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Stone Cold Crazy: A Ducati Monster Wrapped in Basalt

Stone Cold Crazy: A Ducati Monster Wrapped in Basalt

A Ducati Monster 400 cafe racer with basalt fiber bodywork
We’ve seen builders manipulate steel, aluminum, titanium, fiberglass and carbon fiber. But this creamy smooth Ducati Monster 400 cafe racer features a material that very few people know about: basalt fiber. Indeed, we’ve only come across it once before, on Mark Atkinson’s breathtaking BMW Alpha landspeeder.

For 25-year-old New Zealander Max Betteridge, it was a material he wanted to use even before he had a bike to try it out on.

A Ducati Monster 400 cafe racer with basalt fiber bodywork
“In many ways, basalt is the new carbon,” he tells us. “It has similar performance to carbon but at a lower price. What captured me was the subtle gold hue in its reflection—in contrast to carbon’s harsh weave, basalt appears almost black until the light hits it at just the right angle.…

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