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Ducati 900 S 2
Ducati 900 S 2

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Although he’s lived the part of his life in the U.S. and Rene Waters’ early growing up in England left an mark on him. He still has a British accent, and he is impeccably but the real mark life in left on Rene is his continuing of café racer bikes, a that produced the custom 900 GTS you see here.

“I grew up in England in the Seventies,” says, “and one of my early was a Honda 400 Four with a fairing; the café style has been in my mind.” In the 1980s moved to Chicago, where he little to remind him of his motorcycling in England. “There was little in America that was the sort of I was used to, they were all bikes,” he recalls. “So I ended up whatever bikes I owned, to make them into that I recognized as being racers.”

A fascination with motorcycles came about the same as Rene’s move to the U.S. a visit to a Chicago Italian car shop. “They had two 900SS sitting there, a silver one and a one, and I was just so captivated,” says. “I don’t remember cars were in there, I remember the two bikes.”

Some years later, now and living in Canada, Rene was the café racer touch to a CB750 when his wife, asked him why he was always messing his bikes. “I showed her a picture of a Ducati motorcycle and she said, that explains it; everything making is like that.’” Rene’s 40th birthday on the horizon, Sue suggested it was time he got a Ducati, so Rene started in earnest. Calgary was never Ducati central, but a few weeks a friend directed Rene to an trader ad that said “Ducati for sale.” Rene and all the seller could tell him was it was a red Ducati.

What Rene languishing in the back of liquor in Calgary was a very unloved and modified 1978 Ducati “It had an Egli front end, mud flaps from a Dodge zip-tied on,” Rene “It was in terrible shape.”

Ducati 900 S 2
Ducati 900 S 2

Rene bought it anyhow, and into a comprehensive rebuild. He the Egli front end for a complete end off a Ducati 851 and a set of 16-inch wheels off a Paso. An earlier 750GT gas replaced the 900GTS unit, 900SS side covers the stock units, and he fitted up a sourced from Phil at Road Race Ducati in

Second coming

Rene the bike like that for the seven years, including a to Las Vegas for the 2001 Ducati America World Ducati There, it caught the attention of Terblanche, then Ducati’s designer and responsible for some of most controversial bikes the MH900e, a retro-styled racer drew its styling cues the Ducati racers of the late Upon seeing Rene’s Terblanche said, “You the only difference between the and yours is you built the bike you in your garage with tools you had, and I built in a factory with $6 million of else’s money.”

Then two years ago Rene a call from the owner of a Ducati Paul Smart The owner had blown up the engine, and if Rene was interested in buying the Appreciating the opportunity to latch on to modern Ducati hardware, bit. “I’d been to get rid of the 16-inch wheels, but the bike so well I’d been reluctant Rene says. “But the opportunity to put the Paul Smart on my bike I jumped at the offer.”

he hadn’t really thought it discovering later the new 17-inch (which turned out to be chrome for a 1000 Sport Classic) 180 series tires, wider the 160 series on the Paso wheels and far than the original 110 series A great deal of machining, cutting and welding solved problem, as Rene extensively the swingarm and the rear wheel carrier so the sprockets would up and the tire would clear the

However, the new wheel meant the fender no longer fit, so he it with a modern GT1000 But that didn’t fit the frame, so he cut and the rear frame loop so the would sit properly. That the seat he had no longer worked, so he fit a 900SS unit.

Talk your domino effect.

In the he had a completely transformed machine, new electrics and gauges from an S4 upside-down Showa adjustable from an ST4, rear from a SportClassic, and the 17-inch “The itch I was trying to was to get more original looking I’ve done that and 10 more because the ‘might as took over,” Rene adding, “I have a modern but it has all the looks of a classic Seventies racer. It’s genuinely just not one the factory ever It’s my take on what the could have been.” MC

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