Ad Hoc Duc 1 With Sideburn Magazine's third iteration of DirtQuake just over a week away it seems fitting that we feature a turn-left inspired build. Plus I am massively biased towards dirt oriented machinery and always fancied tearing a Multistrada apart and doing something similar. Plus, it gives a chance to wax lyrical about Ad Hoc and their slick creations. Ad Hoc Duc 2 Owner of this latest build, Paul Berry from London, is a trusting sort of chap as last summer he waved goodbye to his 2004 Ducati Mulistrada 1000DS city hack and shipped it off to Ad Hoc's Barcelona workshop for David to work his magic. The brief, lightweight urban racer. Out came the crayons, and after a few weeks of colouring in, proposed visuals were beamed back to London. Ad Hoc Duc 3Initailly David and Paul had agreed on using a Hypermotard tank but the proposed modifications just didn't look right on paper. A block of clay was scraped into the squat shape you see here. The steel fuel tank, handmade of course, reclaims space previously held hostage by the greedy airbox and engine management hardware. Simple foam filters sort the breathing issue whilst the wiring harness and battery have been crammed into a confined box. This build should be called the David Blaine as I know the parts are in there but I can't see how, there just isn't enough space! Ad Hoc Duc 4 Trellis frame sections were fabricated to encapsulate the new fuel and electricity storage facility as well as a cunning new subframe out back. Should Paul need to give someone a lift, he need only remove four bolts and convert the Monoposto into a Chicatransporto. No big ones though Paul as the discreet LED tail light could be easily obscured by even the slightest overhang. Ad Hoc Duc 5The white frame tubes look the business against the black V-twin (OK, L-twin if you're being fussy), especially with the rearward Desmodronic head poking up towards the rider's nether regions. In profile the single sided swingarm and fat Michelin Anakee 3s give a proper stance with the Dukes of Hazard esque paint suggesting speed and lurid power slides are imminent. If you see Tower Bridge raising to let a ship pass beneath, keep your eyes skyward in case Paul is evading a 'Smokey' with a huge jump. Ad Hoc Duc 6 Chunky Easton bars are powder coated white to match the rest of the framework, with tiny bar-end mirrors reducing clutter. Ad Hoc Duc 7 The fork tube outers were made to give extra visual impact and tie the front end into the framework, and also provides a handy place to mount the headlight set up. The rectangular lamp has a Perspex cover which is interchangeable, from clear to smoked. Nice touch. Ad Hoc Duc 8 The build has been named Haptica which comes from the Greek for communication by touch, kinda fancy. I'd pay handsomely to feel my way around the shale at Kings Lynn next weekend and scream with excitement whilst doing it, if that classes as Haptic. If you like what you see, get in touch with David at Ad Hoc and send him more bikes as we love seeing them in The Shed. We have loads more Ad Hoc creations on their very own Ad Hoc Bike Shed Page. Outdoor photos are by Maynou Gerard, and the studio shots by Monica Doallo
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