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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The ultimate Kelevra Café Racer

Kelevra is the name of the latest Ducati Monster S4R based modified motorcycle of a Milan-based speed shop named South Garage Cafe (SGC). It was first presented at the EICMA 2012 and was crowned as the 'Best Café Racer'. When viewing the appearance of this motorcycle the judges were astonished by technologically advanced and the nostalgic charm which perfectly outlined by SGC on this motorcycle.
Ducati Monster S4R Kelevra Café Racer by South Garage Cafe at the EICMA 2015. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/21kLfaK)
Inspired by the lines of the Manx Norton, the Monster's factory bodywork has been replaced by custom made South Garage fiberglass components. The new bodywork transforms the Monster into a classicly styled Café Racer as well as revealing more of the S4R's beautiful engine. The Kelevra's tank is 5 cm wider than the original to match the width of the Monsters trellis frame.
A quick glance is enough to understand why is the Kelevra one of the 30 most beautiful café racer bikes in the world. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1kYkQz4)
This change in width has also resulted in a larger fuel capacity even though the overall dimensions are smaller than the original. The tail section is again inspired by classic Café Racer styling. A wasp tail, single saddle seat that sits 6 cm higher than the stock unit, matches the lines of the Kelevra's new tank while also leveling the bodywork with the road.
Right side view of Kelevra Café Racer. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1kYkQz4)
Double turned collector around the casing is made of about 70 tig welding pieces, which is coupled to the vintage "Trombone" counter-cone muffler. The ignition has been relocated to the bottom of the tank to keep in theme with the build. Tank and tailpiece are handmade fiberglass composite materials.
Front and Rear view of Kelevra Café Racer. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1kYkQz4)
The handmade 2 in 1 stainless steel exhaust was custom built on the SGC specifications. The whole process is assisted by Fabrizio, a SGC fabricator starting from a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper to be a beautiful work of art.
Rear side view of Kelevra Café Racer. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1kYkQz4)
To manage the changes in airflow from these modifications South Garage remapped the bikes ECU to 'optimise power'. With a output figure of 113 bhp (83.4kw) from the S4R's 996 cc, 90° twin the Kelevra is capable of eye watering 10.8 second quarter mile runs.
There are many subtle details that are part of this Ducati Monster S4R. SGC really went out of their way to build the ultimate café racer. Form and function at its finest. The headlight is a Lucas style cafe racer. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SOUTH GARAGE | IL-DUCATISTA]
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