Cafe Ducati from Vietnam 06 July 15
With a special love for the traditional Ducati, biker guy Nguyen Nam has changed the Monster 1000 into a Cafe Racer with a style of his own.
Nguyen Hoang Nam has had his passion for custom bikes since he was in high school. He says, "no one here has dared to 'break' a Ducati to customize into a Cafe style Racer". So, he decided to do this himself and embark on the project based on an original 2000 Ducati Monster 1000.
Right from the first look, this is a Cafe Racer with a style not readily found on the streets of Vietnam. He says "there are other Cafe Racers with original engines and frames which make them heavy machines. This Cafe Racer, has 1000cc of power available to help control maneuverability on the streets or in the twisties".
The design follows the rules of a Cafe Racer to bring the bike classic looks with a modern twist. The bike has a pair of Ohlins front forks and Brembo brakes taken from a Panigale 1199. The circular headlight looks traditional but utilizes LED technology, and the instruments are all digital with an LCD monitor. The ECU is from a 2011 Monster 1100.
Nguyen Nam's bike uses the single sided swing arm and wheels from a Monster S4RS combined with Brembo brakes to give great stopping power. The bike also has an Ohlins rear shock absorber and gas tank from a Ducati Sport Classic 1000, as well as a nice cafe seat. For more details, all the timing belts and cooling pipes are exposed and the exhaust is part from a Monster S2R.
Everything is finished off with a subtle but stunning dark and red paint job, which is complemented by all the Rizoma parts he has used.
Alan Goodsell , 06 July 15