Any customizer will tell you that their work is made that much simpler by starting with a good foundation. Taiwan-based Rough Crafts found what might be the best base to start from with their Igneous Ripper build—a Ducati Hypermotard.
The Ducati Hypermotard 939 is built around a Testastretta L-twin motor that puts out 110 horsepower. The bike is a lightweight, coming in at only 450 pounds, and riders will tell you that it handles like a dream. But that didn’t stop Rough Crafts head honcho Winston Yeh from finding ways to make improvements. “My client really loves the Hypermotard vibe, and bought a brand new 939 after a very short test ride,” says Yeh. “But a couple of weeks later, it was obvious that the 870 mm seat height was too stressful for him—especially in Taipei city traffic, where there’s a lot of stop and go.” The need was clear—the Hypermotard needed a café racer makeover. “A street tracker came to our minds,” says Yeh, “a flat tracker-styled bike with regular street tires and brakes.”
Yeh got started by finding a front suspension with the right length. That turned out to be a set of Ohlins FGRT207 forks, which were mounted with a new top yoke from CNC Racing. Ohlins Racing also contributed a custom rear shock. The combination dropped the bike two inches in the front and one in the rear. Beringer brakes were then added as well as an Ohlins steering damper. BST carbon wheels were installed with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires. Yeh reached out to David Sanchez of BOTTPOWER for the tail. “The BOTT XR1 tail section has the perfect shape and size we liked,” states Yeh. “Plus it’s made out of super high quality carbon fiber.” A new subframe was needed to accommodate the tail, which has a custom pad from Kingsman Seat. MS Pro then fabricated a custom fuel tank and radiator shrouds.
The details keep rolling on this build, but the result is a bike that is both menacing and fun to ride—perfect for those busy Taipei streets.