BMW R90 Interceptor – The Last RAD Bike

01/20/2014 @ 1:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS

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For the past week or so I have been stooped over in a depression, because after hearing the news that Radical Ducati would be shutting its doors after 15 years of incredible custom motorcycle building, I am just not sure if life is worth living. That’s a bit of hyperbole of course, but we are, like many, selfishly saddened to see that Pepo and Reyes will be moving onto bigger and better things.

So, it is with some irony that we bring you the last motorcycle to come from Radical Ducati — ironic because the machine is not one of RAD’s mix-matched Ducati’s, which has given the small Spanish firm such notoriety, but instead the motorcycle is a BMW, with the same unique style and flare. Dubbed the BMW R90 Interceptor, the machine is a joint project between Radical Ducati and MaxBOXER.

Noticeable right away is one of Radical Ducati’s signature tail pieces, and upon closer inspection one will see that the Interceptor sports Ducati pieces for its front-end, so not is all wrong with the world. Full of go as well as show, MaxBOXER has given the R100 motor a thorough going over, and the overall package looks quite the air-cooled business.

A bit different from the v-twins we are used to seeing from Radical Ducati, the Interceptor’s boxer engine and cafe race lines somehow still fit with the firm’s overall aesthetic. As Chris Hunter from BikeEXIF penned, the machine is a fitting swansong for Radical Ducati. We can’t agree more.

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BMW R90 Interceptor Build List:

  • Modified  BMW R80 ST frame with reinforced tubes
  • Monolever  swing arm and R100RS Monolever bevel box
  • Paralever modified (17 inches) rear wheel
  • Ducati  Monster  yokes
  • Ducati Sport Classic fork
  • Tomaselli clip-ons
  • Ducati Sport Classic spoked front wheel (17 inches)
  • Ducati Monster 900 rotors
  • Ducati Sport Classic Discacciati calipers kit.
  • Ducati Monster 900  brake pump.
  • RAD, foldable and adjustabble CNC machined levers.
  • Tomaselli quick open gas throtle
  • Suzuki GSXR 600, clutch lever
  • Carbon Fiber RAD front mudguard
  • Pantahstica front fairing
  • Custom made front bracket
  • Modified Laverda fuel tank
  • Modified carbon fiber RAD 02 Montjuich solo seat
  • Derbi GPR 50  footlevers support
  • Tarrozi foot levers
  • SuperMario 2 in 1 exhaust system
  • BMW S1000RR  silencer
  • Dell’Orto PHM 40 carburetors
  • MWR airfilter  pods
  • R100 MaxBOXER Powered Engine :
  • Crankcase reduced to minumum
  • Upper positioned on frame for more ground clearance
  • Blueprinted motor
  • Head cylinders worked and gasflowed heads with bigger intakes, big valves,
  • Head cylinder cover with rapid oil filling hole
  • High-compression and lightened pistons
  • Racing light clutch
  • Oil pan intermediate crankcase, external oil filter
  • Ducati Paso oil radiator with external hoses
  • Revised and updated gearbox with racing adjustments
  • Electrics : Racing wire, LIPO battery, Silent Hetkit electronic front crankshaft ignition with 16 mappings, electronic regulator

Source: Radical Ducati

Comment:

  1. Chris Blair says:

    Goodbye Radical Ducati, you shall be missed.

  2. SBPilot says:

    I had the most strange feeling of amazement seeing this bike. What a piece of art. So sad RAD is closing it’s doors. Their 125TS remains my background for my phone.

  3. M. Smith says:

    What a silly wannabe motorcycle.

    Foam air filters, no headlight, twin front discs and a rear drum, and best of all, a frame
    which is flexible enough to guarantee excitement in any high speed maneuvers.

    The motorcycle world is better off now that the cretins who built this joke
    are doing something else.

  4. Judge says:

    Yeah, RD are closing shop to avoid all the lawsuits forthcoming when their aluminum swingarms fall apart: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/radical-ducati-matador/

  5. chris says:

    what? no more waiting 6 months for parts that don’t fit and are built poorly? damn.

  6. paulus says:

    Give the RAD guys some credit… they were actually doing something

    “It is not the critic who counts;………”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

  7. Shinigami says:

    What’s next, a Honda Panigale? Kawasaki GSX-R?

    How about a Chrysler Mustang? Audi Camaro?

  8. Norm G. says:

    re: “Goodbye Radical Ducati, you shall be missed.”

    re: “Their 125TS remains my background for my phone.”

    sounds like the “pictures” of their bikes will be missed.

    question to all who keep saying they will be missed, did any of you lauding their work actually come off the dime and BUY any of their creations…?

    seems to me they spent countless hours tweaking the details on these assemblies. like ‘em or not, functional or not, not a one appears to be something thrown together slapdash…? I don’t see where heaps of praise and free photographs was keeping gas in the wife’s car, or the daughter’s tuition bill paid.

    or was all this “sweat equity” meant to be another 501C non-profit endeavour dedicated to the artistic betterment of motorcycling…? in that case the end wasn’t an “if” question, but a “when” question. like “when” with economy of Spain in tatters, we’re the wives/gf’s/families going to get tired of them screwin’ around and tell ‘em to get real jobs.

