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There should be laws about hav­ing num­ber boards on bikes. Get your magic eraser out, and this new Café Racer looks so much bet­ter with­out them. The 54 is a nod to leg­endary Du­cati racer Bruno Spag­giari, but that’s go­ing to be rather lost on the av­er­age buyer.

The Café Racer, like the Desert Sled, is a new ad­di­tion for 2017, and is in­tended to do ex­actly what it says on the tin. Much of it is very nice, too – and in black and gold, or ‘Black Cof­fee’ as Du­cati dub it – it’s also a lit­tle redo­lent of the JPS era of sports­bikes. It ap­pears, in essence, to be a Full Throt­tle with a brace of de­sign changes to cre­ate the look. But still in res­i­dence is the lovely Ter­mignoni ex­haust with black an­odized cover, while the stubby café racer seat unit re­minds us of the orig­i­nal Mon­ster

family rear-end. The sharp-eyed will spot the pil­lion pegs, which point to the fact that the cowl pops off to re­veal a small pil­lion perch.

Much of the café feel is also cre­ated by ditch­ing the tra­di­tional han­dle­bar in favour of a pair of alu­minium clip-ons, while the lack of a sub­frame mounted num­ber­plate hanger – it’s mounted via the swingarm in­stead – helps to cre­ate that clas­sic café racer sil­hou­ette. Like the Desert Sled, it’s ex­pected to dent your cof­fee bud­get by around £9495.

The Scrambler gets a cool café racer look

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