Between Past And Present. Ducati Leggero By Walt Siegel.

Leggero1Leggero2Leggero3From an old mill town in southern New Hampshire, Austrian born Walt Siegel builds bikes betraying his love for and background in racing. His dilemma, that most of his fellow custom builders are facing, is how to go beyond bolt-on bikes and still offer a product with a wider clientele than a few CEO’s. This number 1 of a limited production series of the 900 cc two-valve Ducati is intended to find the right balance (translate by price) to attract a clientele wishing a true bespoke machine and pay for it without visiting a lender.

Leggero4Leggero5There are so many options that Wielt will not give you any number until he lists them all to you. For style, you get a modern machine with the right mix of visual references to the past to give it a soul. For motor, a fully rebuilt engine. For structure, a custom 4130 chrome moly steel tubing frame weighting only 19 lbs, a full carbon fiber or painted vacuum molded fiberglass, Showa or Ohlins front and rear (mono or dual-shock) suspension, a custom stainless steel with collector exhaust system, a custom seat, modern technology electronic wiring, etc. Italian lust…Walt Siegel Motorcycles (photography @ Michael Rubistein)

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10 Responses to “Between Past And Present. Ducati Leggero By Walt Siegel.”


  1. 1 Brandon Jan 16th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Superb machine.

  2. 2 Greeko Jan 16th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Bellissimo.

  3. 3 eBikerLeather Jan 16th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful beast

  4. 4 GuitarSlinger Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Che bella machina ! Che buono ! Stunning sums it up in a nutshell !

  5. 5 burnout Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Yes,yes, yes! peace

  6. 6 Rodent Jan 16th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    There ain’t enough superlatives about this magnifancent machine

  7. 7 SIGFREED Jan 16th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This is what the Sport Classic [SC] should have looked like.

    The ‘trellis-frame’ is notoriously difficult to turn into a swank looking Monica Bellucci – most of the time it simply ends up looking like Silvio Berlusconi in tights; none less that most ugly Duc – viz the SC incongruity…

    Terblanche hit that special sweet-spot with MH900e, but not so the SC – here Pierre did his ‘Ter’-rible worst.

    Walt Siegel though, seems to have a perpetual perfect ‘eye’ for the naked trellis kind – check out some of his other (Ducati) efforts and you will be instantly smitten.

  8. 8 Danny Rohr Jan 16th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Gorgeous work.

  9. 9 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Jan 21st, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Cafe racers like this aircooled Ducati are always so bitchin’ cool and beautiful I always think I’d love to own or build one…..

    But then I realize how uncomfortable, underpowered, hard to maintain and ill handling they probably are compared to a modern production sportbike.

    And I go out take my latest, newest Ducati Superbike for a spin through the twisty Santa Monica Mountains – in this case an 1199RS Superbike with over 200hp at 380 pounds, with electronic Ohlins suspension, adjustable electronic riding models / traction control / engine braking and anti-lock brakes – a bike that handles and performs on par with a MotoGP bike so incredibly it brings tears of joy to my eyes. I bike with an incredible powerband no other bike can match, and with no limitations in handing. And realize how lucky we are.

  10. 10 Motodavide Jan 23rd, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    That last comment was a joke right?

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