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The Sexiest Motorcycle Design You’ve Ever Seen – The Ducati Scrambler MARIN

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Prepare to drool. Meet the UMC-038 Ducati Scrambler “MARIN” – an 800cc bike that is more lightweight than a 125cc Vespa. It was created to celebrate the Scrambler’s original trellis frame and is an impressive 85lbs lighter than the production Ducati Scrambler. It is also one of hottest Ducati’s we’ve seen in years.

I dig this skeletal, minimalistic, look. The UMC-038 Marin was designed for the Custom Rumble Competition. Despite Ducati’s decision to bring the Scrambler back into production, Untitled Motorcycles and Marin Speed Shop wanted to see the design pushed even further. The result is a clean, lightweight bike that has all the power you’d expect from a Ducati.

The beauty of the bike lies in its frame. The seat, custom petrol tank and headlight are all part of one single, slim body. While the bike is bare bones compared to heftier models with convenient compartments and features, stripping the bike down allowed the designers to get the bike down to 325lbs, making the UMC-038 Marin one of the most lightweight bikes in its speed class.

The UMC-038 Marin is a stunning balance of elegance and provocation, with bare metal mechanical parts supporting a bright red, classic Ducati painted frame. It’s a real beauty that demands the respect of its dedicated and enthusiastic designers. And the details… Mmmmmmm.

Untitled Motorcycles stats on its website that the competition bike is street legal, but that they will continue to enhance the design before it’s sold for personal use. While the machine is a beaut, flying down the street at 100 mph on a bike that’s lighter than a Vespa is asking for trouble. However, working on it sounds like a dream. Two bros could easily lift it onto blocks or a stand. A future without a lift or shop crane is close at hand.

Surprising enough, the Marin Scrambler design didn’t make the top 5 in the Custom Rumble design competition. To can see the finalists here–they’re amazing in their own right. 40 motorcycles were submitted in total. All of those, along with the latest on the competition and the winner, being announced July 1st at World Ducati Week 2016 can be seen on the Custom Rumble Instagram page.

Frame, Suspension, Wheels
Original frame, de-tabbed, original shock mount removed.
Ducati Monster S2R swingarm, Öhlins monoshock.
New subframe with welded-in LED channels, fabricated by Turk’s Shop.
Ducati ‘Rosso Corsa’ paint by Motojrefinish.
Ducati Monster M796 17″ front wheel.
Ducati Monster 1100 17″ rear wheel.
Continental RaceAttack Rain tyres (120/70-17 front, 180/55-17 rear).
EBC brake discs, customized.
GSX-R Showa big piston forks, stripped and anodized to match the frame by Ano-Tech.
OEM foot pegs and levers, customised by UMC-SF.
Custom fork guards, designed and fabricated in-house.

Electrics, Lighting
Rear LED strips, integrated into the rear hoop, act as both brake lights and turn signals (Custom Dynamics).
LED headlight, modified and machined in-house, mounted to a custom bracket welded to the headstock.
Antigravity XPS SC-1 lithium battery installed under custom seat.
Simplified loom, re-wrapped in neon orange fabric tape.
Original ignition retained and relocated to right hand side of frame, under custom petrol tank.

Motogadget motoscope mini speedometer and lights, machined into modified top fork bracket.
Brembo brake master cylinder with 2-into-2 braided stainless steel lines.
Brembo clutch master cylinder with braided stainless steel line.
Custom throttle with braided stainless steel cable.
Custom levers, with integrated LED turn signals, by HugeMoto.
Renthal low rise handlebar with custom switchgear.

Engine & Exhaust
Reprogrammed ECU
Oxygen sensors and air injectors removed
Stock plastic airbox removed, Uni snowmobile air filter installed
Original Bing throttle body retained, machined to accommodate air temperature sensor.
Clear high-pressure braided fuel line by Helix Racing.
Billet oil filler cap and sprocket cover by Slingshot Racing.
Hydraulic clutch conversion, Ducati clutch slave with braided stainless steel line.
Ducabike wet clutch cover with polycarbonate observation window, OEM clutch plates machined and finished.
Original stator cover machined and modified by Turk’s Shop.
Rear sprocket changed to 41-tooth to improve top-end speed.
QD Exhaust Ex-Box exhaust and headers, modified by UMC-SF

Custom-fabricated 10L steel petrol tank, original fuel pump, nickel plated and painted (range 95 miles, 115 miles on reserve).
Aluminum headlight housing, brushed and polished in-house, 1300LM LED spotlight.
Aluminum belly pan with mesh front panel and exhaust header cut-out detail by Nate Diepenbroek.
Seat upholstered in motocross grip vinyl by Acker Leather Works.

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