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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 0475 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglThis is the bike’s lightweight, hand-fabricated chromoly steel frame before paint.

IMG 0547 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFinishing up the exhaust.

IMG 0572 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFitting the subtle rear indicators.

IMG 0352 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFitting the frame to the engine block.

IMG 0368 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglSlowly assembling the hand built elements of the bike.

IMG 0406 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglCreating the mould for the carbon/kevlar fuel tank.

IMG 0421 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglThe final mould ready for carbon fibre and the oven.

IMG 0464 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglChecking the moulds against the frame.

IMG 0468 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglThe foam mould for the battery covers.

IMG 0492 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglApparently there’s a motorcycle frame somewhere in this picture.

IMG 0508 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFitting the finished (unpainted) fuel tank. That exposed carbon is beautiful.

IMG 0511 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglChecking the fit of the different elements of the bike.

IMG 0513 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglOne of the best looking fuel tanks I’ve seen since the Norton Manx.

110819 2249 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglSelecting paint colours for the tank.

DSC 0059 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglWalt hard at work on the bench.

DSC 0080 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglWalt fitting the Triumph forks to the front of the Riviera.

DSC 0054 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFinalising the tank.

MG 0372 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglMechanical art.

IMG 0314 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglFinal fitting and assembly.

IMG 0535 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglThe bike’s final colour scheme comes together.

6178456678 699cdec29c b Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt SieglThe finished motorcycle.

Walt Siegl Building The Riviera Ducati SS.jpg 2 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt Siegl

Walt Siegl Building The Riviera Ducati SS Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt Siegl

Walt Siegl Building The Riviera Ducati SS.jpg 1 Building The Riviera Ducati SS With Walt Siegl