Most of the times you will see a Triumph, Norton or Honda Cafe Racer, but today we bring you a Ducati Cafe Racer 125, by Radical Ducati.
It all started out with something like this. (Ducati 125 TS)
The home of one of Europe’s leading Ducati custom shops is not Italy, but Spain. Radical Ducati is based in Madrid, and has carved a niche in contemporary upgrades of Monsters and such ilk. But this latest ‘preparacione’ is a charming departure from the usual. Based on an ancient Ducati 125, the Carallo Sport has been designed to compete in the legendary Motogiro d’Italia. (The Historical Vintage Class is only open to pre-1957 motorcycles of 175 cc or less.) The bike looks lovely: the paintjob, brakes, and that sleek aluminum megaphone exhaust are just perfect. Radical Ducati has created a web page with full details of the build (via Google Translate, for readers who do not hablan español).
A bit more on the Ducati 125 TS
The Ducati 125 TS has lasted the test of time. Not only has it become one of the finest Ducati bikes ever built, but it also became the base model for which lightweight motorcycles are being designed today.
The 1964 125 TS is powered by a 124 cc SOHC single engine that’s mated to a four-speed transmission. That powertrain is capable of hitting a top speed of 70 mph with peak revs reaching 8,500 rpm.
Despite its less than imposing stature, the 125 TS has become one of the most popular classic Ducatis around. It’s a consistent presence in a number of vintage shows and competitive events, including the prestigious Motogiro d’Italia.