In short, the bike was in very bad shape, but stimulated by the decision-making freedom left by the customer, Mike Vienne found himself in the best situation for a trainer: that of having few operational limits.
Hence the idea of proposing one reworking of the Ducati 900 Superlight (1992-1995), numbered and lightened edition of the SS – the “weight” discourse so dear to the tuner returns – characterized by a single-seater tail, high exhausts, body parts in carbon fiber and separable aluminum and magnesium rims.
Bodywork is something that immediately increases saliva production and accelerates the heartbeat: everything is in carbon fiber, from the enveloping bellies by Ducati Performance that are like a hug around the trellis frameto the tailor-made fairing tilted towards the tank that recalls hair bent backwards by speed, up to the one-piece tail – also made ad hoc – transmits strength.
Just like the original SuperLight, but with a greater sensation of visual lightness, thanks to the adoption of LED turn signals embedded in the bodywork, miniature mirrors instead of the original panniers and the flush-mounted LED “smile” instead of the big one. lighthouse that characterized the SS of the time.
The coloring is a dedication to the Superbikes of the 90s, while the fact that it is not bound to a real restoration has made it even easier to choice to abandon the engine of the SS 900 and mount a more modern twin-cylinder but strictly air and desmodue: that of a Monster 1100 with double spark plug, electronic injection, superior performance – and displacement – and, not even to write it, lighter than the original.
A weight kept at bay, not only by the carbon fiber fairing and the Marchesini wheels, but also by the assembly of the handcrafted 2-in-1 exhaust system made by customizer Max Hazan. At the end of the customization, Mike’s chiseling work made him lose 37.6 kg: 159.7 kg for the SuperStrada against 197.3 kg for the 900 SS.
Beyond the “realignment” of the control unit to work in unison with the new exhaust system, the “pompone” has not been modified, it has its 95 HP declared by Ducatihowever, it also uses a slipper clutch from Yoyodyne, an electronic gearbox, an increased radiator from Febur and has a few more holes to increase the circulation of air necessary to better cool its hot spirits.
The chassis set-up for the 1100 SuperStrada is completely new: the original fork has undergone an externally anodizing treatment (to give that black color to the sheath and gold to the barrel) and made smoother thanks to a titanium nitride “dress”, while all the internal components have been replaced by Mupo cartridges .
If the brake discs are the Axis of BrakeTech, the rest of the system is instead signed by Brembo: GP-4RX machined from solid the radial mount calipers combined with the 19RCS Corsa Corta pump on the handlebar; always Brembo also the rear system.
Overall, the SuperStrada 1100 required about a year of work: just the frame, the swingarm and the multi-adjustable Öhlins shock absorber remained from the original SS. A long time – and a lot of money – but the result is truly “open mouth and twinkle in the eye”.