Tony Prust of Analogue Bikes is an old fashioned craftsman. He is able to turn his hand to his Chicago, and fine woodworking in addition to metallurgy -based workshop turns motorcycles which are practical along with attractively ended out.
Trend is eschewed by Tony, but there is frequently a stroke of serendipity in his time. Six months past, his 1949 Indian Scout racer became a beautiful counterpoint to the modern Scout. And now we’ve ‘Super Scrambler’–Tony’s take on the Ducati Scrambler.
Intelligent preparation? We’ll err on the side of happenstance, as the Ducati custom’s seed was put a year past. That is when customer Del Thomas–owner of an Analogue- approached Tony with a new thought.
“Del’s a lover of Ducatis,” says Tony, “and a couple of years past he restored a late 60s Scrambler 350.” Del, nevertheless, was irked by his Scrambler’s right-side shifter. “Del’s wondered if it was possible to construct something to compete with all the modern Triumph Scrambler–but using an old Ducati.”
Tony relishes a challenge, so he consented to undertake the job. In California, Del found a 1975 860 GT–from the very first year of the Ducati bevel double square-case engines. The donor had seat, no mufflers or light, as well as the tires had rotted to bits. But Tony got it running, as well as the Scrambler assemble was formally under way.
Tony began with the suspensor, installing a set of Fox Podium RC1 shocks–somewhat taller than stock span, to boost the suspension travel. “Subsequently Del and Tony studied front ends: what would have the required length, and spring weight alternatives?” They settled on a Triumph Tiger set up–including calipers, forks, bar mounts, an axle and triples.