Commissioned, built and launched just in time for Wheels and Waves, Ducati had a stunning answer for the launch of BMW's Path 22 last weekend.
Approached by Ducati and French magazine Moto Heroes, brothers Sylvain and Florent Berneron quickly began to wonder which direction they should go.
The question was then, what should we do with it? We had a few rides on the Scrambler while we were still discussing the project, the bike handles really well and is very fun to ride, but for us a Scrambler is a bike you want to live with. I mean you’ll scratch it, go through mud and dirt, even lose the front here and there and fall over, so if you want to spend money on it, it will most probably be to change tires and brake pads to keep the fun coming. We didn’t feel like putting all our parts and labour into a bike of that design because it would make it too shiny for what it's purpose really is. So, from that point, it was clear that we would turn the Scrambler into something else, something faster and cleaner.
Being road people they naturally fell on the classic cafe racer, just packed with modern technology. Sylvain explains that the decision was fairly simple "When I was doing my research, I noticed that a lot of the original 1962 Scramblers ended up being café racers back then, the bike was so light that you could brake very late and turn quick.” He wanted to build a proper Cafe Racer for Ducati, saying "the Monster is now liquid cooled and became a high performance roadster over the years. If you look for an old school engine, something strong and simple in 2015 there is not so many bikes to choose from."
With that in mind they started putting out feelers to potential suppliers. They wanted to save weight and add power wherever possible. In the process they dropped some 40 lbs.
The aftermarket jumped at the opportunity, Pirelli sent racing and road slicks, Rotobox sent the Carbon Wheels, Beringer was responsible for slowing it all down. Werkes USA provided the music, Rizoma the milled goodies and brackets, while Cognito Moto was responsible for that gorgeous rear loop.
The Hero1 looks like it should of rolled out of Borgo Panigale, but that's a testament to the quality of work the Hammer put into this build.
- Redesigned subframe developed and made in house
- Custom battery box to store all the wiring and electronics
- The seat has been entirely made in house
- Front end swap for a set of 43mm upside down SHOWA forks
- Reworked triple clamps and steering head
- Custom mountings for the headlight and speedo
- Modified wiring harness
- Silencer fitted to stock headers
- Custom mounts and spacers to fit the brakes and rims
- New side stand clears custom rear sets
- One-off front fender
- Custom cut away engine covers
- Modified tank and frame
Would you be willing to buy this from the factory? I would, 2 please...