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BCR Project Bike Monster Tracker - BCR, Corona, California
21st December 2012
are very pleased to feature the latest Project bike ' BCR Ducati
Monster Tracker' form Benjie's Cafe Racers, The motorcycle is
originally a low mileage 2007 Ducati Monster S2R800 with only 8k
miles on the clock. Originally BCR wanted to build something a bit
different, maybe a Cafe racer, but after some deliberation the idea
changed to turning the bike into something a little more radical.. A
Tracker/Urban Scrambler with a little steam punk flare.
the bike's stock plastic Tank was pretty swollen, plus the Steering
stopper had been adjusted all the way out so the trees would not hit
the swollen fuel tank, this compromised the turning radius of the
bike which effected the whole maneuverability of the bike especially
In theme with most traditional Trackers
BCR wanted a narrower sleeker look to the Ducati Monster, so the
original tank and wide seat had to go. A new Fuel tank had to be
designed, although taking into consideration that if a narrower tank was
used; then there would be the issue of a much lower fuel capacity of
around the 2 gallon mark.
After much thought BCR decided to go
for the more logical idea of fabricating a fuel tank under the seat and
run it to the back of the bike, which is very popular with most
adventure bikes these days. The tanks capacity would also be boosted to
around 4 gallons whilst retaining that desired narrower look.The tank was fabricated from sheet aluminum, and then shaped to follow the
tail part of the trellis frame. the rear of the tank has been widened
to allow more fuel, and to give the bike that classic Cafe/tracker
styling. The location of the fuel cap has not changed and is still at
the front of the seat.
A special aluminum cover has been made
which replicates the original fuel tank, which hides the main battery,
air box and also the electrics, BCR has even added classic style knee
indents to the cover for a more authentic old school look
of the things which had to be carefully worked out was placing of the
seat, due to the tank being made from aluminum the seat would have to
mounted in such a way that there could be no added stresses applied to
the tank, because this type of tank is prone to fracturing or cracking
under stress. So a special mounting frame was created so that the seat
could be affixed a good 1/4” away from the tank. the seat pan was
crafted out of fiberglass, and then upholstered in rich black leather
and finished in classic double stitching. Also as a protection measure a
Stainless wraparound grill has been made to cover the tail section of
the fuel tank.
Situated at the front of the Tracker, is a MX
style plate fabricated from aluminum, with a small head lamp which is
seated in a hand hammered headlamp shroud finished with stainless fasteners.
Keeping in the tracker theme, BCR decided
to fabricate a retro styled 2 into 2 high side exhaust. the rear
cylinder header runs towards the front of the bike, which exits on the
throttle side of the bike. With the front header following the rear
header pipe. The exhausts are made from stainless steel, with aluminum
A great looking touch on this bike is the
ultra-light minimalistic front mudguard, which is made from fiberglass
supported by a stainless steel rod frame. The rear mud guard has been
modeled on a old school British scrambler, which is supported by a
looped frame tube at the rear of the frame, another great touch we like
is the bespoke hand hammered aluminum tail light, which passes through the rear tubing of the frame.
the controls of the tracker the original tapered bars have been
removed, and in their place are a set of higher Pro tapered bars with
medium lift, which are bolted bolted on the stock risers.
Foot controls, along with pegs have been machined out of stainless
steel which fit in with the MX styling, above the controls are a nice
set of bespoke heel guards which again have been fabricated from steel
rods which match the stainless rack on the rear tank of the bike.
decided to keep the engine standard, due to the 800cc power plant
having ample enough torque for what the bike has been built for, there
only needed to be a couple of tweaks in the Engine management
department, so a Power commander was fitted to smooth out the free
flowing exhausts, and Air pod filters. Cosmetically the engine has
benefited from a slight makeover, side cases, valve covers and cam end
covers have all been polished.
Article: Si Mason SYB Magazine - Photography: Ben Chan, Blacksheep Photography, California