DucCutters: Moose 350 (Bill Johnson)

17 Jun 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on DucCutters: Moose 350 (Bill Johnson)
Ducati 350 Scrambler
Ducati 350 Scrambler

Special Thanks To: Ric Murphy for all his help with the project.


After reacquiring my old ’69 Ducati Scrambler in a disassembled state, I decided to rebuild the bike as a vintage style cafe racer. The engine was rebuilt and polished by Dave Chrone. I got a Dunstall fairing and Barchetta tail section which will give the bike more of a racer look.

I wanted to use the original gas tank, so I sent the tank out to be completely de-chromed. The tanks mount brackets have been altered to lower it further onto the frame and Ducati 748 fuel bung has been welded into the tank to give it a more modern look. The bike also has Tommaselli three position 35mm clip-ons and Tarozzi folding rear sets on it.

The entire rear section of the frame has be replaced and a new mono-shock is beening used for the rear suspension. The mono-shock has been positioned in a similar way to the geometry on the 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650. The swing arm was them reinforced with the tressel style frame work, similar in appearance to a Bimota.

The tail section sub-frame has been replaced to eliminate the dual rear shocks mounts and to support the Barchetta tail section. The rear of the frame and tail section utilize a mono post design, allowing the shock and exhaust to freely past on both sides. The frame reinforced with several gussets. I reflowed the exhuast down the left side of the bike then wrapped it up under the seat, 916 style. The exhaust brakes into four ports framing the rear tire.

I also hand milled special 3D front engine mounts for the bike. The customized emulate the fines from the engine and add a little more visual mass to the from of the bike. Asa required side project I made a custom rear stand for the bike, that utilizes frame sliders that have be attached to the lower swing arm.

I add guide tubes to protect and hold the most of the major wiring, such as the clutch cable and the points lead. The bike is using a 12-Volt NiCad Battery, a Bosch 12-Volt Blue coil and the standard 6-volt points. It’s opperating as a total loss system currently, but I hope to find a compatible voltage regulator for the bike soon (the bike’s internal generator productes 3 Amp’s).

The NiCad Battery and Bosch coil are both packaged into the nose of the bike mounted into the custom sub-frame and fairing stabilizer.

The custom dash board of the bike features a MotoGadget MotoScope Mini digital speedo/tachdomitor. Very compacted and intergrated into the bike. The bikes original horn/headlight switch has been rewired to functionas the controller of the MotoGadget system to scroll through its menus and to functiona s a kill switch.

There are a few minor things that still need to be done on the bike, but I’m very happy witht he progress so far. This bike is dedicated to the loving memory of my friend Moose. I really miss him.

As a Ducati enthusiast I could part with with the left over vintage parts of the bike. So I recycles the orginal rear section Ducati Scrambler Frame, the Scrambler shocks, leather seat, a Moto Morini tail light and an Arizona historical plate to create a custom office chair for myself.

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