome accents.

It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, however we just like the neo-retro touches. It’s half Monster, half sportbike, and virtually definitely all enjoyable. [Jerem Motorcycles Instagram]

Ducati 749S café racer by Jerem Motorcycles