The week of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has arrived and there will be many more or less “exotic” bikes that will compete in the different categories to win the laurels in the various categories of the 2019 edition.
Among these is also the latest creation by Michael Woolaway, aka “Woolie”, renowned customizer and Design Director of Deus Ex Machina US, who had already assaulted the event last year and who this year will be presenting a heavy evolution of the Ducati Hypermotard SP based special with which he competed in 2018. The name, “Beastie”, has been confirmed, but otherwise its connotations are quite different.
Last year, riding the first “Beastie”, “Woolie” took second place in the Exhibition class, completing the famous ascent of Colorado Springs in 11’40″74. The experience gained on that occasion, as explicitly confirmed by its “creator”, was therefore fundamental to generate the second “Beastie”, now lighter and more powerful but with a well-defined Ducati DNA.
First of all, the engine is the 1198 R, an engine that was entrusted to the care of American specialist Mark Sutton, who slipped it into the cast aluminium casings of the 2007 1098 R Superbike and refined it until it developed 180 bhp at the wheel!
The frame has been replaced by a suitably modified version of the Streetfighter’s, which joins the 999’s steering headstock to match an Öhlins adjustable upside-down fork “borrowed” from an 1198S, while behind it is an Öhlins TTX mono with a longer magnesium swingarm, all of which – according to “Woolie” – meets World Superbike specifications.
Superstite from last year’s bike, in addition to the Microtec control unit, saddle frame assembly and number plate, is the BST carbon fibre front rim, adorned with Brembo calipers and BrakeTech discs. Now there is also a BST carbon fibre rim at the rear, where the SC-Project end caps at the end of new ceramic-coated headers also stand out.
Made for the purpose the “old fashion” aluminium fuel tank is 12 litres, more than enough to complete the 156 curves of the challenge for which it came to light. Much of the “tinsel” of the fairing has been eliminated in favour of shrivelled carbon fibre details, so much so that the total weight of the bike, with 9.5 litres of fuel on board, is only 157 kg!
At Pikes Peak, this fierce Ducati “Beastie” made by Michael Woolaway for Deus-Ex-Machina will find itself sharing the asphalt with the already talked about Streetfighter V4, a bike that we will see in its “production” version at the next EICMA. Who knows which of the two will be the fastest to get to the top…