Bryan Fuller’s ‘Dirty Duc’: A Proper Scrambler
As far as interesting builds go, this one is well worth having a look at. It’s not your average café racer or faux-scrambler. It actually looks like and awesome motorcycle and – let’s go one step further – it actually looks like it can do all of the things that it boasts it can. Forgive me if I sound cynical but there quite a few ‘scramblers’ out there couldn’t scramble over an egg. Refreshingly, this isn’t one of them. It’s called the ‘Dirty Duc’ and I know you want one.
This machine was built by Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto, who is quite the personality in the motorcycle and hotrod community and he quite clearly knows what he wants and how to build it. He wanted a bike to tear up the dirt with, he wanted to build it himself and he wanted it to be different. He succeeded.
After stumbling across an old and dilapidated 250cc bevel engine Ducati Scrambler circa 1960 – a steal at $1200 dollars – he knew he had his work cut out. As luck would have it, Bryan knew ‘a guy’; that ‘guy’ was Rich Lambrechts from DesmoPro, a top level Ducati mechanic and a specialist for the bevel drive models. To sweeten the deal and to make the job more attractive, Bryan insisted that they build two, because off-roading alone isn’t exactly fun.
Together, they rebuilt the two Ducati 250s, giving the engine a complete overhaul and re-working it from the ground up. The engines were sorted out in six days but the rest of the project was put on hold, as usual, life and real work got in the way. Fortunately, a year later and the Dirty Duc duo were resurrected and ‘phase 2’ began.
The first area to receive attention was the rear swing arm and suspension; the swing arms were lengthened to accommodate dual, side-by-side rear shocks from Fox. The swing arm also saw some custom chain guides and a runner to minimize chain slack. Take a closer look at the images to spot the BMX pegs; they’re there to fill a hole but they can also be used for assorted banter for cracking out wheelies and the like. Up front, the front forks received a set of magnesium Marzocchi shocks with Ceriani triple trees.
The rims are from Borrani and are shod with Dunlop D606s – street legal and everything.
As far as other custom made goodies go, the exhaust features custom made headers with stainless steel Cone Engineering mufflers. There are a few other cool handmade bits and pieces including the extra-bizarre but strangely satisfying seat and tail section and the headlight cover. The fenders are all original though.
If you’re thinking that it’s got an unfinished looking charm about it, it’s not an effect – it actually isn’t finished. The plan is to have it painted up and upholstered properly with a few other gadgets thrown on the top in the future – and when that happens, one of the Dirty Ducs will go one sale. Until then, you can find pictures of them tearing up the landscape around Atlanta on the internet. Because these bike’s aren’t for show – they live up to their names.