We have been introducing quite a few Radical Ducati models in recent months, and the reason for that is that this bunch of Spaniards definitely know their way around a Ducati. The Madrid-based workshop led by founders Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon has already gifted us with such masterpieces as the fierce RAD 02 Imola, the all-thrills no-frills Ducati 900 Supersport Matador, the scary Vendetta (as well as some non-Ducati creations such as the Dirt-RAD and Pata Negra), so, whenever we get the news that they are about to release a new model, we are all ears.
This time around, they have dropped the minimalistic approach that characterizes most of their latest production in favour of a more racing-oriented take, and what they have come with is once again pretty awesome: meet the Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva, based - you guessed it - on the glorious Ducati 749R.
The overall aesthetics of this model are somewhat reminiscent of the old Laverdas and are wittingly focused on a vintage vibe that is largely emphasized by that head-lamp, bolted on the front fairing in seemeingly hasty way. The carbon fiber bodywork has been created by Radical Ducati itself, while other highlights include a new fork from Swedish master Ohlins and braking system courtesy of Brembo. The whole list of mechanical interventions is available after the jump, but if you want to know more about the 7½ Sportiva and the whole Radical Ducati production, you can also take a look at their official website.
Radical Ducati is a Spanish workshop specialized in turning Ducati bikes into special one-of-a-kind motorcycles. In the past months we have bumped into a few very interesting models created by this lively company, and their latest output is this fantastic ‘Matador’, based on a 1998 900 Supersport i.e. and powered by the original 904 cc Desmodue engine with electronic fuel injection.
Pepo Rosell and Ramon Reyes, the two owners of the workshop, have completely disassembled the entire body of the 900 Supersport: the frame has been modified, while the engine has undergone a thorough upgrading which included the addition of high compression heads and pistons and a lighter flywheel. The exhaust system has been revised too, with the addition of 2-into-1 manifolds by Wolfman and a new end can by Spark, while a new air filter is supplied by MWR.
At the front the 900 Supersport Matador sports special ergal billet plates and riser as well as conical handlebars by Rizoma. The head light was lifted from a HD V-Rod, which is perfectly integrated whole, while the minimalistic instrumentation is a small digital multifunction unit made by Aviacompositi Ages. Then we have a carbon fiber front mudguard and a rear section borrowed by the Rad02 Corsa Evo kit, made of the same material but slightly modified to fit the purpose. The original tank got modified as well and now uses a cool Lightech cap. All wiring is concealed from view, while braking comes from a Brembo system with four-piston calipers. Tires of choice would be the Pirelli Diablo Corsa. More info and images can be found at the Radical Ducati’s official website, blog and facebook page.
Today we are about to introduce a very special bike built by renowned Spanish specialist Radical Ducati, a Madrid-based customizer that has gained itself worldwide fame for its work on various Ducati models such as the Streetfighter, the 1198, the 1098, the 848 and the mighty Monster, all of which had undergone some radical treatment which made them quite different from the original model. Some people can find them beautiful, some other might think they’re ugly, but all of them are certainly worthy of note.
The bike featured in this gallery and in the videoclip above is the RAD 02 Imola Step 2, a wicked motorcycle that is as naked as it gets and uses an aluminum rear subframe, carbon fiber mudguards, rims courtesy of Italian master Marchesini, carbon fiber single seat, carbon fiber tank cover and a cool exhaust system by Spark. The engine comes from a Ducati Monster 900 SS IE, while the fork got lifted from a 749S. The bodywork - quite impactful indeed - is inspired by one of the most iconic models from Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer, the Ducati 750 SS Imola, which made history when riders Paul Smart and Bruno scored a jaw-dropping one-two scored at the first ‘200 miles of Imola’ in 1972.
To cut it short, the guys from Radical Ducati (in the video we can see “Pepo” and “Wolfman” during the ‘making of’) put all those ingredients together to create what we might call a work of contemporary art. Price-wise, Rad bikes are certainly not for everyone: the cost of a lightweight frame alone (and we are talking about a piece weighing only 4.2 kg) is around 4000 €, one of those fancy aluminum tank wouldn’t cost you less than 1500 €, whereas the carbon fiber saddle is priced at about 250 €. Nothing has been revealed in terms of performance, but with a body as light as that the RAD 02 Imola should not let you down in that department either.
