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UNRELENTING rain smacks off my visor. Someplace within the pitch-blackness, within the turbulent air at the back of me, one thing evil has picked up my odor. I listen the unmistakable sound of a V-twin engine pulling in opposition to the crimson line. It bounces off the steep canyon partitions and resonates in my helmet.

I tuck right down to tease each and every final mph out and take a look at to clutch some other equipment to flee from the fast-approaching risk. However I sense it’s remaining in for the kill. All at once, the nook tightens. I attempt to drag the motorcycle tighter, nevertheless it’s no need. I’m at the ground and heading towards the unforgiving metal barrier. I watch my mount collapse, becoming shrapnel because it slams into the guardrail.

It could best be a nightmare, however no longer each and every motorcycle I experience rams itself so closely into my unconscious that it disturbs my sleep. So what’s it that has led to all this turmoil? A helicopter and a tricked-up, one-off particular in keeping with a Ducati 900 Monster.

The motorcycle is constructed via Californian Italian experts Professional-Italia. It’s been named the Terminator. The helicopter will hang-out us later…

With a couple of brilliantly engineered and smartly thought-out add-ons, Professional-Italia has remodeled the Bologna-built unique. A couple of miles from their Glendale workshops lies one off the most efficient motorcycling roads I do know, the Angel’s Crest Freeway. It runs throughout the San Gabriel Mountains like a work of carelessly deserted ribbon.

From the bottom you climb as much as virtually 8000 toes in lower than 40 miles. Lose it on a bend and also you’ll desire a parachute. It’s roads like this that the Terminator lives for. This motorcycle encourages you to take probabilities: Quicker, tougher, tighter. The ” come on then ” voice comes from its package brakes to its fly-on-a-camel’s-back driving place, its implausible ogre’s grunt to its very good dealing with. The whole thing is super-taut. There may be fast throttle reaction because the sound from the exhaust cascades off the canyon partitions.

The Terminator’s engine. flourishes on revs. The quicker the crank spins the easier. I push it even if the again steps out and makes an attempt to flick me out of the seat – it’s addictive. As I observe the photographer’s automobile, I amuse myself enjoying with the facility, wheelying, beginning to experiment with the bounds of the Terminator. I play with the large PFM brakes, ducking and diving. The quick handlebars have a steeper attitude than the inventory motorcycle’s – gun-fighter taste. And I’m getting a bit of bit trigger-happy…

However as I look down the steep valley slopes I realize (a excellent 100 toes beneath us) a small helicopter. Two miles farther up Angel’s Crest, and as I go out an extended left-hander, I permit the motorcycle to float over to the barrier so I will look over on the drop. As soon as once more our soaring friend is there. Up forward the photographer is having amusing in his rent automobile. Cocooned via loud track and air baggage he doesn’t realize the helicopter creeping up. When it makes its dramatic front even he can’t miss out on the six-pointed superstar and the phrases ” Sheriff’s Division ” emblazoned at the facet.

The airborne officials of the regulation are simply reminding us who’s in price. A park ranger later explains that the chopper spends maximum of its weekends ferrying crash sufferers to sanatorium – a sobering concept.

Playtime is over and I’ve handy again the keys. Terminator is a collaboration between Professional-Italia’s Paul Taylor and fashion designer John Keogh – a person who has finished paintings for Triumph amongst others.

The most important alteration from Ducati’s same old Monster chassis is the single-sided swingarm with Marchesini rear wheel meeting from a 916. Mating the swingarms, mounts and linkages required main transforming of the crankcases and the repositioning of the rear surprise mount.

Some of the answers are super-rigid carbon-fibre mounting plates which now make stronger no longer best the grafted-on swinger, but in addition a suite of extraordinarily neat and light-weight billet machined footpegs and gearchange bracketry. Jordan Components One staff fabricator John MacQuillan made them. Indycar specialist Andy Bondio made the exhaust gadget. The pipes are hand-formed chrome steel and lead to a stacked set of aluminum cans.

The entrance suspension may be Ducati 916 derived, rebuilt however with inventory internals. Assault Racing billet-machined triple clamps exchange the inventory Monster’s and the brakes are actually 320mm PFM dual discs with six-piston calipers and metal braided hoses.

Professional-Italia’s personal design of billet adjustable clip-on taste handlebars now raise the Brembo GP spec entrance brake and seize assemblies. The John Keogh-designed entrance headlamp fairing and rear seat unit used to be laid up in glass-fibre via Taylor himself. 4 CATZ excessive depth spotlights light up the way in which. The rear lighting fixtures are LEDs, as are the symptoms.

3 kilos (1.35kgs) used to be shaved from the crankshaft, which used to be balanced and fitted with machined billet metal conrods. The motor now has 11.3:1 high-compression pistons (inventory is 8.4:1) matched to remodeled and gas-flowed Axtel cylinder heads.

Keihin flat-slide carbs and a suite of V2 Boulevard cams entire the massaged 904cc motor. The ability is best up a smidgin to 79bhp however the torque is up from a inventory 54ftlb to 62.2ftlb. At 163 kg (359lb) the motorcycle is a complete 20kg (44lb) lighter than the unique, too.

With little additions just like the nine-row oil-cooler, dry seize and leaving the timing belts uncovered,

Professional-Italia claims there’ll construct a restricted manufacturing run of Terminators. How restricted relies on you.


Price: £13,500

Availability: Constructed to reserve 001-818-249-5707

Colors: Black


Engine: Air-cooled, 904cc (92mm x 68mm) 4v sohc four-stroke 90° V-twin. Gasoline injection. 6 gears

Chassis: Tubular metal trellis

Entrance suspension: Showa 43mm inverted forks, changes for pre-load, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Penske unmarried surprise with rising-rate linkage, changes for pre-load, compression and rebound damping

Tyres: Dunlop Sportmax GP; 130/70 x ZR17 entrance, 180/55 x ZR17 rear

Brakes: PFM; 2 x 320mm entrance discs with 6-piston calipers, 245mm rear disc with 2-piston caliper


Energy and torque: 79bhp, 62.2ftlb

Weight/energy to weight ratio: 163kg (364lb), 0.47bhp/kg

Most sensible pace: 135mph

Geometry (Rake, path, wheelbase): 25°, 10.3cm, 143cm

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