We’ve all obtained a type of mates who brings a special bike to each experience. Once I first met Brendon Anthony a few years in the past, he was that man. It will be an F1 Ducati one week, Bimota DB1 the following, and so forth. Brendon is a little bit of an Italian motorbike guru – specifically Ducati. On a newer experience, Brendan introduced out his Ducati TT2 tribute, and all of us promptly fell in love with it.
“I’ve at all times been keen on the Ducati Pantahs and I’ve constructed a number of ‘specials’ through the years,” says Brendon. “Actually, my twin sons, Des and Mo, owe their existence to a type of machines after a very memorable day using my Bimota DB1 for the primary time across the racetrack in Collie, Western Australia.”
This penchant for Pantahs has additionally led Brendon down the darkish path of Ducati tuning. He’s an important rider and a gifted mechanic (as you must be to personal classic Ducatis). Additional to this, Brendon has spent loads of time in his spouse’s residence nation of Japan – which means Brendon can navigate the Japanese import market with ease, which has allowed him to assemble huge swathes of uncommon and unique components.
“The bike is a little bit of a components bin particular and is loosely based mostly on the Ducati TT2 racing Pantahs of the early Nineteen Eighties,” explains Brendon. “I’ve tried to make it as mild as potential with the most important engine that I might squeeze into the body.”
Talking of the body – it’s from a late 80s Ducati 400 F3 (little brother to the long-lasting 750 F1). The engine is a 944cc unit, which Brendon thinks is most definitely from an early 90s 900SS. The customized exhaust and muffler have been each constituted of stainless-steel. Ample gas is equipped by a pair of Keihin FCR39 flat slide carburettors. Mixed with the exhaust and a lightened flywheel, the engine spins up with nice haste.
Brendon has the uncanny capability to make one thing out of nothing, and a testomony to that is the air filters – they’re truly tea strainers that Brendon discovered at a $2 store. The belt covers are additionally customized. Constructed from classic speaker grills discovered on the aspect of the street, they have been solely speculated to be momentary. Brendon says that folks appreciated them he determined to depart them.
The remainder of the bike was assembled with weight discount in thoughts. The entrance fairing, tank and seat are all Harris-Ducati TT2-style fibreglass objects and the rearset footpegs are customized. No, the seat doesn’t present a lot in the best way of consolation however this isn’t precisely a BMW GS, is it?
Light-weight Marvic magnesium wheels cut back unsprung weight, as does the one 300mm fully-floating Brembo disc up entrance. Brendon says the one Goldline four-piston Brembo caliper offers greater than sufficient stopping energy for a motorcycle of this weight and that this is the reason he opted for the one disc.
The entrance forks are totally adjustable, quick-release racing forks from Ceriani. A Gilera Saturno donated them and if they appear fancy, that’s as a result of they’re. High shelf, period-correct components like this are very uncommon and switch a very good construct into an important one. The aluminium swingarm is Verlicchi and together with being a murals, it’s supported by a fully-adjustable Ohlins rear shock with a distant reservoir. Positioned slightly below the tank on the left hand aspect, the shock adjuster is true subsequent to the steering damper. This enables Brendon to regulate all of the suspension together with his left hand both on the site visitors lights or on the fly – a very clever design.
As a nod to the bevel-era MHR (Mike Hailwood Duplicate), Brendon completed the bike in inexperienced, white and crimson however tailored it to the TT2 fashion graphics. Similar to the race bikes (and as is correct for a motorcycle of this pedigree), Brendan left an unpainted strip on the tank to observe the gas ranges. The wheels and body have been completed in a customized white paint. Ingeniously, Brendon added a number of bottles of low cost, pearlescent white acrylic nail polish to the combo to supply simply the correct quantity of sheen.
What’s the bike prefer to experience? Brendon explains it fantastically.
“The bike is extremely nimble and very torquey,” Brendon beams proudly. “I by no means twist the throttle with out masking the rear brake – I did extra wheelies on this bike within the first two weeks than I’d executed in 30 years of using.”
It’s apparent that this bike was constructed to be ridden, not hidden – as is evidenced by the chain lube splattered on the again wheel and the mud and dust masking the nooks and crannies. Brendon has constructed a winner and he’s emblazoned the names of his two boys on the belt covers, in order that they’re at all times with him.
There are simply two issues for Brendon to resolve now. Firstly – which of the boys will inherit this bike? And secondly, what’s he going to deliver to the following experience? We’ll have to attend and see.