Patience is not one of our strongest traits here at the BSMC and this feature is proof of that pudding, as we shouldn’t have pressed the ‘Publish’ button on this story till we had the full info and spec from the guys at Louis Jubi, but, “have pics, will post” seems to have won out.
So – while we are waiting for the lowdown on this WalzWerks built machine, we can tell you it’s been teased for a while now, with grainy sepia shots on facebook – but what makes this bike interesting for us is simply that it’s a lovely take on a bike we already love, the Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Monoposto – a bike that in standard trim is fast becoming an iconic collectors item in itself.
What this donor bike has is an old-school style Ducati frame – giving the flat upper line which, unlike most Ducatis, allows a proper cafe seat and tank, plus it has a rear loop already in place. Combine all this with a modern, reliable Ducati Dual Spark Motor (as per the Monster and Hypermotard) and up-to-date running gear with upside down forks and relatively light spoked wheels, with a wide rear rim that can accommodate a 180 tyre. In other words, old school ideas with new (ish) school thinking.
Since Ducati stopped making these in 2008 no-one has stepped-up with anything similar. However, the bugbear with these bikes were – and still are; a fat ugly rear seat (US market? LOL), giant upright Monster clocks (cheap, parts-bin nonsense) and a long & lumpy tank that melts the minute you fill with ethanol rich fuel (doh)… So, new tank, new seat, new headlight and instruments – Job done. Full Ohlins all round is nice touch, too.
Anyway, that enough from us for now. We’ll re-edit this story when the Louis Jubi crew get back to us with more, so save this page. …Everyone is gonna want to know where that exhaust is from…