Custom Ducati Scrambler by Holographic Hammer

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One of the most amazing features of Ducati’s Scrambler line is its versatility, with mods taking the factory model in all possible directions. And while some mods go for the grit of dirt track racers, the designers at Holographic Hammer decided to bring the Scrambler into the 21st century, opting to convert a factory standard into a sleek, clean café racer. Built by Sylvain and Florent Berneron, their Scrambler Hero mod started by contemplating the nature of the Scrambler as a bike; “for us a Scrambler is a bike you want to live with… so if you want to spend money on it, it will most probably be to change tires and brake pads to keep the fun coming.”

For us a Scrambler is a bike you want to live with…

Working with this in mind, the team didn’t want to invest in parts and labor that would end up being ruined by the nature of riding a Scrambler, and instead put their efforts towards making the bike faster and cleaner. The plan was then to keep the bike lightweight and powerful through the inclusion of high performance parts, LEDs, fuel injection, and more advanced suspensions and brakes. Besides simply giving the bike a makeover, the team felt they were filling the café racer niche that today’s market no longer finds room for. Their mod worked to keep the bike’s weight as light as possible, achieving a 145Kgs dry weight (around 320 lbs), so that it could perform more efficiently especially when taking a tight corner. Holographic Hammer then collaborated with a string of experts to upgrade the chassis, rims and other parts that would have been impractical to try and do all in-house. This kind of teamwork is important, as it builds partnerships among specialties, and in the future will lead to designs as sleek as the Scrambler Hero. With custom milled parts (including a subframe made in-house), carbon fiber rims, a brand new seat (also made in-house), a modified exhaust to fit a new silencer, and a stylish black and bronze color scheme, the bike offers all the beauty of a café racer with the rugged durability of an off-roader.

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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