Ridden, Not Hidden – Customized Ducati TT2 Tribute


We’ve all obtained a kind of mates who brings a special bike to each journey. After I first met Brendon Anthony a few years in the past, he was that man. It might be an F1 Ducati one week, Bimota DB1 the subsequent, and so forth. Brendon is a little bit of an Italian bike guru – specifically Ducati. On a more moderen journey, Brendan introduced out his Ducati TT2 tribute, and all of us promptly fell in love with it.

“I’ve at all times been keen on the Ducati Pantahs and I’ve constructed a couple of ‘specials’ through the years,” says Brendon. “The truth is, my twin sons, Des and Mo, owe their existence to a kind of machines after a very memorable day using my Bimota DB1 for the primary time across the racetrack in Collie, Western Australia.”

Side profile photo of a custom Ducati motorcycle parked at the beach

This penchant for Pantahs has additionally led Brendon down the darkish path of Ducati tuning. He’s an awesome rider and a gifted mechanic (as it’s a must to be to personal classic Ducatis). Additional to this, Brendon has spent a whole lot of time in his spouse’s dwelling nation of Japan – that means Brendon can navigate the Japanese import market with ease, which has allowed him to assemble huge swathes of uncommon and unique elements.

“The bike is a little bit of a elements bin particular and is loosely based mostly on the Ducati TT2 racing Pantahs of the early Eighties,” explains Brendon. “I’ve tried to make it as mild as potential with the largest engine that I may squeeze into the body.”

Detail photograph of a belt-driven Ducati motorcycle engine

Talking of the body – it’s from a late 80s Ducati 400 F3 (little brother to the long-lasting 750 F1). The engine is a 944cc unit, which Brendon thinks is almost certainly from an early 90s 900SS. The customized exhaust and muffler have been each made out of chrome steel. Ample gas is equipped by a pair of Keihin FCR39 flat slide carburettors. Mixed with the exhaust and a lightened flywheel, the engine spins up with nice haste.

Brendon has the uncanny potential to make one thing out of nothing, and a testomony to that is the air filters – they’re truly tea strainers that Brendon discovered at a $2 store. The belt covers are additionally customized. Produced from classic speaker grills discovered on the aspect of the highway, they have been solely alleged to be non permanent. Brendon says that folks preferred them he determined to go away them.

Detail photograph of a Ducati TT2 fuel tank

The remainder of the bike was assembled with weight discount in thoughts. The entrance fairing, tank and seat are all Harris-Ducati TT2-style fibreglass objects and the rearset footpegs are customized. No, the seat doesn’t present a lot in the best way of consolation however this isn’t precisely a BMW GS, is it?

Light-weight Marvic magnesium wheels scale back unsprung weight, as does the only 300mm fully-floating Brembo disc up entrance. Brendon says the only Goldline four-piston Brembo caliper gives greater than sufficient stopping energy for a motorbike of this weight and that this is the reason he opted for the only disc.

Detail photograph of a Ceriani NFI racing suspension setup for a Ducati motorcycle

The entrance forks are absolutely adjustable, quick-release racing forks from Ceriani. A Gilera Saturno donated them and if they appear fancy, that’s as a result of they’re. High shelf, period-correct elements like this are very uncommon and switch construct into an awesome one. The aluminium swingarm is Verlicchi and together with being a murals, it’s supported by a fully-adjustable Ohlins rear shock with a distant reservoir. Positioned slightly below the tank on the left hand aspect, the shock adjuster is true subsequent to the steering damper. This permits Brendon to regulate all of the suspension along with his left hand both on the site visitors lights or on the fly – a very clever design.

Detail photo of a Ducati engine with Keihin FCR carburettors

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As a nod to the bevel-era MHR (Mike Hailwood Reproduction), Brendon completed the bike in inexperienced, white and pink however tailored it to the TT2 type graphics. Identical to the race bikes (and as is correct for a motorbike of this pedigree), Brendan left an unpainted strip on the tank to watch the gas ranges. The wheels and body have been completed in a customized white paint. Ingeniously, Brendon added a couple of bottles of low-cost, pearlescent white acrylic nail polish to the combination to offer simply the correct quantity of sheen.

Detail photo of a Ducati TT2 fuel tank

What’s the bike wish to journey? Brendon explains it superbly.

“The bike is extremely nimble and very torquey,” Brendon beams proudly. “I by no means twist the throttle with out protecting the rear brake – I did extra wheelies on this bike within the first two weeks than I’d accomplished in 30 years of using.”

Side photo of a custom Ducati motorcycle

It’s apparent that this bike was constructed to be ridden, not hidden – as is evidenced by the chain lube splattered on the again wheel and the mud and grime protecting the nooks and crannies. Brendon has constructed a winner and he’s emblazoned the names of his two boys on the belt covers, in order that they’re at all times with him.

There are simply two issues for Brendon to determine now. Firstly – which of the boys will inherit this bike? And secondly, what’s he going to deliver to the subsequent journey? We’ll have to attend and see.

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