deBolex Ducati 749SMaster upholsterer and fabricator Des Francis has been onboard from the early days and quietly shares the burden of a weighty workload. Right, enough smoke blowing, what about the bike. Well, a discerning bd dbol knowledgeable customer approached Debolex london with a simple brief, he wanted a deBolex bike and it had to be Italian, that was it. Decent in the metal, not just the advert description as is so often the case! A debolex london wasted trips later and a low milage S was collected from Lincolnshire and laid bare on the deBolex bench.
deBolex Ducati S - The Bike Shed
Master upholsterer and fabricator Des Francis has been onboard from the early days and quietly shares the burden of a weighty workload.
Right, enough smoke blowing, what about the bike. Well, a discerning and knowledgeable customer approached Calum with a simple brief, he wanted a deBolex bike and it had to be Italian, that was it. Decent in the metal, not just the advert description as is so often the case! A few wasted trips later and a low milage S was collected from Lincolnshire and laid bare on the deBolex bench. The left side contains the electrics, the oil cooler remains in the middle but set back slightly with the exhaust header for the front cylinder running along the right hand side.
The steep slope and wide structure running down from the headstock nearly always upsets the visual balance and weird angles end up happening. The answer here was to embrace the Bolognan beauty and her sturdy structure by shrouding the awkward part with a super-wide tank.
A wooden buck was cut, shaped and shaped again until the guys were happy with the silhouette before an arduous couple of days of pushing and pulling aluminium sheet through the english wheel. Just in case the Power Commander requires dialling into a track mode. A small Shorai lithium battery lives in the tail for easy trickle charge access.
The simplest looking parts are always the hardest things to make and the diminutive nose fairing was a challenge for even the most talented of metalworkers. A small steel frame holds the nose and clocks in place but to say its tight fit is an understatement. It was decided that a daytime MOT would be a perfectly acceptable compromise in exchange for the unique looks. Nice one Gerry, good choice.
From what I hear the workshop swear jar was overflowing the week these were made. Both Calum and Des have backgrounds in paint as well and bodywork so it no surprise that the finish is not only brilliant but the colour choice too. Gerry fancied a particular Porsche blue and Calum had seen a light grey GT40 tear around Goodwood a couple of weeks before the bodywork was complete so they settle on this combo.
An inspired choice, up close the two-tone scheme highlights the prototypal nature of the build. Bike Shed Paris was already booked and the guys had burnt more than their fair share of midnight oil in a bold attempt to have five bikes show-ready. With hours to spare but not yet run and no brakes we jumped in the van and headed for Paris.
It was a huge sigh of relief and a moment of reflection to see the Ducati sitting on the plinth at the Bike Shed event along with 2 other new builds and 2 previous ones. Once back on home turf the Ducati was fully serviced with new belts and whisked off for an ear splitting session on the rolling road to ensure it ran as fast as it looked.
Because its sounds awesome! Images by Autohouse London. This Duc is gorgeous! The S is, was and will remain a marmite bike. I love it in its original form, I own one of only 3 monoposto yellow bikes imported into the U.
The only credible thing you did here was replace the rear Sachs shock…….. Having seen the bike in the flesh I thought it was a superb machine, regardless of the donor, built with imagination, some clever work-arounds and purpose. However, each to their own. Luckily the owner loves it, which is the only ting that really counts. Your email address will not be published.
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