Ducati motorcycles have a strong sweet spot for their exuberant Italian character, specially the ones that come from the dry clutch era, like this late-90s Ducati 900 SS/SP. Named the Velocita D’Epoca which literally translates to “Vintage Speed” is an imperial translation of what a cafe racer of the 1950 can imagined to be. There is quite a uniqueness to the way the Ducati L-twin sounds, and when this distinct character is met with a bespoke bodywork such as this one, it is bound to raise eyebrows, even while standing complacently still.
BCR (Benjie’s Cafe Racers), the creator of this chromed-out beast are usually moved by Japanese machinery from the 70’s, but took it upon them to create a different sort of beast that had an Italian heart which promised to create a different soundtrack via its 90-degree V-twin engine. The Ducati 900 SS that we see here, has been build ground-up to resemble a 1950’s style British cafe racer which is something quite unique considering that most builders that are out there today going with the flow are creating mundane scramblers and trackers that are hard to differentiate from one another. From its round headlight, to its instrument-bearing tank that houses the oil gauge on one side and a fuel filler on the other, there is a sense of hidden modernness that has been cloaked beautifully under the steel and aluminium construction.
While there is no doubt that the Velocita D’Epoca Ducati 900 SS is built for absolute speed, the builder has brought forth a tough of sensibility by adding alcantara and leather upholstery on the tank and seat that provides comfortable seating and has a small area to store one’s wallet and cellphone. BCR have kept the suspension, brakes and engine components to stock to maintain the legendary handling of the Italian machine as it came from the factory while giving it a new outer body shell that is miles higher in its appeal than the original.