One of my other favorite things to do besides photography……


Sometimes you just have to put down the camera for a bit & let your creative juices flow in another direction. So I was able to pick up an old 1965 Ducati in pretty rough shape & I’ve been working in my spare time to turn it into a cafe racer, or well, maybe an art project! It won’t be super fast but I might look super cool riding it to Starbucks! Here’s a photo essay from where I started to the point where I am now:

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This is how I found it in an old barn packed with motorcycles

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Back in our garage, in the design stage

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Took off the

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Trying to figure out the wiring

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My way of organizing the wiring harness

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I bought new rims and had them powder coated

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Now to design the seat. Won’t be so much for comfort but more for the “cool” factor. Layered wood with aluminum and eventually will have a small leather cushion to save my butt!

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Learning all kinds of new things: respoking the wheels

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I cut parts off the frame to make for a more sleek appearance, replaced the shocks with a mono shock and had the frame powder coated.

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I bought a custom made tank and polished it.

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Well, one casualty;  When using the angle grinder to cut off a piece to hold the battery, the blade snapped & flew up in my face. I was lucky. Just 15 stitches at Urgent Care and it didn’t hit my throat or eyes. Lesson learned: USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT!

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Almost there! Just a few more things & I’ll have it ready to ride to Starbucks! 

 

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