Front End Swap!

Back at Roger Goldammer’s shop again! This time he is going to retrofit the whole front end with Ducati 748 front forks, triple clamps and the Ducati Sport Classic front wheel and brakes. This will make a huge impact on how the front end will look. It a much ‘beefier’ front end and the forks are ADJUSTABLE. Good news for track day!

This round of modifications didn’t take near as long as the rear swing arm did, it was less work. In fact, Roger had a lot less machining to do, as it was just a matter of making a new yoke to fit inside the 92 Supersport frame neck and attach to the 748 triple clamps. The forks are the same length it’s just that the spoke front wheels really stand out and make the real difference. This is a fundamental change in appearance. Before these changes the bike looked shorter but now she looks more stretched out and elegant. I can see the final image in my head… I’ve sketched it a million times in different media. But nothing compares to see it done in real life…. Amen.

PEACE, LOVE & PUNK ROCK

 

 

 

The disassembly and purchase of major parts… (Charisma gets ‘naked) lol

I started taking the body panels off and then went as far as taking off the rear wheel to see how the Paso swing arm and Sport Classic rear wheel would fit. I then put it back together so I could roll her up the ramp into my old faithful Astro van.

I have been calling this bike ‘Lella’ for years, short for Daniella Ducati. But I wanted a name that started with the letter ‘L’ in honour of the L-twin engine configuration, so ‘Lella’ stuck. But since this bike will be to ride AND show, at random motorcycle shows I decided to give her a ‘stage name’ so to speak. Her stage name is ‘Charisma’…. because she’ll have tons of it!

I’ve ordered some parts off of ebay, the 2008 Sport Classic wheels, the 1990 Sport 750 fuel tank, the 1989 Paso swingarm, and the 748 front forks, came in the mail.  I can hardly wait to see how they look on the bike so I decided to take the body panels off so I can hold them up in their respective places and just “imagine” what it will look like. I started taking the body panels off out of shear boredom. After an hour or so in the shed, I had ‘stripped’ her down and voila’, naked bike!

Parts take forever to arrive in the mail…or maybe it’s just me, in eager anticipation of their arrival, but I have to say this project is going reeeeally slowwwwwly. I can’t wait to get into fabrication!!!

 

Rear Brakes!

After Roger installed the swing arm, he moved on to fabricating a mount and some spacers to locate the rear brake set up. I think it looks ‘scookum’.  I’m looking forward to trying out the new suspension and rear brake set up. I wonder how the bike will feel after all of these modifications. The Paso swing arm and mono shock are much heavier than the stock Supersport parts, so I imagine it will be more ‘bottom heavy’. In my opinion it should keep the bike feel more planted to the road during cornering.

I brought her home after Roger did his magic on the rear section of the bike. I could hardly wait to see what the Sport 750 tank would look like so I removed the original one and set the new one on the frame just to get an idea… and WOW! It looks radical!! I’m very happy with the lines and the naked look. It is really starting to look like a retro café racer now. Imagine what it will look like once we get the front forks and Sport Classic front wheel on.  I am very excited to get to the next phase of modifications!

 

PEACE, LOVE & PUNK ROCK

 

 

 

 

Ducati Cafe Racer Swing Arm Installed

After I took the body panels off and assessed the situation, I collected the new/used parts I purchased from eBay and brought them to Rogers shop. I laid them all out as he tried to talk me out of it (of course). Then he told me to take most of it home, but to leave the swing arm.  I knew at this point that she was in good hands.

I asked “how much and how long?”. Roger just looked at me and shrugged “I don’t know”. See there comes a time in a mans life when he just has to ignore all of the screaming voices that say WARNING and just trust another man to do a good job and ask fair pay for rendered services. In this case I learned that you just have to leave your bike at the shop, walk away, and wait for the text or phone call that says “Your bike is ready.”

I don’t know exactly how long I waited for Roger to install the swing arm, but it was close to 6 months. My bike was just waiting in line for her turn.  I knew eventually Roger would get to it, but man alive… I was chomping at the bit in anticipation!! When I got the text I was excited, when I saw her all changed up with the Paso swing arm installed I was ecstatic. I envisioned this day for months, heck years even! But man was I pleased to see my vision actually starting to take form, after all it was the first major modification performed in a lengthy line of “surgeries” that had to be performed in order to get the visual impact I desired. It was worth the wait…and healthy sum of funds.

See you on the flip side!

PEACE LOVE & PUNK ROCK

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Major Parts Purchased and Disassembly… Charisma gets ‘naked’ ;)

I have been calling this bike ‘Lella’ for years, short for Daniella Ducati. But I wanted a name that started with the letter ‘L’ in honour of the L-twin engine configuration, so ‘Lella’ stuck. But since this bike will be to ride AND show, at random motorcycle shows I decided to give her a ‘stage name’ so to speak. Her stage name is now ‘Charisma’…. because she’ll have tons of it! lol

I’ve ordered some parts off of Ebay: the 2008 Sport Classic wheels, the 1990 Sport 750 fuel tank, the 1989 Paso swing-arm, and the 2001 748 front forks, came in the mail.  I could hardly wait to see how they look on the bike so I decided to take the body panels off so I can hold them up in their respective places and just “imagine” what it will look like. I started taking the body panels off out of shear boredom. After an hour or so in the shed, I had ‘stripped’ her down and voila’, naked bike!

Parts take forever to arrive in the mail…or maybe it’s just me, in eager anticipation of their arrival, but I have to say this project is going reeeeally slowwwwwly. I can’t wait to get into fabrication!!!

 

1987 Chevy Astro-Nomical Hot Wheels Conversion

Welcome! Here you will see the beginning of my 1997 Chevy Astro Van conversion to a Hot Wheels style van. Plans include a 2001 front clip and 1991 Cadillac taillights….for now.

 

 

 

 

Before I take the 1992 Ducati SuperSport motorcycle apart

Welcome to my project! Join me as I document the restyling of my 1992 Ducati SuperSport 750 (AKA Charisma) She is my first bike, we’ve been together for years. I learned to ride on her, I learned to race on her and we’ve travelled thousands of kilometers together all over Southern British Columbia, I love my motorbike!

I’ve enjoyed her stock appearance and performance for all these years but now it’s time for a change.

I’m going to alter and modify just about everything on her, the only parts that will remain on the motorcycle is the frame and engine but even those will be altered significantly.

The design challenge is to create a vintage looking moto gp/café racer using mostly Ducati parts from other models..(and a few aftermarket pieces), essentially creating a “Frankenbike” on a budget. Come along for the ride!

Peace, Love and Punk Rock

Tonino J Patane’