1975 Ducati 860 CUSTOM BUILD
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1975 Ducati 860 CUSTOM BUILD

Wow. Here is your once in a lifetime chance to own the famous "Cavallo Nero" a 75 Ducati 860 build by Bryan Heidt in Atlanta.

The bike started as a motor and frame and after Heidt stuck an old Benelli Mojave tank on the frame he decided to have this bike built. The plan was to keep a classic look, but make the Ducati handle and stop like a modern sport bike. On went a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750 front end, a Yamaha R6 rear shock, and Ducati SportClassic wheels.

Heidt decided to take the modern-but-classic theme up a notch. The stock Dell’Orto carburetors worked great, so those got to stay. The carbs and engine cases were then vapor-honed to make them better than new.

The electronics were a different story. “The stock stator only put out 110 watts. This wasn’t going to cut it with a new digital ignition, Motogadget m-Unit and Motoscope Pro gauges.

So a stator from a more modern 900 Super Sport was fitted. Putting out a more desirable 200 watts, it keeps the H4 xenon headlight bright and the lithium-ion Antigravity battery fully charged.

He kept the front hub from the SportClassic wheel, but swapped the rear for a KLR650 item to beat chain clearance issues. Both hubs were then laced to lightweight SuperMoto rims and wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. The front tire is covered by a cut - down carbon fiber fender from a Monster 800, and mounted using a fabricated stainless steel bracket.

To match the clip - on handlebars from the GSX-R front end, the stock foot pegs were removed in favor of a pair of GSX-R rearsets - which puts the rider in a more performance-oriented position.

The swingarm has been cleaned up and braced for the R6 mono-shock conversion, and the rear half of the frame is new. To top it off, there’s a custom hand - formed aluminum tail cover that gives the seat more of a race bred appearance.

On a similar note, the stock Benelli tank had become extremely popular in the custom world, and would no longer set the bike apart. So Heidt cut out the sides and added some more dramatic lines.

It was painted in a dark graphite Mercedes-Benz metallic along with some small, detailed touches and a classic Ducati graphic - to give the paint an almost factory look.

With updated electronics and finely tuned carburetors, the bike fires up the instant you press the Motogadget M - switch. The exhaust rumbles through custom stainless pipes and a pair of reverse megaphone mufflers.

The inverted race forks and rear shock allow the rider to hug corners like the Ducati designers could have only dreamed of 40 years ago. And to cope with the newfound acceleration, radial calipers and 320mm rotors provide ample amounts of stopping power.

All the nuts and bolts were swapped for stainless steel, and everything but the tank and tail is either powdercoated or anodized.

Stock #: R1692


Miles: 45.00

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