Hey guys, thanks for all the feedback, opinions and ideas so far.1. Subframe
The first thing I *always* think about when "tidying' up a bike is getting that subframe as minimal as possible - and with this bike my initial thoughts were exactly that.
Now, one of my primary concerns on this build is an optimal conversion. The "ambition" department in terms of "big awesome custom special" is low. I want to get the most bang for my buck (read both time and money) and get a great, mechanically perfect, hot looking, yet "almost factory" look with as little effort as possible. That's the brief to myself.
Secondly, unlike most Ducatis that I'm aware of, this frame has always stood out to me as a symmetrical frame, as Tim calls it. I like that. Its quirky. And that for me is another key word "quirky". Ducati specials usually have some degree of quirkiness in their design.
HOWEVER! I do value the opinions of a group of members on this forum - be it based on their general commentary, their own builds, etc ... so I figured, OK, lets see what it would in fact look like if we do trim down the subframe a touch. After all, its not a big job by any means, and if its going to make all the difference - I'm open to considering it.
And here we have it:
Above: Most "unnecessary" cross braces taken off the treillis frame, but the plastic tray holding all the electricals and electronics still in tact. The tray, however goes against the minimalist philosophy...
Above: Tray removed, and electrical and electronic components moved. Where? I don't really know, perhaps at a push - in the seat cowl.
Now, this is what Im trying to avoid, the ripple effect...
Above: Another issue for me now is that the motorcycle seems to be taking on the shape of a sagging arc. Compare this with just leaving the subframe as is below: For some or other reason, visually the rear "complicated" subframe braces balance the look out IMO.2. Pipes
Swagger - love the idea of using peashooter style reverse cone canisters. Any idea where I could get a set? I would need a company that ships internationally.3. Budget
wait a minute- did you say $2500 total including what you paid for bike? Nice score!
Yup :-) Paid $1250.00 for it.
And its in really good nick. It hasn't been butchered at all, - it just seems like its been nicely maintained through the years. Only thing done to it seems to be a new paint job. I hope to spend around $600 on parts, and another $600 on paint and powder etc.
The old school Ducati logo really makes it too.
Thanks Tim. My favorite of the five (?) Ducati tank logos that I'm aware of. This one gives the motorcycle a retro feel, but still looks new enough to fit the general look I think. I may do a white stripe down the tank, fender and seat too?
Thanks for the comments so far guys. Oh, and did I mention how good it sounds?!