Ducati 1000 Super Sport
We got the chance to work on a Ducati GT1000 and have free hand in building it. There was no need on calling us twice.
Working on Ducatis is always cool thanks to their innate sporty heritage and charm. And it's even cooler when the owner lets you create almost whatever you desire.
The Gt 1000 is built on a very flexible base, more or less the same you can find on many aircooled motorbikes coming out of Borgo Panigale. So you know from the beginning you have the chance to find a lot of aftermarket parts and solutions.
With that in mind you then have to find a way to build something different, staying faithful to the structure and the philosophy of the base model. We knew these bikes have a lot of potential but it's hidden under a bulky body that makes them heavy and not very pleasent to look at.
Once you remove the fuel tank and the fat saddle you find a good old steel tube frame, the iconic 2 cilynder and pretty much nothing else, except for a giant plastic airbox.
The owner had one major need: the bike had to be simple to use, without heavy interventions on the mechanical side. Being this model equipped with electronic injection we decided to keep that huge airbox and so the struggle to make something nice around it began.
The classic SS 900 from the mid 70s was our biggest inspiration and so a semi-fairing was our weapon of choice: we started from an aftermarket front part and then we designed a whole new body to match that form.
For the second time in the Greaser Garage history we decided to use clay to define the correct shape to develop. It was an incredibly challenging step but it allowed us to get a realistic idea of the final silhouette and it worked as a base to build the mould.
Our focus was to keep together two opposites: designing something classic but in a very personal and distinctive way. The key point was the idea to connect the fuel tank and the fairing with a unique curvy line and to replicate it on the tail.
That specific line required hundreds of tries and a lot of re-thinking but when we defined the ultimate one we knew it would have worked great.
In order to keep an old school allure we embodied a couple of aluminium panels in the upper part of the body, both on the tank and on the tail. These components weren't painted but a particular finishing was obtained by sanding them in different directions,
The new tail shape is tailor made to match the new rear frame and its round path. The steel tube embodies the led tailight and the led turn indicators so that nothing interrupts the volumes as a whole.
For the headlight we chose an aftermarket led unit in a classic round shape. Then, to link it to the general vintage approach, we put a fish-eye yellow glass in front of it that really increases a sort of endurance look.
We kept the stock front end and then we added two small tube frames to support the fairing: the lower one is covered in black paint and sustains the headlight and the instrument while the second one is chromed and is linked to upper sides of the windshield.
The Motogadget Chronoclassic was the perfect choice in our opinion because it's the best of both worlds: analogic look and modern technology. And it allowed us to clean all the area around the handlebar.
When i said we had to keep everything stock or so it didn't mean we couldn't change anything or replace some parts with something better. One key element for any Ducati is a dry clutch: unfortunately there was no replacement kits for this model so we decided to buy a complete system by Kbike for a Ducati 848 and adjust it to this engine.
And then we designed a full exhaust system and contacted our friends at Mass Exhaust and have it made by them. It's a full stainless steel element with new headers and a double cone single muffler with an angled exit.
The livery was another challenging decision and after a lot of thoughts and proposals we decided to reinterpret the iconic colors of the model that was our inspiration from the beginning: the blu-silver combo of the 1976 900 SS.
The hardest part was to find the best way to adapt the colors and the lines of the original paint scheme to the totally different forms of our bodywork. Even with some concessions i think we reached a great result and a good sinthesys beetween keeping the vintage look and enhance our work.
All the body parts are built in carbon-reinforced resin apart from the side panles that are made from aluminium. Two different tails have been developed, a single-seater and a two-seaters: the owner can choose which one to use depending on the ride he wants to go for.
The bike gathered a lot if success in its first outing at the 2020 Verona Motor Bike Expo and won the second prize in the Cafe Racer category in the Lowride Bike Show. Now it's time for her to hit the road and give his owner the feelings he wanted and deserves!