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When Walt Siegl builds a motorcycle, motorcyclists, industrial designers and mechanical engineers sit up and take notice.

This new bike, the Riviera Ducati SS, is a phenomenal example of Walt’s work. Every element of the bike is unique, from the hand-fabricated chromoly steel frame to the custom moulded carbon/kevlar fuel tank to the one-off hand-made stainless steel exhaust system.

We’ve been chatting with Walt and he agreed to give us an exclusive look inside his workshop, so we can all see the process of taking a Ducati 900SS and turning into the finished motorcycle you see above and below.

Scroll down and click any image to see the larger version, there are brief descriptions under each image. For more from Walt Siegl visit his website here.

IMG_0475This is the bike’s lightweight, hand-fabricated chromoly steel frame before paint.

IMG_0547Finishing up the exhaust.

IMG_0572Fitting the subtle rear indicators.

IMG_0352Fitting the frame to the engine block.

IMG_0368Slowly assembling the hand built elements of the bike.

IMG_0406Creating the mould for the carbon/kevlar fuel tank.

IMG_0421The final mould ready for carbon fibre and the oven.

IMG_0464Checking the moulds against the frame.

IMG_0468The foam mould for the battery covers.

IMG_0492Apparently there’s a motorcycle frame somewhere in this picture.

IMG_0508Fitting the finished (unpainted) fuel tank. That exposed carbon is beautiful.

IMG_0511Checking the fit of the different elements of the bike.

IMG_0513One of the best looking fuel tanks I’ve seen since the Norton Manx.

110819_2249Selecting paint colours for the tank.

DSC_0059Walt hard at work on the bench.

DSC_0080Walt fitting the Triumph forks to the front of the Riviera.

DSC_0054Finalising the tank.

_MG_0372Mechanical art.

IMG_0314Final fitting and assembly.

IMG_0535The bike’s final colour scheme comes together.

6178456678_699cdec29c_bThe finished motorcycle.

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Walt Siegl Building The Riviera Ducati SS

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