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Do The Ton May 2017 Bike of The Month Winner

Do The Ton May 2017 Bike of The Month Winner
By Dime City Cycles May 18, 2017 1 comment

If you're going to combine brands, you could do a lot worse than Honda and Ducati. Jeff Gittleson of Wantagh, New York, proves just that with his race-inspired build using a Ducati 160 motor in a Honda frame, and it's clear why he's the current pick for Bike of the Month at Just look at this beauty.

Jeff's the best guy to talk about his ride, which he's dubbed The Featherweight, and lucky for us his website tells the story:

"It's not often I get to work on a project for myself, but when I do, I prefer to create something outside the box. I've been wanting to play with a Ducati Single for a while now, but every time I see one someone else built, it's either a 250, 350, or 450. The little guys don't get any love, so when the 160 fell into my lap, I jumped on it. According to Ducati expert Tom Bailey, who was kind enough to be a resource for me on this project, the 160 is the closest motor to the original bevel singles used for endurance racing.

The motor has had a makeover internally, with a hone, minor port job, barrell milled to raise compression, digital ignition, and 150w upgraded charging system. This has been married to a 22mm mikuni carb, custom intake manfiold, and nice free flow exhaust, opening up a bit more power from this little guy. By adding length to the intake manifold, and using a mikuni carb with an oval port, the torque curve was influenced, giving the motor beautiful grunt for its size at much lower rpms than seen in its original form. Since most of the time the bike will be ridden on local roads for commuting purposes, any performance increase couldn't sacrifice the reliability these motors were so well known for.

Unlike most of my other work, I left the patina on the outside, keeping the appearance of 'unrestored original' that's become a growing trend. Since we upped the power, and put the bike on a major diet (somewhere under 200lbs wet), it's hard to remember it's only a 160. Simple, lightweight, and distraction free." (Jeff's Website)
Photos by Anthony Benussi/Hathsin Photography
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  • 160cc Ducati Monza motor, honed, ported, and milled to 9.7:1 compression.
  • Mikuni 22mm carb, Kinesis Moto custom intake manifold
  • Kinesis Moto custom exhaust
  • electrex world 150W charging system, digital ignition
  • Kinesis Moto modified honda cb175 frame
  • Cb175 wheels
  • Dime City rearsets
  • Woodcraft clipons
  • Kinesis Moto wiring harness

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Drew May 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM
WOW,sensational work here Jeff!!! Absolutely stunning beauty,no matter how your looking at it,from any direction!!! I LOVE small c.c.'d bike engines,and because she's a DUCATI..........that's the icing on the cake right there!!! Beautiful work!!!