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.
This is the bike’s lightweight, hand-fabricated chromoly steel frame before paint.
Finishing up the exhaust.
Fitting the subtle rear indicators.
Fitting the frame to the engine block.
Slowly assembling the hand built elements of the bike.
Creating the mould for the carbon/kevlar fuel tank.
The final mould ready for carbon fibre and the oven.
Checking the moulds against the frame.
The foam mould for the battery covers.
Apparently there’s a motorcycle frame somewhere in this picture.
Fitting the finished (unpainted) fuel tank. That exposed carbon is beautiful.
Checking the fit of the different elements of the bike.
One of the best looking fuel tanks I’ve seen since the Norton Manx.
Selecting paint colours for the tank.
Walt hard at work on the bench.
Walt fitting the Triumph forks to the front of the Riviera.
Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.
Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.
The Triumph TR6 Trophy is perhaps better known by its legendary nickname – “The Desert Sled”. It’s not known who coined the term, but it stuck like glue, and it’s followed the intrepid Triumph off-road racer for decades. Even if you don’t immediately recognize the model, you’ve seen it before if you’ve seen the movie…
This 2004 Triumph Thruxton was built by Tamarit Motorcycles for Hawkers and El Ganso, the brief was very specific and the timeline was tight – but fortunately the team at Tamarit were able to find a suitable Thruxton in the nearby town of Salamanca relatively quickly. The Triumph Thruxton 900 The Triumph Thruxton 900 was…
Each kangaroo leather wallet by Tailfeather Goods is handmade by husband and wife duo Scottie and Natalia in Australia. Kangaroo leather is highly prized around the world for its incredible hardiness, it’s lighter and stronger than either cow or goat leather, it has 10x the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin….
Anyone who’s ever had an argument with Siri or Alexa will already be familiar with the parallels to HAL 9000 – the prescience of the digital Arthur C. Clarke character has proven to be truly startling. Now for the first time ever you can buy your own fully-functional HAL 9000 in either wall-mounted and voice-interactive…
The 90th Anniversary Schott Perfecto Jacket was developed to celebrate 90 years since Irving Schott designed America’s most iconic leather motorcycle jacket – this anniversary edition was created by the 3rd and 4th generations of the Schott family. The Perfecto The original Perfecto Jacket was named for Irving Schott’s favorite cigar type, the jacket was…
The beautiful BMW cafe racer you see here is the work of Elemental Custom Cycles based in Neustadt, Germany just outside of Nuremberg. The core philosophy of the garage is “Life’s to short to ride boring motorcycles” – which sound like words to live by to me. This bike is the latest project from the German…