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Author Topic: Ducati Mobster  (Read 12528 times)

Offline maxBetteridge

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Ducati Mobster
« on: Jan 21, 2016, 04:12:27 »
Not much of a forum user if I'm honest.. This is my first post on this site, pretty much my first post on any forum.

I'm 24, live in Auckland, New Zealand, and work as a product development engineer.
So I got my first bike just over a year ago, a suzuki GSX400. Here's the finished product:

http://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/2016/01/first-timer-gsx400-cafe-racer.html



I might share some of the build later on in another post but for now you can see some build photos on my website:
http://www.maxbetteridgedesign.com/#!building-the-gsx400-cafe-racer/jm2qa

I bought the GSX as a project and planned to keep it. I had never ridden a bike when I bought it so I had to learn and get my licence before I could really get into the build. After I finished it I enjoyed riding it for a few weeks but realised I enjoyed the building much more than the riding so I sold it to start the next project.

In NZ we are limited to 650cc for learners licence and below a power to weight ratio. The GSX was a good compromise toward the upper end of the power to weight limit. We are also limited on the types of modifications we are allowed before it becomes a non-learner bike, hence the mods on the GSX were pretty conservative.

The new bike is a 2005 Ducati Monster:


And here's the first concept sketch:


It's a 400cc so it's still a learner bike. This time I want to do something which is a bit less edgy with more subtle styling. I had my first experience with fibreglassing on the GSX and was surprised at how easy it was so this time I have been talked into doing a full composite belly pan, tail, and tank. I want to use exposed basalt fiber for it's amazing colour and texture, and because it seems like nobody has really done it before. I want to make features of the frame, the engine, and the basalt and most importantly get rid of the  bubbly curves and get rid of the red!

I got the bike in December, about a month ago, and I've been doing a lot of designing and planning. I finally got some good 'before' photos last weekend so I've got stuck into pulling it apart, ordering bits, and building parts. More updates on what I've already done will come soon.

Follow me on instagram for build pics @max_betteridge_design
www.instagram.com/max_betteridge_design/

Offline Tune-A-Fishİ

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #1 on: Jan 21, 2016, 09:20:56 »
Nice work, digin the concept bike for sure.

You must be a lightweight, that katana has a small saddle
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Offline twerth

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #2 on: Jan 21, 2016, 09:43:29 »
Did you say your Monster is 400cc? I thought the smallest monster that year was a 620cc.
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Offline treitz

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #3 on: Jan 21, 2016, 12:14:10 »
Welcome! I really like how that Zuki came out. Look forward to watching the Duc come around too.

Offline coyote13

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #4 on: Jan 21, 2016, 12:15:51 »
Did you say your Monster is 400cc? I thought the smallest monster that year was a 620cc.

It was.....in the US  8)
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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #5 on: Jan 21, 2016, 18:00:24 »
Concept sketch is a beauty.
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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #6 on: Jan 21, 2016, 18:17:33 »
Concept sketch is a beauty.
Agreed!
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Offline kiwiguy

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #7 on: Jan 22, 2016, 03:46:24 »
In Newmarket then fella. Do you visit the Carbon Cafe? Some niicce scooters there mate! I try to get down once a month or so for lunch with a mate just to have a squizz
http://www.carbon-garage.com/ worth a coffee
following along, always liked the Dukes
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Offline NoRiders

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #8 on: Jan 22, 2016, 08:06:00 »
The GSX looks sweet.

Concept bike could do with the tank/seat being much lower as it looks top heavy and the seat is higher than stock and looks perched. I'm sure the tank/side fairing could be made to hug the trellis frame much more. Lose the horrendous end can, for a tucked under silencer maybe?

Looking forward to your updates fella.

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Re: Ducati Mobster
« Reply #9 on: Jan 22, 2016, 09:16:49 »
The GSX looks sweet.

Concept bike could do with the tank/seat being much lower as it looks top heavy and the seat is higher than stock and looks perched. I'm sure the tank/side fairing could be made to hug the trellis frame much more. Lose the horrendous end can, for a tucked under silencer maybe?

Looking forward to your updates fella.

I was thinking same... look closer, the seat is in the same sweet spot and only if any slightly elevated .5" maybe. Look from frame to top of ride position, it's super close.
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