“It’s named Mika Racer because the nickname of the French owner is Mika and the
bike is a Café Racer,” Radical Ducati tells us. Mike must be proud because his racer is the perfect modern interpretation of a modern cafe racer. Based on a Ducati 1098 it drops weight and gains power while looking totally unique.
“It turns strong, is lighter than the original 1098 and with the modification of the airbox with new air stacks and the megaphones, the push is incredible,” continues Radical. “A real beast.”
The term “cafe racer” grew out of the performance modification scene in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Riders would race their bikes against each other or against the clock on the street and stripped every non-essential part from them in the pursuit of lightness, then modified the engines and suspension in pursuit of performance. Somewhere along the way that became more about putting clubmans on a modern Triumph Bonneville and dressing up like John Travolta in “Grease” than it was about performance or riding fast. Bikes like this are a more fitting tribute to that culture as they’re about boosting the street performance of a track bike, not just posing.
- Modified Ducati 1098
- Modified original airbox with DM mecanicca air stacks
- Shortened air funnels
- WOLFMAN 2 independents diameter 54 exhaust system
- RAD megaphones by SPARK
- TAMBURINI silicone water hoses , RAD aluminiun water tubes.
- Repositioning electrical wiring, ecu and regulator.
- RAD alluminium rear subframe with 9 Amp battery support.
- RAD alluminiun licence plate support.
- RAD Omologated led Blinkers.
- Montesa type rear light
- V Rod front light
- RAD ergal lightened upper yoke
- RAD 02 Montjuich carbon fiber solo seat
- RAD 02 Carbon fiber fuel tank
- Carbon fiber rear mudguard
- Carbon fiber front mudguard
- Carbon fiber water pump protection
- EVR ergal sprocket cover
- RIZOMA belt covers
- RIZOMA mirror
- RIZOMA inverted gear lever
- RIZOMA rear brake lever
- Mika hand made footrest