Bespoke Ducati Multistrada Replaces Stock ADV Attire With Handmade Cafe Racer Overalls

Ducati Multistrada Cafe Racer 10 photos
Photo: STG Tracker
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Marcelo Obarrio and Germán Karp are something of a dream team, building custom marvels as STG Tracker down in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At first, the shop was a solo venture founded by Marcelo, who’d completed his very first professional build back in 2013. Things quickly began to snowball from there, and he was eventually joined by Germán to handle the ever-increasing workload that came with STG’s rise in popularity.
Together they’ve crafted some of the raddest bespoke motorcycles to ever emerge from Latin America, such as the tasty Suzuki GN250 bobber we’ve looked at a while ago. Now, the bike pictured above doesn’t have much in common with their GN250 project, but it’s just as intriguing and full of character. Seeking to build a Ducati cafe racer with neo-retro vibes, Marcelo and his teammate took the unconventional route right from the get-go.

Whereas most people would probably pick a Ducati Monster for this type of conversion, STG threw the rulebook straight out the window. They went with a Multistrada 1200S from the model-year 2011, because doing things the hard way can sometimes be a lot more fun than sticking to the beaten path. Oh, and of course, the chosen donor is truly fantastic from a mechanical standpoint.

Bologna’s road-focused ADV draws power from a liquid-cooled 1,198cc L-twin, which is capable of mustering up to 150 stout Italian ponies. The engine also offers plenty of torque at 88 pound-feet (119 Nm), and it gets channeled to the rear wheel via a six-speed transmission. Premium Brembo brakes with ABS and electronically adjustable suspension are part of the package, as well.

Those technical specs are nothing to sneeze at, for sure, but they don’t change the fact that giving a Multistrada the cafe treatment is a monumental feat. STG’s bike-modding connoisseurs were happy to embrace the challenge, though, and the outcome speaks volumes about their skillset. First things first, Marcelo and Germán did away with the Duc’s original subframe, bodywork, and front-end equipment, among other items.

Ducati Multistrada Cafe Racer
Photo: STG Tracker
With the factory outfit removed, the motorcycle’s stunning trellis frame was fully exposed in all its glory, so a similar structure had to be installed at the back. STG fashioned a matching trestle subframe from scratch and had it cloaked in the same red finish as the main skeleton. Furthermore, the latter’s triangular gaps have been enclosed with custom-made panels, so as to keep any unsightly wiring well out of sight.

Up top, we’re greeted by a new fuel tank made of aluminum, featuring knee indentations and a flush-mounted filler cap. Things are no less enticing at the back, where STG Tracker fitted a carbon fiber tail section with cafe racer geometry. Above it lies a gorgeous saddle with two types of upholstery and honeycomb pattern stitching, embellished with a bit of red thread color-matched to the framework.

All the aforementioned parts, along with a small front fender, have been manufactured in-house by Marcelo and his accomplice. The guys saw no need to mess with the Multistrada’s running gear at six o’clock, but they promptly did away with its suspension, OEM hoop, and brakes at the front end. In order to get the stance just right, STG retrofitted a Ducati Panigale’s top-grade Ohlins forks where the standard items had once been.

Ducati Multistrada Cafe Racer
Photo: STG Tracker
The same Panigale donated its front hoop and higher-spec Brembo braking equipment, too, while the rims got wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Trail II rubber fore and aft. Although the stock instrumentation is still present in the cockpit, we now see aftermarket clip-ons replacing the factory handlebar. Further ahead, there is a state-of-the-art LED headlight boasting adaptive capabilities, but the project’s authors haven’t mentioned its origin.

Everything about the powertrain sector remained unchanged, save for some custom-built exhaust pipework that ends in an SC-Project silencer. You’ll see an assortment of carbon fiber add-ons placed all throughout this caffeinated Multistrada, and a fresh radiator cover replaces the standard unit from Ducati. The license plate will henceforth live nice and low on a swingarm-mounted bracket.

Last but not least, the final thing for us to talk about is the specimen’s color scheme. STG refrained from using too much paint here, instead preferring to let the exposed aluminum and carbon fiber work their visual magic. The gold Ohlins forks and red frame showcase the only considerable pinches of color on this machine, while retro Ducati logos adorn the otherwise unpainted gas tank.

When Germán and Marcelo were finally done with the transformation process, there was little to no resemblance between their custom cafe racer and a stock Multistrada 1200S. It might’ve been a lot easier for them to use a Monster variant for this endeavor, but we’d say a big part of its charm has to do with the odd choice of a donor bike. We applaud the Argentine duo for this incredible build and are hoping to see more two-wheeled eye candy from them soon!
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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