WHEELS Wednesday #8 – Cafe9
The Cafe9 is a perfect example of a modern cafe racer. Based on Ducati’s 999 superbike, the Cafe9 uses a water-cooled, DOHC Ducati V-Twin producing 150 crank horsepower and a hefty 80 ft-lbs of torque (claimed). The torque should help the bike excel in daily riding, and Steffano claims the Cafe9 weighs an incredible 375lbs. The rider sits on an exotic sting-ray hide seat, protected from the wind by the Aerospace-grade carbon fiber bodywork with an updated twist on the classic cafe racer style. Super-lightweight 20-spoke forged wheels put the power to the ground, and the rider’s inputs are transmitted through fully adjustable controls (footrests, levers, handlebars). The Ducati V-Twin’s mainly black components are highlighted by numerous red-anodized lightweight aluminum items, color-matched with the blood-red tank and bodywork. The final styling detail is particularly unique – the silencer box is integrated into the shape of the tail unit, and features a single oval outlet on each side.
For more information, or to contact Steffano about turning your late-model sportbike into something unique and beautiful, check out the company’s web site at steffanomotors.com.