After a lifetime in circuits this Ducati 999 is resurrected for the street.
Its owner who lives a few kilometers from the circuit of Cheste (Spain); decided a few months ago that the time had come to recycle this magnificent motorcycle and turn it into a more comfortable, current and quiet style. That was how one day he decided to call Lord Drake Kustoms, where Fran Manen (owner of LDK) would attend him and exchange ideas of how the new Ducati 999 could be. After the telephone conversation the project was closed and ready to begin Act.
At a time when it seems that only some old motorcycle models can be transformed and in which many people seem to be crazy to find some scrap from 40 years ago in which to spend a disproportionate amount of money (for the type and state in which they tend to be) what better job than to transform a motorcycle totally opposite to the fashion trends … a relatively modern motorcycle and also total racing! Nothing more and nothing less than a 999 Ducati.
The owner of Lord Drake Kustoms told us: “For me it was a very nice project, because I love the Ducati and this was the first time I worked with one that was not a Monster model.
“A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEMS TO BE CRAZY TO FIND SOME 40 YEARS OLD SCRAP IN WHICH TO SPEND AN AMOUNT OF DISPROPORTIONED MONEY”
I must admit that at first the idea overwhelmed me a little, because the 999 unlike the Monster, comes loaded with parts and elements that were hidden behind the fairing … which would be one of the main challenges: leaving the bike aesthetically clean , beautiful and functional once the fairings were removed. Then, if we wanted to make a difference, we were clear that the tires should be different and in this case nothing better than some of the spokes to give it a more classic touch “.
Fran Manen has also modified the entire subframe and incorporated the rear turn signals on it. In addition, part of the stainless steel exhaust manifold has been manufactured to convert it into a 2: 1 and adapt a Supertrapp tail. All hand controls have been modified just like the front suspension. The rear brake caliper has had to be modified in its position to be used with the new spoke wheels. The front fender and the side cover of the battery have been manufactured by hand and many other modifications that you can see in this report or in the complete photo album of the page www.lorddrakekustoms.com.
Finally, the whole bike has been painted. The chassis has gone from gray to red, the engine from gray to black and the fuel tank has been painted in a simple white with the somewhat more classic Ducati graphics, to give it a more elegant touch and obtain as a result wonderful Ducati 999 “neoracer”.
MODIFICATIONS DUCATI 999 NEO RACER
Motorcycle: Ducati 999
Wheels: spoke wheels with original measurement tires.
Flashers: The formers integrated in the handlebars and the backs in the subframe.
Frontal: Semi-handles, controls, handles, grips, odometer and modified headlight.
Suspension: Modified both the front and the rear.
Escape: First original section, second section 2: 1 stainless steel craft and Supertrapp tail.
Subchassis: Original modified and reinforced.
Rear: Led pilot, license plate holder and modified rear brake caliper.
Others: Powder paint, artisanal battery cover, modification and replacement of transmission kit, modification of belt covers, etc.