Two trends have been running through the motorcycle world for some time, the cafe racer, which seems to be everywhere and the street tracker, great examples coming from builders like Mule, but not quite as prevalent on the street. Both styles, when well done, look great, but they're easy to get wrong and we've all seen those conversions with a few parts slapped on and you keep thinking if only the guy had taken more time to do it right, he'd really have something nice. Well, Alex Earle took his time and did it right, this Ducati tracker has the right look and the right stance, and best of all, you can benefit from all of his careful design and fabrication work because he's creating kits.
Beginning with his old Monster, Alex wanted to give it a new life. He had seen too many cafe racers and he really liked the brutal, purposeful look of flat trackers so the decision was made. He sketched his idea for the finished bike and then built a 1/5 scale model from foam, paper and styrene. The model, the Ducati motor and frame were 3D scanned so he could build the digital data. Using the data, a mold was milled for the bodywork. He then fabricated a new aluminum gas tank, header and wheel adapters. Alex says the bodywork comes out of the mold with the look of an OEM part.
The wheels are 19 inch front and rear, up front is an 80s Kawasaki unit and out back is a widened Harley front wheel. Lots of machining was required on both ends, but it looks like the work paid off. Maxxis tires give the wheels the proper tracker look.
The kits are planned for July of this year, they'll fit any first generation Monster and with easy mods will fit a Harley 1200S or a Triumph. No price yet.
I think he did a helluva job and if you're tossing around the idea of trading in your old Ducati, you might want to wait just a bit and see what one of these kits will set you back. Your new bike might just take a little wrench work instead.
Link: Earle Motors