A Singularly designed, adventure mount to support long distance, off road expeditions. A middleweight ADV bike with all the necessities and none of the frills.
6 GALLONS, HAND FORMED TANK
2 GALLON AUXILIARY IN THE HAND FORMED TAIL
21" F. 18" R. WHEEL PACKAGE
KEVLAR SKID PLATE
NARROW SOLO SEAT
SWING ARM EXTENDERS (+3" OF WHEELBASE)
HEAVY DUTY LUGGAGE CARRIER SYSTEM
Building this machine was not an end unto itself. The concept was to design, build and campaign a bike unsupported through the back roads and trails of Alaska with a select group of similarly crazed knuckleheads and make some memories.
The Alaskan is based on a 2018 Ducati Desert Sled selected for its heavily strengthened frame, longer Swingarm and taller suspension as well as the simple air cooled 800.
The tanks, seat and fenders were formed by hand with a Surform. The masters were dense modeling foam and Bondo.
This process is preferable because of the immediacy of sculpting, checking for ergonomic fit and repeat - until achieving the perfect, tailored fit.
Once masters were completed and molds produced, the first set of parts were fitted and extensively tested for comfort and durability in the deserts of Southern California and finally - the Alaskan wilderness.