XTR Pepo Creates A 1974 Ducati 860GT Like None Other
It is very hard to better something that’s been made by the best. The Ducati 860GT from 1974 was designed by legendary Italian car designer Giorgio Giugiaro, the man responsible for creating the DeLorean and the original Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit. Giugiaro’s idea was the create a grand tourer motorcycle that would provide the comfort for long distance travel. While the 1974 Ducati 860GT was mostly welcomed for what it was, it wasn’t without flaws, major of them being a slightly wobbly and light front end and unsustainable continuous high-speed riding.
While the 1974 Ducati 860GT was being revelled for being the Italian brand’s first ever big-bore sports tourer, its angular design was being questioned. It wasn’t something everyone understood or liked.
Fast forward to 2016 and the questionable design still stands obtuse, despite of coming from someone as legendary as Giugiaro. This thing in particular caught the eye of Madrid -based motorcycle designer XTR Pepo, who decided to give the Italian machine a taste of their own medicine.
What XTR Pepo has done with the 1974 Ducati 860GT has radically changed the way the bike looks and feels. Like all of their previous projects, XTR always brings out a signature look in their builds. The finished product is a raw-looking machine that can qualify for a gorgeous weekend motorcycle to be driven on the streets as well as something that can be driven into one’s living room and admired for long periods of time. Their Ducati 860GT is no different.
With the 860GT, XTR went to great length to achieve such a meticulous look. Firstly, the entire front fork assembly was borrowed from a Triumph Daytona 955, and was then combined with Triumph Sprint modified yolks. The front brake rotors are OEM Brembos that are added with CNC machined front brake calipers, Frentubo brake lines and a Beringuer CNC machined front brake pump. There’s a beautiful Veglia race “white face” rev counter at the top that adds to the machine’s unique Italian retro feel, which is only intensified by the addition of the Ducati Imola racers -styled fibre glass fuel tank.
In the mix of custom parts that have been sourced to create the “Flying Podenco” 1974 Ducati 860GT, XTR has also adding a lot of their own customised parts to complete the build. The list of “XTR made” parts include – a fibre glass mudguard, front braket, endurance front fairing and windshield, high-density seat, LED rear lights, aluminium race footrests, clip-ons, lightened and vented rear drum brake and CNC machined and lightened rear chain sprocket. XTR has also taken the effort to upgrade the engine to a Desmo (the original 860GT came with a conventional valve operation rather than the desmodromic system), which means that the lightened, re-worked machine would be in-line with the charechter of a modern-day Italian Ducati motorcycle.
XTR Pepo, like always has done a great job with the “Flying Podenco”. The machine looks like nothing else, and we can only imagine that it would sound like nothing else out there too.
Photos by Cesar Godoy