La Sport 1000 della Tecknorace
This Sport 1000 has been set up in the name of craftsmanship and minimalism, taking its cue from the cafe racers of the seventies.

La Sport 1000 della Tecknorace

A special developed by Tecknorace on a Sport 1000 basis. With attention to detail, it is lighter than the original thanks to the use of hand-beaten aluminum parts.

This special was born from an idea of the owner of a Sport 1000 of 2005 who, wanting to customize his bike, turned to two specialists in the aftermarket sector.

For the accessory part, the name taken as a reference was that ofthe Cafe Twin workshop,specialized in Ducati-themed customizations based in Rome, while the aluminum tank and single-seater tail come from Tecknorace and have been custom-made.

This company is in fact able to shape aluminum at will for the construction of special parts and is based in the heart of Italian motorsport, namely in Maranello (MO).

This Sport 1000 has been set up in the name of craftsmanship and minimalism, taking its cue from the cafe racers of the seventies.

The tank of this Sport 1000,for example, was created completely by hand and, even, did not even provide for a so-called typing model: this means that the processing phase lasted more than 15 days and that only the expert eye of the slab has defined its lines so that they are as similar as possible to those of the original tank (compared to which it also maintains the same capacity of 15 liters).

The tank took more than 15 days of work and was done without a model, thanks to the expert eye of the binge!

Obtained from the aluminum tank are instead the refueling cap, the flange for the petrol pump and the related fixing bushings.

Per il codino monoposto, il proprietario della moto ha fornito un esemplare in vetroresina che, dopo esser stato adattato alle forme della Sport 1000, è stato riprodotto anch’esso in alluminio, sempre rigorosamente a mano, con l’aggiunta di una sella in pelle scamosciata che, a livello cromatico, si distingue da tutto il resto per il suo colore marrone, in contrasto con il nero del telaio e l’alluminio spazzolato delle sovrastrutture.

A detail of the brown suede saddle, handmade like the lad.

Both the tank and the codon are therefore ” plug and play “anddo not require structural modification to be installed on the standard bike.

In addition, the specimen in question also underwent the removal of the large fender and the rear optical group, replaced by a decidedly leaner aluminum body capacity and a small circular headlight, with a classic look but equipped with LEDs.

The original front fender does not even appear, but it has not been replaced, but simply eliminated in favor of maximum aesthetic cleanliness of the front.

The beautiful development of the manifolds of the Zard type 2 in 2 exhaust system.

The direction indicators ,both front and rear, gave way to others in black anodized aluminum called “bullet” for the particular bullet shape.

Among the various accessories that embellish the engine, there is also a small selection of items taken from the Rizomacatalog, such as the lids of the distribution straps in black anodized aluminum with transparent plexiglas cover, the cover of the perforated clutch to ensure a better cooling to the clutch itself (and to enhance even more the sound of this particular technician so dear to most duchies) and the anodized aluminum hood.

The instrumentation is standard, with circular elements with a white background.

Finally, here are the classic interventions on the hardware of the twin-cylinder, such as the type 2 in 2 exhaust system of the Stainless Steel Zard, the removal of the airbox (instead of which now appear two increased aluminum intake beets obtained from the tank and a pair of conical filters of the K&N with high permeability) and the Power Commander III control unit that no longer provides for the presence of lambda probes.

The “recipe” for suction and electronics was found in the form of a kit developed by an Australian company, Wasp Works,while the rest remained more or less standard.

The butterfly bodies, therefore, are still the 45 mm ones provided for by the original Magneti Marelli electronic injection system, just as the reaming and running measurements of 94 x 71.5 mm have not been “touched”, leaving the displacement at 992 cc as per the traffic book.

According to the stated data, even the absolute performance has not changed much, in favor of an improvement especially in terms of delivery, therefore the maximum power should be around 92 Hp and the torque of about 9.3 Kgm.

The engine has not undergone significant changes, beyond the replacement of the exhaust system, the elimination of the original airbox in favor of two increased suction croissants with cone trunk filters and the installation of a new electronic control unit.

Similarly, the bike still includes the Marzocchi fork with 43 mm inverted stems and the Sachs shock absorber as standard, as well as the 320 mm double disc braking system with brembo calipers floating with two pistons in front and a single disc of 245 mm with one piston clamp behind.

In addition to the intrinsic beauty, the Sport 1000 protagonist of this service is also appreciated for its lightness, with 175 kg dry.

The tyres, which, among other things, take advantage of the original spokes rims and therefore need an inner tube, provide for the classic measurements with the 120/70 front and the 180/55 rear, both 17″.

Fine details, sober livery and nothing superfluous: this is the recipe for a real cafe racer style special.

The result is a bike that, beyond its pleasant aesthetic appearance in cafe racer style,is also appreciated for a certain reduction in weight compared to the original model, quantifiable in about 4 kg, for a total of 175 kg dry: the merit is of those aluminum components that replaced the similar standard elements, as well as the minimalism with which the set-up was taken care of, made of a few frills and a lot of substance, as he once used to do on motorcycles parked in front of the Ace Cafe in London and which is part of a certain philosophy of understanding motorcycles and motorcycling.

The shapes of the single-seater tail have been shaped by hand starting from an aluminum plate.

Tecknorace’s achievements,in fact, are true to these ideals and never give up a good deal of “handmade” in order to stand out, even if this involves more time and costs.

Photos by Paolo Grana

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