Flying Hermans' Ducati Cafe Racer
By Anthony van Someren - 18 Mar 13
It's hard to believe that this pristine looking bike was totalled after a crash last year, as not only has it been totally rebuilt, it's become one of the nicest Ducati Sport Classic 1000s we've come across - and we've seen a few.
The owner, Andy, is part of a group of crazy Belgians who ride in a cafe racer club called the Flying Hermans, which they started up a couple of years so. Last summer he crashed his pride and joy on a ride, and although it was a insurance write-off Andy simply couldn't let the bike go so he decided to rebuild it, with "one or two few improvements"...
Purists, look away now, ...because, Andy needed a new frame and the donor was a limited edition Paul Smart replica, which he painted black. (Gulp). The gas tank also came from a PS1000LE, which unlike his original bike is cut flat at the front to accommodate a steering damper and the fairing mounts, which he wasn't gonna need, so this was modified. What Andy also did before re-painting the tank - in his shed - was to strip it back and leave a clear fuel window, echoing the way Ducati racers used to check fuel levels at the track side back in the 1970s. It works too.Andy wants us to give his special thanks to Bart, aka 'de langen', who helped him to make the seat and did the painting, and a hug for his long-suffering wife, Anneke, for the many hours she spent alone in the house while he was in his shed. Amen to that. Photos by Fred at True Biker Spirit