Unfortunately, when Ducati’s Sport Classics first came out, they were met with less than stellar sales—not because they aren’t good bikes, but because they were a bit ahead of their time. Well, now that time has come, and the Sport Classics line is finding a second life on the customisation market. Italy-based Greaser Garage perfectly illustrates why the Sport Classics name is on the rise with its redesigned Ducati SS1000.
Starting with a Ducati Sport Classic GT1000, Giorgio Pellegrino and the rest of his team at Greaser Garage got to work on the redesign. “The look is a homage to the classic style of the 1970s 900 SuperSport but designed on a more contemporary base. We started with a bunch of renderings then stripped the bike apart and began modelling the parts in clay onto the chassis,” explains Pellegrino. Fortunately, the bike had a tubular frame that would allow for custom work using clay—something that was new to the shop. The clay bucks were used to make moulds, that were then used to cast the five main components of the bike with a mix of carbon composites and hand-formed aluminium. That approach created the look of a monocoque build, but without sacrificing the convenience of the bike being built from individual elements. Carbon was used to form the front fairing, the tank, and the tail unit. Two brushed aluminium panels cap off the tank and the tail. Pellegrino kept the standard GT1000 airbox and fuel cell, but that required a few tweaks to the frame to fit the new tank. In the rear, LED lighting was integrated into the tail hoop. A pair of bespoke side panels also had to be developed.
The bike’s power comes from directly from the factory, though a custom exhaust was added. The GT1000 clutch was also swapped out in favour of a modified 848 dry clutch kit from KBike. The result is a bike that could be used as a daily commuter, at the client’s request. “The bike is now lighter than the stock model and it’s still easy to use every day,” says Pellegrino. Greaser Garage finished off the redesign with a striking blue and silver livery.