German custom builder Walt Siegl has developed a stylish and modern cafe-racer called Leggero. While only a prototype for now, Walt expects to produce a small batch of motorcycles based on a Ducati two-cylinder 900cc engine. As is the norm, while a one-off would cost big money, small-scale production is likely to improve the situation without a loss of quality in the final product.
Walt Siegl: “I wanted to use classic sport/racing design elements that are clearly recognizable. That includes almost all aspects of the build, from exhaust to frame design. The frame is built with 4130 chromoly steel tubing and weighs 19 lbs. Front and rear suspension are by Showa, unless the customer opts for Öhlins. The engines are rebuilt 900cc two-valve Ducati units, fitted with 39mm Keihins FCRs.”
In the design and construction of the bike, Walt Siegl was helped out by numerous other specialists. For example, the frame and foot were redesigned by the guys at M & E Design, who used the Solidworks programme for all analysis, calculations and tests of strength, etc. Matt Tanner of Tannermatic made the moulds for the production of the fuel tank and tail. Dave Goddard helped with painting the cafe racer, Eric Cobalt with the engine, Vivienne Smith with the upholstered seat, and Alex Vogel, a modern electrical system.
Features «Leggero Series»:
• Motor Ducati 900
• Keihin FCR carburetors 39mm
• Homemade steel exhaust systems in the style of Conti
• Frame made of chromium-molybdenum (4130) tubes, made in the image frame Ducati Verlicchi TT1/TT2 and weighs just 8.6 kg
• Showa fork, Öhlins shock absorbers
• Carbon-fibre body, fuel tank and tail