Stylistically, Evo Racers are all about chic cafe racer elements and tight proportions, but they remain fairly close to stock from a mechanical standpoint. That’s perfectly reasonable, of course, because Ducati’s titans come with abundant power and premium running gear straight from the factory. I mean, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, right?
Pictured in this article’s photo gallery is the very first machine put together by David and his crew as part of their Evo Racer program. The bike had previously been a 1098S from the model-year 2009, which acted as a proving ground for NCT’s ideas and was finalized in 2022. They scored the Italian sport bike from a nearby dealer, took it back to the shop, and had it dismantled to figure out how their transformation would unfold.
It all eventually began at the rear end, where you will now spot a custom subframe creating a straight, cafe-style bone line. The motorcycle’s reworked posture is undeniably ferocious, even more so than a stock 1098’s already-aggressive stance. Atop the new subframe, the Austrian workshop fitted a bespoke seat pan and tail section, both made of carbon fiber in-house.
NCT’s specialists placed a handmade leather saddle right ahead of the cafe racer tail we’ve mentioned above. This fresh seat is flanked by pointy side panels, which were also shaped from scratch with some good old carbon fiber. The same material appears in various other places, too, in the form of replacement timing belt covers and a tailor-made chain guard.
As you can imagine, the removal of this 1098’s fairing revealed some of its ugly electronics, and these have all been relocated behind the CFRP side covers. NCT then installed an aftermarket LED headlight by way of custom-built mounting hardware, before moving southward to the Duc’s cockpit area. There they added a pair of billet aluminum fluid reservoirs that look infinitely better than the factory parts.
In addition, we come across adjustable control levers and bar-end blinkers, the latter hailing from Motogadget’s inventory. Just like the license plate holder, Rizoma mirrors were sourced for the project but kept off while photographer Peter Pegam was working his magic with the camera. Everything else in the rider’s view remains stock, including the instrument cluster, clip-on handlebars, and fuel tank.
An ECU remap was carried out once the pipework had been secured in place, enabling the twin-cylinder motor to make the most of its new exhaust. The engine is said to have gained an additional 20 hp at the crank following the whole procedure, thus putting a total of 180 ponies in its stable. Impressive though this figure may be, it’s only one part of the equation.
The other has to do with weight, and this particular Evo Racer tips the scales at a mere 345 pounds (156 kg) on an empty stomach. That gives it an insane power-to-weight ratio, but the stunning color scheme is what makes everything come together nicely. It’s a tasteful mixture of British Racing Green, black, and gold highlights complemented by the Ohlins suspension.
Lastly, NCT hasn’t revealed any pricing information on their Evo commissions, so interested parties will need to get in touch through the firm’s website to find out more. Regardless of the cost, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth from these Austrian gurus, and worldwide shipping is also a rather convenient detail to top it all off.