Modified Ducati 748 Packs One-Off Bodywork Topped With Iconic Gulf Racing Livery

Are you prepared to witness two-wheeled grace in its most breathtaking form?
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At its core, the machine you see here is a 2002 Ducati 748. The authors behind this rolling masterpiece are none other than the aftermarket architects over at Denton Moto Collective, a Texas-based enterprise hosting some genuine talent under its roof. Let’s remind ourselves about the donor’s powertrain characteristics before diving into any details about the build itself.

Bologna’s two-wheeled behemoth is brought to life by a liquid-cooled 748cc L-twin mill that boasts a generous compression ratio of 11.5:1. The Italian bike supplies 96 wicked ponies at approximately 10,900 rpm and 55 pound-feet (75 Nm) of twist at 8,700 rpm. This force reaches a chain final drive through a six-speed transmission, leading to a dazzling 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration time of no more than 3.2 seconds.

Finally, the 748 prides itself on a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph). DMC’s moto masters began by discarding the entirety of the bike’s factory bodywork, except for its fuel tank. As soon as the stock outfit was removed, they wasted no time cutting the subframe to make way for a custom alternative that houses the relocated electrics.

After rewiring the machine to achieve a clean aesthetic, the crew went about topping the new subframe with a bespoke tail section they’ve fabricated in-house. You will also find a handsome half-fairing and a fresh headlight adorning 748’s front end, while a unique belly pan can be spotted underneath the engine. Although it is not present in these photos, we’d imagine the creature’s owner, Jon Ball, also topped the new tail with a single-seater saddle.

The finishing touch (and our favorite feature on this build) comes in the form of a drool-worthy paint scheme, which pays homage to the almighty Gulf Racing. All things considered, we’d be delighted to take this beauty for a spin, and I’ll bet you feel the same.


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