Awesome Custom Ducati Scramblers Make Appearance at Verona Motor Bike Expo

After launching their new Scrambler in late 2014, Ducati has sent three bikes to three custom builders and asked them to go wild and creative with these machines. Deus Ex Machina, Officine Mermaid and Mr. Martini have been the lucky three workshops which have been chosen to deliver the first official custom Ducati Scrambler bikes, and they are ready to step into the spotlight now.
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These three bikes will be premiered at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo 2015 show in Verona, Italy, 23-25 January, which means that you can actually see them in the flesh if you are in northern Italy this weekend. Deus, Officine Mermaid and Mr. Martini received each a different Scrambler version, because the main idea behind the whole thing was not a contest between these modders but a very cool way to show people how wild the new Ducati machines can go. The custom shops received a Full Throttle, Urban Enduro and a Classic, respectively. Judging how cool the resulting Scramblers are is up to you.

Hondo Grattan by Deus Milan

Deus’ Milan-based HQ delivers the Hondo Grattan dirt racer, a bike which got its name after the horse that won everything at the Harold Park race track in Sydney, Australia. Deus relocated the air filter inside the frame, added a larger front rotor, a custom shorty silencer and a race-inspired bodywork.

The tails section is a one-piece design, with a funny-looking azure suede solo seat, and a front fascia which acts as a race number plate and headlight casing. The diminutive front fender incorporates fork protectors and is there only for the sake of styling, as it will not be able to fend off mud and gravel.

Scratch by Officine Mermaid

Officine Mermaid remained faithful to the rough, spartan and basic approach to any bike they built, and this is why we dig their Scrambler quite a lot. The metal fenders have been hand brushed and left as they were because they were going to get all dirty and scratched anyway. The fork received a 21” enduro wheel shod with an aggressive knobby tire, while a matching 18” rear unit was the natural complement.

Everything which was not essential for riding the Scratch in the dirt has been tossed away and Dario Mastroianni even decided to chop off the stock silencer to make the bike tidier-looking and lighter. The Scratch also received a nifty menacing black paint in neat contrast with the golden rims and hubs and the brushed metal accents.

Scrambler Café Racer by Mr. Martini

Mr. Martini has a long history in dealing with Ducati machinery, and the modding kits they’ve created are true pieces of art. For some reason, the SCR is the one we like best, most likely because of the smooth aggressiveness oozing from this build. The Scrambler Café Racer hails back to both the American and the British origins, but manages to retain plenty of the initial Italian vibe.

Classic scrambler elements such as the high custom exhaust pipes and silencer and the knobbies are reminiscent of off-roading capabilities, while the reworked front and tail section introduce the café-racer-specific road going elements. Mr. Martini also relocated the foot pegs, handlebar mounts and replaced the rear suspension for a performance-oriented character and true on-off nerve for their creation.

More photos are sure to arrive next week after the Motor Bike Expo 2015 in Verona so watch this space for more custom Ducati Scrambler goodies. As well, you can also visit your local Ducati dealer and ask for a catalog of aftermarket parts and accessories and have your personal Scrambler version delivered. Of course, you can also visit your local builders and get a good taste of what real custom motorcycles are like.
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