Just a few days after the launch of the Dirt-RAD, which is based on a 1989 Yamaha XT 600, the nice guys from Spanish aftermarket company Radical Ducati go back to their first love, the Ducatis, introducing this new special bike: meet the Pata Negra.
The model is an evolution of the RAD 02 Montjuich, which has been perfected even further by the Madrid-based tuner. Frame, rear frame, front bracket and swingarm are made of aluminum, while carbon fibre has been used for all of its fairing bits: fuel tank and mudguards included. Besides, the Pata Negra comes with a slew of top notch components such as Rizoma footpegs, EVR electronics, K service suspension, Discacciati braking system and a 2 in 1 exhaust system by Wolfman with a Spark megaphone muffler.
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Sooner or later, it was bound to happen anyway. For once, Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon of renowned aftermarket company Radical Ducati put their love for the Italian desmo machines aside and turned their attention to a Japanese motorcycle from the 80s, and the result is the awesome bike you can admire in these pictures. The model is called Dirt-Rad and is based on a pretty famous motorcycle, a 1989 Yamaha XT 600.
The original frame was cut, modified and connected to the fork of a FZR600, the engine was re-built with new ported heads and the exhaust system is made of Wolfman ‘2-in-1′ connecting pipes and terminates with a captivating Spark GP megaphone. The Dirt-RAD comes with 18″ wheels with aluminum Akront rims and stainless steal spoke fitted with Pirelli Skorpion tyres, whereas the braking system was lifted from a Ducati S4RS. The fuel tank comes from 1970’s Ducati 250, while the saddle is borrowed from a Pursang Bultaco.
This Dirt-RAD by Radical Ducati uses in-house hand-built mudguards, the front one made in aluminum and the rear one in carbon fibre. Other remarkable features of the model include Hagoon rear shock, Rizoma handlebar, Puch head light and an aluminum road racing chain guard taken from a Ducati 916. The Madrid-based company will soon show off its Dirt-RAD at the second edition of the “Metamorfosis Masiva“, a style contest open to single cylinder bikes only.
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Renowned tuning company Radical Ducati has teamed up with Dragon TT designers to create a new bodykit for the current Ducati Superbikes range called Vendetta and - true to their name - what they have come up with is something more than a simple ‘facelift’. In fact, any Ducati 848/1098/1198 that will undergo the Vendetta treatment will end up looking like a completely different beast.
The Vendetta bodykit presented by the two Spanish companies makes the Ducatis look slimmer, more compact and, in a way, more aggressive. It doesn’t require any particular intervention to get fitted on the bike and is available in both carbon fiber and fiberglass. In comparison to Ducati’s standard bodywork, the tank is bigger, the air flow around the bike better (which should translate into better performance as well) and, quite obviously, it is lighter.
More specifically, the Vendetta kit consists of: front fairing with 2 high beam and 2 low beam ellipsoidal lights , windscreen, aluminum front bracket, sidepanels with incorporated blinkers, bellypan, fuel tank, air funnels, single seat with incorporated leds rear light, seat under-tray and silencers adaptors. We can hear Ducati purists’ teeth grinding but… what else could you ask for?
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The guys from Radical Ducati have created another machine - this RAD 02 Corsa Evo, which is a higher performance, track going version of the RAD 02 Corsa. The reigning principle behind the Evo version has been to create a beautiful superbike that is even lighter than the previous standard model.
The short tail end is made from carbonfibre and other composite materials have also been used for the frame. Spanish designer Carlos Beltran has created the rear part of the bike, while at the front we see the slender work of the Dragon TT studio. The only thing in common with the previous Corsa is the fuel tank which Radical Ducati says was too perfect to change.
The motor used is an ST3 engine - the same three-valve desmo which equipped the sport touring model, while the chassis has been developed from the latest Superbike models, but reworked in aluminium. Specific figures aren’t available, but more kilos would definitely have been shaved off the 130 kg dry weight of the RAD 02 Corsa.