It can be said that the 1990s were the golden era of superbikes. During this period, Ducati created the legendary 916 and its siblings, the 996 and 998. The Ducati Supersport 900 SS also dates from this period and was a sports car designed more for country road use. It goes without saying that the basic concept of space frame plus V2 can be sporty. The Ducati SuperStrada 1100 shows how extreme and at the same time shapely a Supersport 900 SS can be. Built by Mike Vienne, head of the custom forge Championship Cycles.
penchant for lightweight construction
Mike Vienne builds all his motorcycles according to one credo: they have to be light. And thus follows Lotus founder Colin Chapman and his maxim: “Simplify, and then make it easier!”. The heart of the Ducati Supersport 900 SS, built in 1995, was taken out of the frame and swapped for the V2 of a Ducati Monster 1100. Despite its more cubic capacity, it is not only more powerful than the 900 counterpart (95 HP to 70 HP), but also much lighter due to its more modern design. However, hanging the V2 Klopper in the frame mesh was not a problem, because the 900 SS frame is built similarly to the Monster frame, and so it was done without major changes. To prevent death from the heat, Mike installed a large cooler from Februr, an anti-hopping clutch from Yoyodyne ensures traction and a quickshifter allows the SuperStrada to accelerate without any interruption in traction. The ECU was flashed for better response. But let’s stay with the subject of lightweight construction: Mike made the entire fairing out of carbon. It was based on original parts from the Ducati Performance catalog of the time, which is why the SuperStrada looks almost like it came from the factory. The tank is made from a carbon-kevlar mix and, like the fairing, is a one-off production. For even more weight loss, Mike removed all non-structural frame parts and replaced them with lightweight aluminum parts. Of course, the wiring harness was also shortened to the minimum. According to Mike, the Ducati now weighs a total of around 160 kilograms – mind you, ready to ride!
The chassis has been given a fundamental update so that the lightweight rocket can also go around the corner properly. The fork got a racing cartridge from Mupo, at the rear a shock absorber from Öhlins keeps the SuperStrada 1100 on course. The stopper system was then properly padded: Exquisite Brembo GP4RX serve as saddles, which allow the brake pads to bite into Brake-Tech racing discs. Finally, the anchor is dropped via a Brembo Corsa Corta brake pump. For a clean overall impression, the motorcycle got LED lighting all around, which undercuts the word “minimal” again. Last but not least, the Ducati was painted in the classic red and white. The design is not only reminiscent of Ducati, but also pays homage to the liveries of the Cagiva racing bikes of the time.
Many are beautiful, but also impassable.
Better to leave it in its original state.
With the Ducati SuperStrada 1100, Mike Vienne created a pure driving machine that brings the superbike era of the nineties into the modern age and is still elegant.
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