Custom motorcycles are supposed to be one-offs: unique creations that make a statement about the owner or builder. Making a direct copy of someone else’s work is a no-no.
But over the years, we’ve heard tales of established builders being asked to replicate another custom bike. The answer is invariably no—and some builders won’t even replicate one of their own previous designs.
Jimmy Dressel from Germany’s Kaspeed found himself in this awkward situation. One of his clients had fallen in love with the Ducati racer built by Belgium’s Deep Creek Cycleworks.
The client already had a 750SS cafe racer built by Jimmy and his twin brother and father. Now he wanted a retro racer suitable for the track days at his local circuit—the Red Bull Ring in Austria.…