Walt Siegl Motorcycles Blog | Walt Siegl Motorcycles
- By Walt Siegl
“The Leggeros are built around 2-valve, air-cooled Ducati engines, which Ducati is in the process of phasing out. There is no engine out there, by any other manufacturer, that has the characteristics of the 2-valve Desmo motor. It’s that 90 degree, 2-valve, Desmo engine that won so many hearts, including mine. It’s a brilliant performer that can be hammered on the racetrack or ridden to the grocery store. With today’s brakes, modern suspension components, and fuel injection systems you can build a truly reliable motorcycle. No, it won’t have 200 horsepower, but that was never really what owning a Ducati was all about.
People bought Ducatis because they evoked a certain feeling: They made you fall in love with them. They evoked sensations that other manufacturers were never able to capture. No matter what engine size, be it a 650 or an 1100, you have plenty of grunt out of corners. You dip the bike in and, as soon as you clip the apex, you feed the throttle in and it makes you grin stupid. It’s just about how these engines make power that is so much fun. And at the end of the ride your jacket smells like spent gas. The new motor technology just doesn’t give you that anymore.
Ducati is still building outstanding, heartthrob bikes, but they’re based on something else. Today’s bikes have traction control, ABS, automatic electronic suspension adjustments and more. It all doesn’t necessarily make it a better product, and it certainly doesn’t make it a safer product. It just makes it a more complicated product. And it doesn’t add to the fun factor.
With the Leggeros, I’m hoping to get the best out of the original Ducati designs by working with all the really great characteristics that Ducati has engineered into their bikes, and by making everything lighter and stronger. With the 2-valve engine, I need less components: I don’t need a radiator, water pump, fan shroud, hoses, overflow tank, any of that, so the design is much cleaner.” – Walt
The frame is built with 4130 chrome moly steel tubing and weighs 15 lbs. Front and rear suspension are by Showa, unless customer opts for something different. The engines are rebuilt and blueprinted two-valve Ducati units, fitted with Keihins FCRs or fuel injection systems. There is a half-fairing option as well. Bodywork choices are full kevlar or kevlar with laminated carbon fiber.
The base price for a Leggero series motorcycle is 35,000 USD.
For European clients, an agent in Germany provides all importing services, including the EU-required TÜV approval. Also available, via agent, are export/import services for Australia and New Zealand.
- By Walt Siegl
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