Since it seems the group builds may be taking a hiatus I thought I would try my first bike build. Having seen Richard’s Yamaha GP bike and also the wagon build with those great wooden wheels I started on the Ducati this weekend, with the wheels of course.
This is what I am aiming for, a Ducati 750 Super Sport, an all time classic sports bike. Ducati only made around 400 and they sell for about $130,000 these days.
The rims are white metal but one of the things I learned from my last build is instead of painting them metallic is to polish them out instead. It gives a more natural look.
Each wheel has 40 spokes so its a case of drilling out 80 holes, ensuring each is angled in the right direction. The hub is polished, not as much, and drilled out as well.
MFH provide a jig to keep it all centralised.
and spokes and connectors
and so the lacing (I think that’s the right term) of the hub begins. Bottom 20 spokes
then top 20 to complete the wheel
Once I am sure it is all right, I will trim the excess spokes and add a touch of CA to each end. That was the front wheel. I guess it took about 5 hours of drilling, polishing and lacing.