Mark Savory took a rather circuitous route to where he is today. An early interest in design then studies in engineering and computer science, a bit of IMSA racing, restoring a classic Ferrari, working in the computer field and then following all this with a dot com startup company that finally got it right (after two that didn’t), meant Mark was able to relax just a bit. Playing around with some design ideas based around a Ducati for a friend of his, the resulting Photoshop creation quickly raced around the Internet with everyone asking when it was going to be built or where they could get parts to build their own. Mark figured that sounded like an opportunity and a prototype was built and displayed at the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show, this prototype became the DesmoDevil, a Ducati transformed.
Mark sent us an update telling us he’s currently working on several customer projects plus making sure he completes delivery of three more DesmoDevils before Christmas. He says customers often take delivery in bare metal so they can have a local painter finish the bike to their specific taste. These Desmos travel to customers throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He says the DesmoDevil weighs in at 360 pounds and 92 horsepower but customer bikes often weigh less because of carbon fiber wheels and the like. A few have even been taken out on the track which surprises the heck out of onlookers, it doesn’t look like a racer.
You really should stop over at Mark’s site for an idea of where his design ideas are going, from some that appear to be mild refinements to a few that are just gorgeous redesigns. I’ve included a photo below of his upcoming MotoCafe which I like a lot.
This once again points out the varied routes many follow into the motorcycle building field and it’s encouraging to those readers of The Kneeslider who I know are working on some impressive Photoshop ideas of their own. Keep it up, you never know where it may lead.
As always, builders, let us know what you’re working on, we will feature what we can or if you happen to know of a builder that should be shown here, let us know. We’ll take a look.