Translating roughly to “thoroughbred,” you’re probably thinking of Bultaco’s old motocrosser when you hear “Pursang.” Instead, Spanish company Radical Ducati is using the term to define a new bike that’s not quite a cafe racer, not quite a street fighter and not quite a retro, but something in between. The RAD02 monicker denotes one of the firm’s air-cooled, trellis-framed models; the Pursang uses a Multistrada 1100 motor, Monster S2R single-sided swingarm and the ubiquitous, Michael Uhlarik-penned MT-03 headlight.
Update: Radical Ducati has provided more information.
Photos: Javier Fuentes
While the Pursang isn’t as successful as the Radical Ducati 9 1/2 at fusing existing Ducati mechanicals into something altogether greater, it does do a nice job of blending contemporary and classic design elements to achieve an original look. The chrome accents on the tank, the muted red, the black and white stripes and the white frame all add a sense of the classical to the utterly contemporary forms of the bodywork and mechanical components. The only problem here seems to be rather garish parts catalog hop up parts like the brake disc carriers, open clutch cover and fussy Marchesini wheels. Rather than parts like the spider web front sprocket cover, focus instead at the heat-wrapped exhaust pipes, high-mount megaphone canister, and the exposed mechanicals of the Keihin FCR41 carbs.
Radical Ducati says, "RAD 02 PURSANG is a tribute to the motocross bikes of the ‘70s and ‘80s when spanish bikes like Bultaco Montesa and Ossa was so appreciated in all over the World."
"The paint has been inspired by the old Husqvarna 410 and the frame in white is a remembering of the carbureted Ducati 900SS and 851 of the early ‘90s."
"We like to make bikes with inspiration from Ducati’s race history, as we have make with the 9 1/2 or from the ‘70s-‘80s, because sometimes “old times” are much better than modern times!"
"RAD 02 are hand made race bikes fabricated and designed by us. We fabricate even the frame ( own design) in aluminum (4kg) or Cromo molibdeno (8kg)."
Here’s a complete parts list:
- RAD02 Cromomolibdeno Frame
- S2R Swingarm
- Marchesini Alluminium Forged Wheels
- RAD Ergal Triple Clamps
- Rizoma Handlebar and Risers
- Ohlins Fork
- MT03 Front Light
- Discacciati Brake Rotors Calipers and Radial Pump
- Multistrada 1100 Engine, ported Heads, DP Camshafts, NCR Titanium Big Valves, EVR Antihooping Dry Clutch
- Keihin FCR41 Carburators
- 2 in 1 WolfMan Exhaust System
- SPARK Megaphone
- Ohlins Rear Schock
- RAD Height Rod
- RAD02 Alluminium Fuel Tank
- RAD02 Corsa Evo Carbon Fiber Solo Seat
- RAD Leds Rear Light
- Led Blinkers
- Rizoma Rear Sets
- Discacciati Radial Clutch Puma
- EVR Clutch Actuator.