Ducati Elite II Café Racer by Moto Puro

03/05/2014 @ 3:02 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS


The Ducati 1199 Panigale is perhaps the pinnacle of technology for sport bikes from Bologna, Italy. With 195 horses of fury, and a positively anorexic dry weight of 367 lbs, the spec-sheet racing for the Panigale is intriguing, if getting around a race track the absolutely fastest way possible is your primary goal.

But what if you enjoy the finer things in your Ducati life as well? In that case, the brains at Moto Puro might have just the thing for your Desmo addiction: the Ducati Elite II.

To build the Elite II, the Dutch builders of Moto Puro took a Ducati 1199 Panigale S, and stripped the machine down to its Superquadro engine and electrical components. From there, those crazy Dutchmen built a café racer style motorcycle, complete with tubeless wire-laced wheels on single-sided swingarm.

The Elite II still uses the monocoque front frame for the airbox and headstock,  but Moto Puro has built its own trellis subframe for the rear seat. A hand-built aluminum fuel tank, a handlebar instead of clip-ons, and a custom exhaust from QD complete the café look.

The design is a bit different from the Krax-Moto rendering of the Pierobon-framed Panigale café racer. We like it just the same though, and it goes to show that you don’t need to wear tight-fitting jeans to get into this moto-aesthetic. Thanks for the tip Joost!










Photos: © 2014 Mark Kamphuis / MKFOTOGRAFIE – All Rights Reserved

  • Coreyvwc

    It would probably be best to include an image of the Original Ducati Elite to accompany the images of this “Elite II”. Most people have no clue what the Dutch company was going after with this design, and seem to just get really upset about it…


  • TheSwede

    Sweet baby jesus that is incredible

  • Is there a word for “simultaneously beautiful and silly?”

  • L2C

    Does it come with a pipe and a pair of velvet crested loafers? Blech! It’s extremely bourgeois. And why? But maybe that would have been palatable if the design was anywhere near coherent, which it isn’t. Instead it’s all forced and convoluted, a chromed pig with a ruby stuffed up its a–. That sh-t is profane.

    I mean, that’s if it’s supposed to be taken seriously. If not, then I can see the value in the presentation.

  • Gutterslob

    Too much visible plumbing

  • MikeG81

    I like what they tried to do; and with all that power I’m sure it’d be a blast to ride.

    But the lower radiator messes with the lines, and the sump, well, ya gotta wear pants when going commando.

  • Mitch

    ^ Haha, I was also going to mention the unfortunate oil pan, maybe that’s why the pictures include the kickstand. Still, the best ‘naked’ Pani I’ve seen.

  • Andrey

    Look, this has some great workmanship and clearly there has been a huge effort put into it but you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
    Many people try desperately to build something beautiful based on modern production machinery but ultimately they are severely limited by the fact that no designer has spent a single minute caring about what their creation will look like unclothed.
    These guys did a fantastic job but the thing still looks like crap; unsightly plumbing, brackets metal finishes and an engine that has no cosmetic appeal whatsoever.
    Fabulous finish and amazing execution,,,

  • hummbug

    Cafe Madness! Just leave it alone and stop playing with it or it will drop off.

  • L2C

    “Fabulous finish and amazing execution,,,”

    It probably looked better on paper, and felt better in the imagination. I’m not dismissing the effort, nor am I dismissing the work, it’s just that when I think café racer, I think minimal and utilitarian. Radical Ducati produced some great creations that managed to be both radical and true to form. But, to me, Moto Puro’s bike misses the mark by miles and miles.

    As satire, however, it does offer some interesting commentary. Not sure if that was intentional by the designers/builders. I’m also not sure if Ducati would appreciate it.

  • L2C

    Er, “intended,” not “intentional”. *boink*

  • sideswipeasaurus

    Wonderfully executed bad idea.

  • Chaz Michael Michaels

    Chopping up a perfectly good sportbike is like watching figure skating.–I don’t like it or hate it. I can appreciate somebody poured their time, heart, and soul into it. But I just go through the same 2 step thought progression: what is this, and why?

    I hope that wasn’t a perfectly good Panigale they chose to chop up.

  • I dont know guy’s it looks like a HOT mess to me.

  • Jorge

    A hot mess is right. I hope a sinkhole eats it.

  • Holy Hotness. This has to be the SEXIEST modern cafe I’ve ever seen. I’d rock the piss out of this; at mid B-group pace…..

  • Norm G.

    looks cool, just like all the stuff from those Radical ducati guys who are now out of business.

  • Norm G.

    btw, i would’ve added some “bling” to that swingarm.

  • Grant Madden

    I have spent many hours on naked bikes and really ,with that much power the first thing it will need is a small fairing just to keep the wind off or sore neck and back are guaranteed. Other.Other than that it would be a cool machine to ride around on.

  • Gaudy, gag me with a spoon nightmare that just doesn’t really work. It should be a big hit in the ghetto though. :)