Black And Fast

Since 1977 his name is Fred “DUB” Duban and after winning quite a few important European bike shows as an “independent  amateur builder”, in 2003 he opened his shop in France and is now considered one of the best bike builders of the old continent. For this project he got the best briefing any custom builder can dream of: “make it fast and only in deep glossy black” (heard this one before.)

Well, after 1 year of labor Philippe received his fast and glossy black street racer/cruiser 8MDM bike (name of the bike is letter coded by Fred Duban, and as a joke on himself, when translated, means the 8th World’s Marvel.) Because there was no wish list at briefing (except color) “Dub” was nice enough to give his client not only 2 keys but also a full tech sheet of the parts he used…

It starts with a custom Softail type frame with 33–degree of rake and  an in-house “Dub Performance Wide Street Racer” swingarm moving on an SAS air shock system.  Front suspension is provided via an inverted Ohlins front end using a “DUB Performance” wide glide triple-tree on which a V-Rod headlight was installed and using the shop risers and bars.. Engine is S&S Twin Cam 2000 cc  breathing via a DUB air cleaner. Transmission is Baker 5-speed RSD with belt final drive. Gas tank and rear fender (welded to frame) are both in-house fabricated. The 3-spoke 120/70/18″ front wheel is from a V-Rod, the 300/35/18″ rear wheel is made by DUB, both rollers using Beringer brakes. And Fred to conclude his parts listing by telling me that  the 8MDM black paint job is deeper than any black I have ever seen before. Well, the client is convinced. DUB Performance.

22 Responses to “Black And Fast”

  1. 1 dub performance Oct 11th, 2010 at 7:37 am

    thank you my friend !

  2. 2 Brandon Oct 11th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Like the exhaust

  3. 3 2Low Oct 11th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    The V-rod headlight always looks better when not on a V-rod.

  4. 4 Timothy Remus Oct 11th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I too like the exhaust. The whole thing flows very nicely, quite unique without being totally outside the box.

  5. 5 My Bikers World Oct 11th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Wow! This piece of hell seems to be real rod-killer! But the image is a bit spoil by tremendous difference in size of front and back wheels.

  6. 6 Cigar City Chapter Oct 11th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Where can I buy one in Florida?

  7. 7 krugger Oct 11th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    This bike is very tasteful…. and the girl too … 😉

    Congrats Fred, well done!

  8. 8 The Supreme Team Oct 11th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I think what’s causing that is the shorty fender in the rear. A couple inches longer and you wouldn’t notice.
    Anyway, beautiful bike…three nice rides in that last pic too.

  9. 9 GG Oct 11th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Good and clean job Fred

  10. 10 Fly Oct 11th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Love your work Fred 🙂 Simply……….Pure Genius!

  11. 11 Cheech Oct 11th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Very, very nice. It looks all buisness like a Ferrari on two wheels!!! I think Fred is going to have to offer the exhaust up for sale. Quite stunning.

  12. 12 bajerry Oct 11th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Too cool, Pipes are great, I know there are more restrictions on custom bikes in Europe, this is a winner anywhere. Back in the max..

  13. 13 ger Oct 12th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    lovely clean looking bike
    and again fred love the could be on to a winner there.

  14. 14 Iron Horse Oct 12th, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Absolutely stunning and in my two favorite colors…black and chrome. Great bike Fred!

  15. 15 jim Oct 12th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    nice, but the rear tire’s a little too big…

  16. 16 Oct 12th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Fred, Tits Up ! This Bike is SEXY. This Bike has Eyes and is 99% Gorgeous. I Agree 100% with jim, Rear Tire is to big for the kind of Performance that this Bike looks like it was designed for! Ferrari on 2 Wheels is a great description. I will bet Dub’s next one might be RED!

  17. 17 Oct 12th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I forgot to say why only 99%, Mirrors are useless !

  18. 18 martin Twofeather Oct 12th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Truely sweet

  19. 19 burnout Oct 12th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Very nice lines. Looks a little low at front of frame but, while one can’t go on looks alone, looks like it rides nice. peace

  20. 20 dub performance Oct 13th, 2010 at 3:33 am

    i make the same for the WRC world champion !
    but not in red !!!! in grey mat !

    thank for the comments !

    video with this bike :

    and making off :

  21. 21 maroco Oct 19th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Great bike, congrats to the builder.

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