Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

It may have a “Ducati” lettering on its tank, but this bike is actually a $ 500,000 custom build from Austin-based Revival Cycles.

Known as Fuse, the bike recently appeared in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” in which its owner Edward Boyd and Revival Cycles founder Alan Stulberg explained what happened in its creation.

Although it ended up as a Ducati, the Fuse had very different origins. Boyd initially wanted to use a Yamaha Virago as a base, explained Stulberg. But based on his wishes, Stulberg decided that starting over with a Ducati engine would be easier.

Revival Cycles merges Ducati in Jay Leno's garage

Revival Cycles merges Ducati in Jay Leno’s garage

That engine was a 1,100cc V-twin from a mid-2000s Ducati Monster purchased on eBay. The rest of the bike was built around that. Everything else is aftermarket or manufactured, including the bespoke frame, which bears no resemblance to any stock Ducati frame.

Like many factory Ducati bikes, the engine is a stressed element of the frame. Made of stainless steel, the frame weighs approximately 400 lbs. It’s heavy enough, but the bike was purposefully over-engineered, Boyd noted.

The frame is not the only bespoke component. The brake calipers and swingarm were also made specifically for the Fuse, along with the triple clamp element that holds the front forks. Made from a solid block of aluminum, it also hides the cables for a cleaner look. And instead of bending the exhaust pipe, Stulberg opted for individually welded sections to emphasize the handcrafted nature of the bike.

Before any metal was cut, the entire bike was designed using CAD over a period of about two years, Boyd said. He wanted to use the project to learn about motorcycle design, but he also needed to help build parts using his experience with prototyping at Dell.

Stulberg did not disclose a price for all of this custom work, but said the cost of duplicating the fuse would be too high for Leno as well.

Watch the full video for more details on this unique bike and to see it spinning around the streets of Los Angeles.

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