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Custom Ride: Pursang by Radical Ducati

Friday, March 29, 2013
Designed by Radical Ducati in Spain  this Mutistrada 1100 retains little of the original bike.
Designed by Radical Ducati in Spain, this Mutistrada 1100 retains little of the original bike.
When it comes to customizing a Ducati you have to be exceedingly careful to stay true to the marque and not add superfluous nonsense that'll have Ducati purists baying for human blood. I've seen a few "tweaked" Ducatis that looked utterly awful, and I'm sure you have too. Sometimes it's difficult to quantify exactly what's wrong with the modified bike, but everyone can see it and no one likes it. Other than the oblivious owner.

When it comes to people who customize Ducatis properly the current king of the hill is undoubtedly Radical Ducati based out of Madrid, Spain. They use a remarkable combination of technical and engineering prowess as well as aesthetic sensibility to create what are, in my humble opinion, the greatest custom Ducatis in the world.

This bike, dubbed "Pursang" by Radical Ducati, started life as a stock Multistrada 1100 - though very little of the original bike remains. The trellis chromoly frame was fabricated in house from bare tubing, the engine was reworked with ported heads, DP Camshafts, NCR titanium valves and it’s fitted with an EVR Antihooping dry clutch.

The suspension on the front and rear was tossed out in favor of a set of track-spec Ohlins units, the fuel tank and seat were both hand-fabricated from carbon fiber and a 2-into-1 WolfMan exhaust system was added for a bit of extra growl.
The finished bike was track tested shortly after it was built. The engine, suspension and carburetors were tweaked to give slightly better track-focused performance, as that's where it'll be spending most of its life.

From a looks perspective the Pursang is a stunning street-fighter-esque motorcycle that wouldn't look a whisker out of place in the New York Museum of Modern Art. To see more from Radical Ducati, visit www.radicalducati.com.

The track-spec Ohlins rear shock is matched with Ohlins forks out front.A two-into-one WolfMan exhaust system was added for a bit of extra growl.The trellis frame was fabricated in-house at Radical Ducati from bare tubing.

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mog   April 3, 2013 07:03 PM
To spend all that time and $ on a new trellis frame, then tag it with black tie-backs in no order, is not funky it is junky. The whole collection is made up of beautiful eye candy and superb functionality pieces. The collection of pieces fail any coherent design statement and appears quite busy and ugly. My old XB12 Buell (type) did end up in the Guggenheim Museum in NY, NY as a design of the century award winner by a mass of associated Industrial Design Professionals. Same weight and HP and will give that Duck a real run for its money.... believe me. The name Pursang was once a most menacing, powerful and winning two stroke Bultaco scrambler and dirt machine. The Ducati so named, is a nice bike but the cost must be rationalized somehow and someone has a lot of work to do to convince me of their rational. Historically speaking it is not up to the level of the Bultaco of the same name.
AnthonyD   March 29, 2013 06:54 AM
Look: http://static.blogo.it/motoblog/ducati-monster-s4r-1098/monster_s4r_1098_1.jpg The S4r actually looks better.
AnthonyD   March 29, 2013 06:52 AM
Or they could have just bought a Monster S4r and it would be the same bike with a warranty.