  9. Norm G. says:

    re: “Give the RAD guys some credit… they were actually doing something”

    but what did WE do that’s the question…?

  10. geokan says:

    Some silly and harsh comments here, and definitely the motorcycle world will not be better if every romantic gearhead will quit from building dream bikes :(

    If some people can’t understand the need for individual interpatation of two wheels that some passionate gearheads may have, they can go buy a commuter or whatever they want, and stop trolling…

    The moto community is colorful and openminded and there are plenty of roads for everyone.

  11. Jorge says:

    Look at the shot of the rear, that carbon tail looks like it was found in the bin.

    NCR Ducati builds some beautiful old school bikes that put this garage hack job to shame.

  12. M. Smith says:

    “:If some people can’t understand the need for individual interpatation of two wheels that some passionate gearheads may have, they can go buy a commuter or whatever they want, and stop trolling…”

    An opinion which differs from yours is a troll ? Thanks for the laughs, that is hilarious.

    The truth is that some people lack the knowledge which would permit them to understand
    when some modifications are not a good idea, and they parrot the “it’s all good” bs
    because they have no other means by which to defend their arguments.

    A motorcycle is not a hair style, it is a MACHINE. But because some people want to express
    their “individuality” we see literally dozens of formerly good bikes which now wear pipe wrap and Firestones, on absurdist sites like BikeEXIF. Those bikes will be miserable and unsafe to ride in the real world. And a real rider ( not to be confused with a hipster or a poseur ) knows this is true.

    You people who like this bike are of course entitled to your opinion. But you are wrong if you think it is a bike which stands up to engineering scrutiny. It is a misguided styling attempt that will reveal its flaws if it is ever put to serious use.

    If you want to see modded bikes which actually look good AND make good engineering sense,
    look at what Richard does at Mule. He builds beautiful machines which can actually be ridden.
    Bikes from Mule are the real deal. There is a reason he is still in business and Radical are not.

  13. L2C says:

    “Look at the shot of the rear, that carbon tail looks like it was found in the bin. “

    If the assignment was to “transform one man’s trash into another’s work of art,” then job well done.

  14. M. Smith says:

    “NCR Ducati builds some beautiful old school bikes that put this garage hack job to shame.”

    Indeed, NCR stuff is as good as it gets, though the old Bimota stuff was on the
    same level.

    NCR is about engineering, and pretenders like Radical are about styling.

    The next time you ride on a Boeing or an Airbus, think about whether you’d prefer that aircraft to have been designed by stylists or engineers, as you ride along at Mach .9, many thousands of feet above the surface of the earth.

  15. L2C says:

    “You people who like this bike are of course entitled to your opinion. But you are wrong if you think it is a bike which stands up to engineering scrutiny. It is a misguided styling attempt that will reveal its flaws if it is ever put to serious use.”

    Asking the wrong questions, providing the wrong answers.

  16. M. Smith says:

    “L2C says:
    Asking the wrong questions, providing the wrong answers.”

    Spew all you want, you’ll still be an idiot when you’re done.

  17. L2C says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  18. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    you guys need to lighten up.

    The only thing I find odd–Jensen, how can you can rip on the West Coast Choppers guys (I fully support that, btw), but love RAD Ducati? Isnt’ chopping up bikes for form not function the same thing?

    My only objection is taking perfectly good bikes and chopping them into something that’s perfectly worthless but now costs tens of thousands of dollars more. I’m not knocking how they look. Unlike the others here, I think they look awesome. I object to their uselessness and price.

    Chop up the crashed and ratty. Like they were doing in England, or like the kids in San Francisco do now with the UJMs.–which are some of the coolest bikes I’ve seen in ages.

  19. The difference is pretty simple Chad, I don’t see any art in what OCC builds. The majority of their machines are gaudy “theme bikes” and the rest have spiderwebs and some impressive paint.

    RAD actually creates something new and unique that has visual appeal to me. I like they idea that they’re building things from the Ducati parts bin too — there’s a something new from something old quality to that.

    Not every bike has to be a “go” bike, but I do expect the “show” bikes to be visually pleasing.

  20. Judge says:

    “Not every bike has to be a “go” bike”

    WHAT!? OMG, Jensen, everything is fading, losing consciousness, can’t, breath…

    My world will never be the same.

  21. ADG says:

    You have to be kidding me! This “thing” is a POS!

  22. L2C says:

    Concept: Jizzed jeans. Artwork: Pitchforks and torches.

    Go figure.

  23. Matt Higgins says:

    This is a GREAT swansong for a great company! A simplistic design that took a lot of thought to execute. Lots to look at.

  24. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    Jensen,

    I basically agree with you regarding OCC. However, the theme here is essentially the same: changing a bike for aesthetic reasons.

    Just because what OCC does “looks” stupid to you doesn’t make it any less stupid than what RAD does. What you decide is smart or dumb is purely subjective.

    Your point of view makes me chuckle because it reminds me of that old southern senator (can’t recall who it was, Jesse Helms?) who said he knew when pornography was offensive when he saw it.

    So, sorry my friend. If you like RAD then you must come out of the closet as a OCC lover.