My brother got a long-time project bike on the road this week, so I thought I would take a break of the legal mumbo-jumbo that you’ve all grown accustomed to on this blog, and share his work with my readers. (In fairness though, I am a motorcycle accident lawyer, so legal mumbo-jumbo is kind of to be expected.)
A few years back, my brother acquired a 1976 Ducati GT 900 — an old bevel-drive ghost that is pretty for nostalgia reasons if nothing else. When he got her, she wasn’t running, and hadn’t seen the road for years. In fact, was missing most of the electricals. The bike needed a lot of things, including a new wiring harness. But the engine had good compression, and a several-years long labor of love began. That project is nearing its end now, as the bike is road-worthy, and starting to look great.
“Road worthy” might, in fact, be an understatement. Arguably, this bike runs and rides better than she did when brand new. Why? Because my brother did not stick to trying to restore this bike to factory stock. He wanted a daily rider — one that he could tear up the twisties on. So what did he do? All new suspension and modern breaks, for starters. Again, an understatement.
This 1976 Bevel-Drive Ducati now has an FZR 600 front end, and the rear wheel assembly from a Suzuki GS 500 with progressive shocks. In other words, (don’t tell anyone) but this Frankenstein of a motorcycle rides like a bike from the 90s, but still turns heads like a classic 70s cafe bike. For your enjoyment, here is a pic his bike:
And a similar model, in it’s natural state: