Most retailers have a motorcycle or two quietly lurking within the nook. They’re normally private initiatives that solely get consideration throughout gaps between ‘actual’ jobs. And that’s the story of this charming 1974 Ducati Scrambler 350.
Paul and Linda—the husband and spouse crew at November Customs—first noticed the Ducati when a close-by store imported it from Spain. They actually purchased it because it was being off-loaded, with the intention of giving it a lightweight sprucing. However as soon as they’d it highway authorized and registered within the UK, it obtained relegated to the nook.
“It sat at the back of the shed for a few years ready to be labored on,” says Paul. “Effectively—once I say shed, I imply the both the lounge or the eating room in addition to the shed. We don’t have a lot house for our bikes, so now we have to maneuver them round relying on wants!”
Paul’s not exaggerating—November Customs is run out of a cramped wood shed of their yard, in a small city within the northeast of England. However that didn’t cease them from blowing us away with their Zephyr 750 just a few weeks again.
Once they lastly discovered time to show screws on the Ducati, it solely took just a few months to finish. It was speculated to be a easy resto, however it morphed into one thing extra—and we’re glad it did.
To begin, Paul and Linda altered the rear of the body to straighten out the Scrambler’s kicked up tail. Then they modified the unique rear mudguard to take a seat decrease within the body and match the rear wheel higher.
The inventory seat pan was too rusted to be helpful, so the duo made a brand new one, capping it off with black leather-based upholstery. Then they raised the gasoline tank’s rear mounts a contact, in order that all the things would sit good and stage.
Off got here the air field, together with any unneeded body tabs. November then fabricated up an aluminum bell mouth for the carb to breathe by way of, masking it with mesh to maintain particles out. The exhaust system consists of the unique headers, cleaned up and wrapped, with an aftermarket muffler.
As you possibly can inform, the motor was handled to a supreme cleanup too. Paul and Linda stripped it, aqua-blasted the circumstances, after which rebuilt it with a coat of satin black paint. (They initially tried sharpening them, however the look wasn’t working.)
Figuring out that they weren’t planning to make use of a rev counter, the couple realized they may mess with the bevel drive casing with none negative effects. In order that they took it off, bored out the middle on a lathe, and turned up an aluminum ring for it. With the addition of a Perspex insert, they now had a window for his or her bevel drive.
It’s not simply the motor that appears model new—November additionally went to the difficulty of updating the suspension. The rear shocks are from Tec, and have been initially meant for an additional undertaking. And the entrance forks are a set of WPs from both a KTM 125 or 390 Duke (Paul’s undecided which).
Becoming the forks was a serendipitous course of. First, the Ducati steering stem could possibly be fitted to the KTM yokes with just some mods. Then, it turned out that the steering stops on the body nonetheless labored completely with the brand new entrance finish.
Issues obtained even higher when Paul was mocking up the entrance wheel, and found that the diameter of the Ducati’s entrance axle matched the KTM forks completely. So he merely trimmed its size to match.
That additionally meant operating the Scrambler’s authentic drum brake up entrance, so November shaved off the radial brake mounts on the forks, then refurbished them with new fluids and seals. A brace was made to lock the drum brakes, and to carry a small, custom-made fender.
For the remainder of the undertaking, Paul and Linda combined restored authentic elements, with rigorously chosen upgrades. Each the taillight and headlight are authentic, however they have been refreshed with NOS lenses. The taillight additionally had its plate mount trimmed off earlier than being powder coated, and the entrance gentle was repainted and mounted on new brackets.
The cockpit consists of Renthal bars, reproduction Triumph levers and new cables. The speedo’s a brand new outdated model unit from Smiths. To maintain issues tidy, the switches have been relocated to only beneath the seat, on the fitting facet.
November additionally sourced and put in new footrest rubbers with Ducati logos molded into them. The tires are Firestone copies: “I do know it will get haters saying stuff about them,” admits Paul, “however we like them, and in any case we construct bikes for ourselves first. We do even have some enduro tires we are able to placed on although, ought to we really feel that approach.”
The body, swing arm and wheels have been all powder-coated gloss black. And the bodywork was painted in an outdated Jaguar burgundy, complemented by some off-white panels, and authentic Ducati badges.
November Customs have struck a stability between customizing the Ducati, and nonetheless staying in contact with its origins. And that makes this one of many neatest restomods we’ve seen.
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