Some bikes are so carefully created in bad taste that they’re elevated from ugly, to remarkable. This Ducati 450 Mark 3-based cafe racer is one of those bikes. Dubbed “Shaman” by Japanese shop Stupidcrown, it features South American or Mayan-themed artwork on top of what’s actually a really nice bike.
Looking like a drug dealer’s bathroom, the jade-and-gold feathers continue from the fairing to the tank, where they become a racing stripe/tapestry and even the classic Ducati logo is recast in gold leaf and mottled jade. A Nazca Lines heron is applied in contrasting leather to the seat, but the coup de grace comes on the tail, which is inlaid with polished Mexican abalone shells. There’s even a little Mayan warrior dude hiding under the tail.
All this artwork sits on what’s actually a really nice, clean cafe racer based around the single-cylinder, non-desmo 1972 450. Not how carefully chosen modifications like the 1930s rocket-style fairing, bar end indicators, custom-made seat cowl and high-mount exhaust are.