Raticosa by Vibrazioni Art Design

1down4up.net’s favorite metal shapers are back with a new two-wheeled folly! Alberto Dassasso and Ricardo Zanobini from Italian workshop Vibrazioni Art Design build bikes that literally define the term: standing out of the mass. This is, on one hand, due to the recycled oil barrels they use to shape their parts and on the other hand to the eccentric design of their bikes. One thing is for sure: VAD’s builds might be polarizing but definitely memorable. I, for my part, can’t sit on my every-day Scrambler without thinking about THIS ONE!

For their latest build, Alberto and Ricardo chose another bike from Bologna, namely the Ducati 749. Now, one might say that this isn’t the first bike that pops into mind when looking for a bike to turn into a Flat Track styled machine. But on second thought, one has to admit it might not be the worst choice. So Alberto and Ricardo started to modify the main frame as well as its rear counterpart in order to mount a hand-made seat unit shaped like the ones we know from the oval. The gas tank is a heavily modified Ducati Scrambler 800 unit, obviously treated the VAD-oil barrel-way. All metal parts, as you have probably noticed by now, originate from Sunoco barrels, just as the front mask with an integrated headlight.

On the chassis-side, VAD mounted an upside down fork nicked from a Ducati Streetfighter, Multistrada handlebars as well as swing arm from a Ducati 1098. And finally, to match the sound with the looks, VAD manufactured an exhaust system coupled to a promising, short silencer.

If you fell in love with the looks of the Raticosa or any other of VAD’s bikes but regulations or other reasons put a spoke in your wheel, you still can own a part of the oil-barrel madness since VAD manufactures furniture and accessories from the same material they shape their bikes. It might not be as fun as riding a bike but the looks are nearly as good and you can sit on some of them as well.

Get more information or buy online at VAD’S WEBSITE or head to their FACEBOOK page.