“It feels like riding a crazy race horse.”
In Italian, Multistrada means “Many Roads” — an apt name for Ducati’s bold multipurpose motorcycle. Introduced in 2004, the Multistrada 1000 featuring an air-cooled, two-valve, dual-spark L-twin engine with 85 bhp on tap, and it drew high marks as a truly versatile two-wheeler, capable of entertaining on- and off-road antics.
However, the bike’s aesthetics were another matter:
“The reaction was one of hushed shock, because the Multistrada looks like nothing else – except possibly a Dyson upright vacuum. Ducati is known for producing iconic machines such as the 916 and Monster and now it unveils something that looks like the result of a night of taboo sex between a Cyberman and a supermoto.” —Visor Down
That combination of strong performance and weird aesthetics makes the Multistrada a perfect platform for customization, especially since original fairings on many donors have been trashed. Today, we’re thrilled to present this custom Multistrada scrambler from our friend Tom Kol of Israel’s Loko Dream Factory, a business owner and father of three girls who lives on a farm in the north of the country.
Tom, who built the XR600R restomod we recently featured, has been racing rally, motocross, and enduro for years. He restored old tractors before turning to custom bikes, which he builds out of his farm garage:
“I build each bike for myself, so I choose the bike I love the most, and create them exactly the way I dream them and want them to be.”
T0m built this 2005 Multistrada 1000 as a high-performance daily driver with true dual-purpose capability:
“I always wanted for myself a fast, lightweight street bike that had good off-road capabilities and looked different and sexy. I created a bike that can go directly from street to off-road and will have excellent performance on both.”
Highlights include the custom aluminum shrouds that replace the OEM fairings, holding the bike’s ECU and electronics, and the massive Trail Tech Baja lighting unit like the one on his XR600R. The subframe and saddle have been completely redesigned and rebuilt, and the bike is now running an Öhlins rear shock, redesigned exhaust and cooling systems, lots of new paint, and much more.
Tom calls his Multistrada the “King of Lokos” — an apt name for the riding experience:
“Crazy! It is so lightweight and powerful! It feels like riding a crazy race horse. I go with it directly from the city to off-road with so much fun.”
Below, we talk to Tom for the full details on the build. Photos courtesy of Nir Amos (@nir_amos32).
Multistrada Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I am from Israel, I have three girls and own businesses in the USA for my livelihood. I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and race rally, motocross, and enduro as a hobby here in Israel. I started restoring old tractors because I grew up as a kid runningaround tractors all day. My first project was an all-American 1970 John Deere 3020.
One day I found Pinterest and an amazing new world of sexy scramblers and cafe racers. The pictures on Pinterest blew my mind – then I started dreaming about sexy motorcycles at night. I started building my own a few years ago. I do it as hobby and keep most of the bikes for myself. So far, I’ve built eight bikes and I have two new ones on the lifts.
I build each bike for myself, so I choose the bike I love the most, and create them exactly the way I dream them and want them to be. Most of my projects are visions I dream at night or have in my mind. After I have the idea, I start drawing the final result in my head, until I feel I love what I’m envisioning in my head. I do them the way I think they had to go originally out of the factory. I love big bikes and I create most of my bikes to be sexy and high-performance machines.
I live in a farm in the north of Israel. I built the garage / man cave, where I create the bikes in my farm garage. I enjoy building bikes so much!
• What’s the make, model, and year of the donor bike?
2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000.
• Why was this bike built?
I built this bike for myself for daily use.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
I always wanted for myself a fast, lightweight street bike that had good off-road capabilities and looked different and sexy. I created a bike that can go directly from street to off-road and will have excellent performance on both. The main influence for this project were the new scrambler bike designs and flat tracker race bikes.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- Trail Tech Baja front light
- Speedometer unit was re-installed on new head light
- The entire front fairings was removed and replaced by custom made aluminum cases to hold all the computer system and electricity inside.
- Rebuild the entire tail frame.
- Rebuilt and relocated the entire exhaust system.
- Replaced rear shock with an Öhlins.
- Redesigned the seat.
- Relocated the oil cooling system.
- Painted engine case
- Painted fuel tank
- Painted rims
- New front fender
- Replaced handlebar for more aggressive riding position.
- Replaced tires to 50/50 use.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
King of Lokos.
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
Crazy! It is so lightweight and powerful! It feels like riding a crazy race horse. I go with it directly from the city to off-road with so much fun.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The aluminum cases that replaced the front fairings The re-built tail frame. The front light and speedo unit. The super crazy final look of the bike.
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Photographer Credit: Nir Amos (@nir_amos32)