Born Free 6: The Ugly Ducling

Wandering the parking lot of Born Free 6 a couple weekends ago, I got excited every time I saw a cafe racer, tracker, vintage UJM, and especially Ducati. In a sea of Harley Davidson and unique choppers, they stand out like a sore thumb. Just like this custom Ducati 750SS did, which I dubbed “The Ugly Ducling”.

The good looking open clutch cover, clean body, tidy undertail exhaust and bare tank kept me looking. What… what is going on here? 

The seat cover looked completely unfinished, like bare foam. The tank had petina and rust spots with a custom 80s Ducati logo decal over top as well as a See See sticker on the stock gas cap.

Rear sets, relocated ignition, clip on bars… someone put some effort into this. The license plate was even relocated to the end of the swing arm, and headlight replaced with modern 7” round mounted directly to the neck and not the forks. 

Complete with Kenny Roberts Bell 3/4 helmet and blue bubble visor. Perhaps the Yamaha RZ wouldn’t start that day? 

So, is it a partially complete project.. or is it a carefully planned Ugly Ducling Ducati enjoying the performance and lacking looks? 

It’s interesting, either way. 

More photos from Born Free coming soon. 

Photographs by Alicia Mariah Elfving, copyright 2014.

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Posted on July 14, 2014 in Motorcycles by

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