Starting the Electrics – key switch, coils + CDI on order

So the electrics are the next stage in the build. The coils are Magnetti Marelli which is the same brand Ducati uses, but they were sold as being for a Lamborgini, and much cheaper new than buying used Ducati ones. The key switch is kind of hidden under the tank. It points down so the key has to be removed when you switch it off, but at least that means I can’t leave the key in there by mistake.

I can’t use an original Ducati ignition system box, as the bike should be fuel injected and I imagine without the injectors and lambda sensors it will go into some safe/limp mode. Plus the ignition boxes are pared to a particular key switch and key as a security feature.

Luckily it’s easy to get an after-market ignition system that plugs into the original ignition trigger on the bike. Ignitech in the Czech Republic can make an ignition system for any bike, including odd ball stuff like this. I’ve had two off them before for carbie Ducatis and they’ve been faultless. I just email them saying what I want, they invoice me for 140Euros and a custom fully programmable (you can add a throttle position sensor, change the ignition advance curve as well as run a side-stand cutout), but also plug and play ignition system gets delivered. Sweet.


Passinger Footpegs + Grabrail


I can’t see the point of a bike that can’t take a passenger, and to get through the MSVA test I need to fit passenger footpegs and some kind of hand hold if it’s registered as a two seater. I know I could just lie and say it’s only a single seater, forget about the grab rail and make the passenger hold on to me but I want to make it work properly. The footpegs are BMX stunt pegs. Also the grab rail stops you sliding off the back quite nicely whether you’re holding on to it or not.

Kerker Exhaust


I scored a Kerker exhaust can and link pipe cheap on ebay. The can is¬†pretty beaten up, but with a bit of a spruce up it’ll look fine (did I say it was cheap?). I cut about 4 inches off the length to make it look more Kerker-ish.

I modified the link pipe to make it 2 into 1, before it was just a bit of curved pipe. I made the exhaust from a Ducati system I cut up. It looks pretty Heath Robinson now but when it’s painted black and the Kerker can is cleaned up with the name plate touched up and re-attached it’ll look ¬†pretty good I think and very 80’s.