70s-inspired Ducati 800 Street Tracker by XTR Pepo…
Introduced in 2015, the Ducati Scrambler was a bit of a misnomer, as it had a few of the trimmings of a proper scrambler beyond the name. However, the 803cc machine quickly proved itself as a great all-rounder.
“Its qualities shine through without the clever marketing. It’s easy to ride, small and light, has a lovely useable air-cooled V-twin with lots of low to mid-range power. There’s some lovely attention to detail on all the models. Experienced hands may want a little more power and noise, but everyone else will love it.” –MCN
The air-cooled L-twin was based on the Monster 796 mill, tweaked to put out a solid 75 bhp, and builders soon found the Scrambler excelled as a donor for a wide variety of custom builds. In terms of modern bikes, only the BMW R nineT can rival the Ducati Scrambler for popularity of customization.
One of the best in the business is “master constructor” Jose “Pepo” Rosell, who cut his teeth as the founder of the world-renowned workshop Radical Ducati before taking a sabbatical and reemerging with a new, more expansive brand: XTR Pepo.
XTR Pepo quickly outshone his old workshop with builds on a vast variety of different platforms. We’ve featured XTR builds on nearly every different manufacturer under the sun: BMW, Bultaco, Harley, Honda, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Yamaha…even a Mobylette! However, Pepo still returns often to his first love, the 90-degree L-twins of Ducati.
Back in 2016, one of our first-ever features from Pepo was his Ducati Scrambler “Regolarita” — a tribute to the original Ducati Scramblers of the 1960s. In contrast, his new custom Scrambler “Makoki” takes inspiration from vintage flat track motorcycles, with 70s-style bubble lettering, metal-flake paint, a tracker tail section and handlebars, side number plates, and other such details.
As with all XTR Pepo builds, there’s a heavy vintage racing influence. Our favorite part has to be the Castrol green swingarm, which really sets the bike apart from anything you’re likely to see with two wheels and a Ducati engine.
The nickname is a tribute to the Spanish comic antihero Makoki, a mental asylum escapee who became a counterculture icon in the 1970s — an antisocial roughneck usually depicted in his trademark straitjacket, headdress of torn electroshock wires, and wielding a broken wine bottle.
“Makoki really means a whole class of hooligan (that was current in the 70/80’s in Spain). Really Makoki is a reminder of my youth in Madrid. It’s my daily bike for riding through Madrid.” -Pepo
We can’t think of a better name for this 70s-inspired Bologna bull!
Build Sheet: “Makoki” by XTR Pepo
Donor Bike: Ducati Scrambler 2017
- Scrambler Classic Front Mudguard
- Mash Front Light
- Rizoma Conic Handlebar
- Domino Quick Open Throttle
- Domino Grips
- Ducati 900SS Front Brake Pump Ps16
- Frentubo Hydraulic Brake Lines
- XTR Adjustable And Foldable Front Brake Lever
- XTR Mirror
- XTR Aluminium Radiator Cover
- Ducabike Adjustable Footrest Supports, CNC-machined
- Spark Megaphone (Design By XTR)
- XTR Carbon Fiber Underseat Covers (Number Plates)
- YSS Adjustable Rear Shock
- DNA Air Filter
- XTR Dirt Track Rear Seat
- XTR Upholstery
- Artenruta Fuel Tank Painting (Metal Flake)
- Artenruta Solo Seat Metal Flake Painting
- Artenruta Front Mudguard Metal Flake Painting
- XTR Pinion Cover
- Regina Chain
- Artenruta Swingarm Painting
- XTR Chain Cover
- XTR Licence Plate Support
- Continental Sport Attack 4 Tires
Makoki Project Technical Sponsors:
- DNA Air Filters
- Continental Spain
- YSS Suspension
- Artenruta Painting