A Ducati Scrambler tweaked by a Zero engineer

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Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
A variety of of us who work at American bike producers are compulsive tinkerers. Indian’s design head, Ola Stenegärd, has been constructing choppers since eternally. And Brad Richards of Harley-Davidson at all times has one thing candy on his workbench.

Tom Zipprian is a mechanical engineer at California’s Zero Bikes—and he too likes to fill his valuable downtime with wrenching. He’s simply completed turning his Ducati Scrambler right into a road tracker, and it’s a complete sleeper construct.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
“I’ve been engaged on my 2016 Ducati Scrambler for about two years now,” Tom tells us, “with a easy venture transient: What if Bologna made a manufacturing unit Tremendous Hooligan racer?”

“I lastly completed the bike in time for the Quail Bike Gathering final month in Monterrey, and I’m honored to say that I took residence the Spirit of Scrambler award offered by the CEO of Ducati North America!”

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
At a look, Tom’s road tracker doesn’t look too far off the inventory 2016 Ducati Scrambler. But when the place to look, there’s a ton of fine stuff happening. It’s simply very stealthy.

“The best praise I obtain on the bike,” he says, “is when somebody seems to be at it and says ‘What did you even do to it?’ However the reality is, there wasn’t a single half on this bike that wasn’t labored over, and I take nice delight within the manufacturing unit appear and feel.”

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
A part of that manufacturing unit vibe is due to the Ducati’s new livery—which is remarkably on-brand. Tom stored the inventory gasoline tank, however had it painted in Alfa Romeo white, with recent vinyl graphics on the tank’s aluminum aspect panels.

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An even bigger job was jacking the Scrambler up with new suspension. There’s a set of Showa upside-down forks up entrance, lifted from a Ducati Panigale. They’re held by a set of CNC-machined triple clamps, which additionally accommodate an Öhlins steering dampener.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
The entrance brake setup options twin Brembo calipers, with the Panigale’s rotors. Tom’s additionally added a pair of carbon fiber fork protectors.

Out again is a modified Ducati 900 SS swingarm, hooked as much as an Öhlins shock. The rear set foot controls are borrowed from a Ducati Monster 1100 Evo. And should you look carefully, you’ll spot a number of carbon fiber costume up bits—together with engine covers that look vastly higher than the inventory plastic items.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
Getting the flat monitor stance excellent additionally meant becoming style-appropriate 19” hoops. Tom opted for a set of Roland Sands Traction wheels with hubs, and DOT-approved grime monitor tires from Mitas.

The flat track-style tail part is all , and reportedly took Tom 200 hours and 4 iterations to get proper. It’s constructed from fiberglass, and is topped off with a naked bones racing foam seat pad.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
The physique package’s completed off with a custom-built fiberglass headlight nacelle from, fitted with an LED mild from Inflexible Industries. Tom had some assist from Hotbodies Racing on the fiberglass elements.

The cockpit space’s a mixture of OEM and new bits. The risers, bars and speedo are inventory, however Tom’s put in Renthal grips, a Renthal brake management and Motogadget bar-end flip alerts.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
The exhaust silencer is made, and shaves 10 kilos off the general weight. However extra importantly, the Scrambler’s efficiency has been fine-tuned, too. Tom handed the bike to Manufacturing facility Professional Tuning for a brand new gasoline map and a dyno run.

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The result’s much less about outright energy and extra about how that energy is made; there’s a 10 % improve within the mid vary now. The inventory Scrambler is peppy sufficient as it’s—so this one needs to be a pleasure to hoon on.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian
If Ducati ever did determine to make a manufacturing unit Tremendous Hooligan racer, they’d do effectively to take notes from Tom. But when they don’t, we now have some excellent news—he’s planning to place a few of these Scrambler elements into manufacturing, together with the seat, headlight, exhaust, tail tidy, and graphics. They usually’ll be offered by way of his new store, BRKT (pronounced ‘bracket’) Moto.

Who else thinks it’s time for a bit DIY?

BRKT Moto | Instagram | Photographs by David Coe and Leija Wellwood

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian

 


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