Eight Hundred Sixty…

This 1975 Ducati bevel cam drive 860 has been overhauled by Bryan Heidt.

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Heidt, spending the last 8 years at Fuller Moto as a fabricator and designer, found a bike that Fuller had picked up a few years before but no plans for and proposed a joint build.

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The 860 engines use a 750 L-twin as a base mated with two Ducati 450 single-cylinder engine’s sleeves and pistons. With quality Dell’Orto carburetors, the engine was good as it was, but needed a rebuild.

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Heidt also had the engine and carbs media blasted to ensure it ran as good as new.

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Custom stainless pipes end in a pair of reverse megaphone mufflers.

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The Benelli tank is a beautiful piece as it is but in order to set the bike apart he cut into it and subtly adjusted the lines.

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Heidt then hand-formed an aluminum tail and added a beautiful upholstered solo seat.

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The electrics were upgraded with a stator from a 900 Super Sport, xenon headlight, and lithium-ion battery.

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The handling dynamics of this bike has been altered dramatically with GSX-R front end, Sport Classic front hub and a KLR650 rear hub laced to supermoto rims, and an R-6 mono-shock conversion.

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Add to this smaller details such as a trimmed Monster 800 fender, a pair of GSX-R rear sets, and the hand fabricated body work and you realize how much of a Frankenstein’s monster this bike really is.

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The tank and tail has been painted in a dark graphite Mercedes-Benz metallic with classic Ducati graphic by Joe Patterson at JDK and Chastin Brand.

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After four years of work the end result is way beyond what he first envisaged. Both visually and performance wise.

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Heidt named it Cavallo Nero, ‘dark horse’.

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