Ever since the Ducati Scrambler made its comeback in 2015, custom bike shops the world over have been tearing these things down and building them back up into incredibly unique pieces of art. Naturally, the bike lent itself to cafe racer builds — something Ducati couldn’t even resist building for itself. But, I think it’s safe to say everyone can stop now because nothing will ever come close to the deBolex Engineering Ducati 803, over on Bike Exif.
The London-based deBolex Engineering said it had “full freedom on the project,” and went wild on pouring the essence of the builder’s style into the bike. Right out of the box, the Ducati Scrambler makes a beautiful blank canvas for all levels of customization, which is why so many bike shops gravitate towards it. And while this isn’t the first cafe’d Ducati Scrambler, the way deBolex Engineering executed the smaller details along with the more apparent additions and alterations makes it stand out.
DeBloex Engineering shrink wrapped the fairings around the engine, radiator and oil-cooler, but the asymmetrical balance of the body work-bulge over the exhaust and the critical air intakes for cooling expertly marry artistic design and genuine function. The only thing that looks slightly out of place is the Scrambler’s stock digital display. But, you know what? I think I can ignore that. The rest of the bike is drop dead gorgeous to the point it honestly doesn’t matter. In the end, what DeBolex Engineering buit is an elegantly streamlined bike that calls back to the golden era of Tourist trophy racing, and at the same time, encapsulating one of the best to hit the road in the past 10 years.