There’s nothing like a retro flavoured motorcycle, and the popularity of these type of bikes makes any bike builder interested in getting his hands dirty just to create another cafe racer or scrambler. But Walt Siegl went a step further, and has built a Ducati, which he calls WSM SBK #1, that is making the headlines around the world for its timeless beauty.
It took Walt and his three-man team at the workshop in America three whole years to complete this special project, and the result is simply superb!
The attention to detail and quality of the build is second to none, and Walt’s creation has got to be one of the most beautiful custom made superbikes we’ve seen in 2018, if not ever.
The chrome-moly perimetric frame was designed to emulate the classic Ducati frames, and Walt had to work his magic to make the frame fit a special V-twin engine, that mixes parts of 2 valves engines with more advanced 4 valve engine of a 1098 bike.
With a geometry worthy of a true superbike, the WSM SBK #1 is recognizable by the lack of a conventional subframe. Instead, Walt and his crew decided to innovate and they’ve developed an exotic single piece subframe and seat unit made in structural carbon fiber.
Engine internals were heavily reworked to increase power and torque, while the whole bike weighs in just 155 kg, which is less than the Ducati MotoGP prototype or even the lightest 1098, the R variant.
The Ducati ECU received special WSM parameters to control the injection and all the electronics on the SBK #1, while the chassis is completed by World Superbike spec Öhlins FGR300 fork and a specially built TTX rear shock. Brakes are signed by Brembo.
All this wrapped in beautiful bodywork shaped by the Vermont-based company Green State Carbon, fixed to the bike with aluminum stays and topped off with a custom windscreen by Gustafsson Plastics.
This is a bike that Walt Siegl says it was created to be ridden, and if you believe you should be riding it, get your wallet ready, because all this bespoke work done to create this piece of art in two wheels, will surely set you back a few thousands.