Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

03/11/2013 @ 8:58 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


It has been a while since we posted about those crazy Spaniards at Radical Ducati, but long-time readers will remember fondly the exquisite custom motorcycles that Pepo and Reyes have created from the various pieces of Ducati’s finest.

It is hard to pick a favorite from machines like the Radical Ducati RAD02 Imola Cafe Racer, Radical Ducati Café Veloce, Radical Ducati Mikaracer, Radical Ducati Raceric, and Radical Ducati RAD 02 Corsa EVO, but our moto-lust keeps bringing us back to the Radical Ducati 9½ – a café racer styled motorcycle that uses an ST2 motor, a Monster 900 frame, and a 916 fuel tank and swingarm.

Getting its name from the ST2’s 944cc engine displacement, the 9½’s designation should tip-off where the Spanish firm has gone in its creation with the Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva. Another water-cooled machine, the 7½ Sportiva ups the ante with the Ducati Superbike 749R taking the honor as its donor bike, while still remaining true to its predecessor’s café racer look and feel.

Surely a peppy machine, we doubt anyone at Borgo Panigale imagined that a 749R would one day take the form created here by Radical Ducati, which once again only proves how appropriate of a name the company has given itself. Our new favorite machine from the boys from Madrid? Hmm…quite possibly, quite possibly.






Radical Ducati 7 ½ Sportiva Build List:

  • Donor bike : 749 R’04
  • RAD 02 montjuich aluminium front bracket modified.
  • RAD 02 montjuich aluminium rear subframe.
  • Hand made licence plate support.
  • Montesa rear light.
  • 749 R original fuel tank.
  • RAD 02 fiberglass montjuich solo seat.
  • RAD fiber glass front fairing.
  • 10 cm diameter front light with high/low beam , endurance type.
  • RAD blinkers.
  • LIPO Batery.
  • Repositioned electrical wiring, ECU and regulator.
  • Ohlins front fork
  • Ohlins rear schock
  • Rear brake caliper go down position
  • SP regulable ergal footrest
  • Carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Carbon fiber rear mudguard
  • Carbon fiber side swingaram protectors
  • Carbon fiber belt covers
  • Carbon fiber water pump protectors
  • Magnesium head covers
  • EVR CTS antihoping clutch
  • EVR slave piston
  • Brembo radial calipers,rotors
  • Brembo PR 19 radial brake pump
  • Quick open throttle Acossato
  • WOLFMAN 2 in 1 exhaust system with SPARK omologated megaphone
  • Modified air funnels
  • 749 R engine

Source: Radical Ducati; Photos: DEL PERRO

  • Prasenjit

    Now only if DUCATI mass produces such exotics at an affordable price point :)

  • chris

    9 1/2 ” a café racer styled motorcycle that uses an ST2 motor, a Monster 900 frame, and a 916 fuel tank and swingarm”

    it uses a 999 tank, and a kit swingarm, not a 916 unit.

    speaking from experience:

    their fiberglass is seriously wonky. not even hotbodies makes it that poorly anymore.

    their subframes don’t fit the frame because the tabs aren’t machined right, and the variation between subframes is ridiculous.

    they cover up their crappy fitment issues by draping the foam seat pad over the the area between the seat and tank.

    looks great in pictures though, eh?

  • ctk

    Chris thanks for the insight. Bummer that their craftsmanship doesn’t match their vision, but like all Ducatis I am OK with just enjoying them with my eyes and ears (rather than my wallet!!!)

  • Here’s a link to the Radical Ducati shop which I didn’t see posted here, and no one ever seems to link back to though everyone has photos of their bikes posted everywhere across the net.



    They have a very cool shop, and some impressive looking bikes, I have no idea how they perform, but they look like they know what they’re doing.

    Anybody here ever seriously ridden one of their more radical bikes?

  • Marc