The world of custom motorcycles has really moved on in the last decade. Building custom motorcycles is not just about practical thinking anymore. Today, you will find custom builds that are made purely as art form that would suit perfectly for one’s living room or maybe a display area of some sort. Then there are some that are outright weird, still trying to slot a space and reasoning for their existence. What has happened in most probability is that custom motorcycle builders have gotten used to the attention their cool and quirky builds get, often forgetting the true essence of what a custom motorcycle represents. If one follows the legend, then custom motorcycles are more about one’s mere functional interpretation of a machine that perfectly suits their purpose of riding – off road, on-off, road, cafe and so on. Thankfully, there are still some who haven’t forgotten to include this virtue of custom bike building into their creations.
Ferenc “Feri” Kern is a hobbyist motorcycle builder who lives in the small town of Paks located south of Budapest, Hungary alongside the river Danube. This hobby started four years ago, with a simple ideology in mind – remove all the bulky and useless parts of a motorcycle and keep only the functional bits on. His aim has always been to put forth simplicity before style. With this belief in minimalism, Feri worked on three Ducati Monsters in the past, as well as a Vespa before getting to his current Ducati custom build which is a SuperSport 750 L-Twin from 2001.
Feri’s choice of custom bike has always revolved around Ducati, as he loves the machines for their unique character of the 90-degree L-twin. That, plus the fact that the Italian machines are sleeker and best suited to be shaved down further for a minimalist build. For the Ducati SuperSport 750 build, Feri kept the original engine block, front forks and rear swingarm while changing almost everything else. This would be no easy task as you can imagine, taking almost 26 months to go from concept to completion.
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Feri started off by building a new rear frame for the Ducati SuperSport 750, followed by a custom tank made in metal. Since he had lost the keys to the motorcycle, Feri thought it would be apt to start off with a new ignition system. This was taken care by the excellent ignition system made by MotoGadget which was accompanied by the company’s digital meters as well. The rear cowl that you see in the photos is made from foam, which is then covered in epoxi resulting in a unique choice of materials that has worked quite nicely to gel in with the build.
The resulting Ducati SuperSport 750 cafe racer build is a complete departure from the original. The seat height is lower too, which means that Feri had to install new footpegs that would make more ergonomic sense. A proper old-school cafe racer has no business of carrying alloy wheels, so Feri aptly changed them to spoke ones that came from a KTM Supermoto. While the engine remains in stock form, it has been completely dismantled, cleaned and re-assembled to ensure that it looks as well as performs as new.
The Ducati SuperSport 750 cafe racer in its current form is a good 20kg lighter than the original motorcycle. What Feri has done here is not just bring a motorcycle to its most beautiful elementary form, but also give it function and purpose that’s so much more that what the Ducati originally came with.
Photography by Budapest Cafe Racers