Lee Cavalier is a Business Analyst working for Verizon in New Zealand.
That’s serious work and after spending your day being in the focused work mode, as a true New Zealander you need to let off steam.
In this part of the world the boys work hard and play hard. Which may get them into trouble.
Renewing his energy in his workshop is Lee’s way of “avoiding inconvenient situations with law enforcement” he says.
The team at Bikebrewers is glad he made that choice.
From square to elegant
Every winter he looks to start a new project.
Having been introduced to the serene beauty of Ducati by his mates Neil and David he was bitten hard by the Italian bug.
Last years production was a Monster and in the past months he has been spannering on a Ducati 900 SS, turning this yellow bird into a magnificent black (and silver) swan.
The original bike was not bad, but not a ravishing beauty.
A bit boring to be honest.
But with Lee’s quest to build a caféracer with a ”first generation 70’s look” moves to machine into a whole new category. The realm of exquisiteness.
A build becomes more interesting when meeting obstacles on your path.
For our New Zealander sourcing the right tank was his biggest problem. A local Ducati mechanic had a custom made one available which would fit the bike after relocating some electrical bits and pieces. Not a huge challenge really, but as the bike was still in pieces Lee decided to hand it to Murray of Muzza bikes in Christchurch.
In their storehouse they also found a nice fairing which would add to the 70’s appearance of the Ducati. Mounting it required some extra work on producing the right frame for it and hiding electrical components.
Most of the work on the project was done by the builder himself, which included taking the 900SS apart, cleaning and putting it back together again. “With Ducati’s it is wise to leave replacing belts and other inner stuff up to specialists” says out builder. If possible, I’d rather focus on other aspects of rebuilding a bike.
“I am really glad with the result” Cavalier explains.
“My inspiration was to design a Ducati with this specific look. In my opinion I achieved my goal. Riding it puts a big grin on my face.
Before rebuilding it, the set up of the Duc was a bit uncomfortable for me and it wasn’t the greatest around town. With all the weight taken off and the modifications it is much more responsive and quick on the go.
Now a lovely bike and really manageable around town.
The fun factor has grown with a significant number of points. That’s what it is all about. Having fun riding the bikes you build.
And this one I will be riding for quite some time. As I see it now, this is a keeper.
But then again, I say this every time he laughes.”
• Removed the original tank, fairing, front mudguard, rear panels, seat, all lights
• Bespoke tank
• Bespoke seat pan
• Bespoke fairing
• Bespoke Tail tidy
• Bought New Headlight and headlight bowl
• Bought smoked glass for fairing from Germany
• Bespoke Seat ali set pan and upholstery
• Bought New Carbon fibre front mudguard from Germany
• Bought Carbon fibre instrument panel
• Bought LED rear light, indicators and number plate lights
• Bought New Grips from Italy
• Bespoke piping from the exhaust header to mufflers
• Bought standard chrome screw in fuel cap
• Bought Danmoto mufflers
• Painted wheels satin black
• Polished guards
• Full engine clean
• Painted rear frame
• Bought CNC open Clutch cover from Germany
• PPF protection on the tank and fairing
About the builder:
Name: Lee Cavalier
Birthday: 20 Nov 1967
Location: New Zealand
Education/background: MSc Marine Environmental studies/Hydrographic Surveyor/Marine Biologist
Day job: Business Analyst
Stacey Cavalier photography