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DesmoHog: Cool Custom or Unholy Demon-Child?

Oh how I would dig rollin this thing

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/05march09_desmohog.htm

Back in June 2007 there were rumors flying about of the possibility of Harley-Davidson purchasing Ducati. We now know that the Monster from Milwaukee was looking for an Italian meal when it indeed purchased MV Agusta last July. Ducati must have been too big a morsel, or maybe it just doesn't like Bologna. (Thanks folks, I'll be here all week! Drive safely!)

Anyway, customizer Chris Barber was one guy who thought a Harley-Ducati merger was a swell idea, at least from a custom-bike point of view. He went about engineering the "DesmoHog," a hybrid Duc/Big Twin motor in a custom rigid frame.

The running gear is pretty standard bobber/chopper fare, but the planning and work that went into that motor is what's remarkable about this bike. Chris started with two rear 900SS cylinder heads (so the fins would both point the same direction) and had Axtell custom-make cylinders to mate the heads to the Harley-Davidson crankcase. He then cleverly engineered a pulley system to drive the belts off the Harley cam. Displacement is 1340cc, and with flat-top pistons, compression is a healthy 10.3:1. With 38mm Mikuni flatslide carbs, it should produce some healthy horsepower.

Chris started this project well before anybody knew Harley-Davidson was looking for an Italian manufacturer to round out its European product line: is he psychic? If he is, you'd better inform the Alfa owners in your circle of friends; he's also built a Harley-framed custom with an Alfa-Romeo V-6 (pictured at bottom)
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it looks good, but its a hog.... and its a duc... im having a very hard time with this. < reaching 4 the bottle >

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would i wear ducati apparel or torn t-shirt.....

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would i have a hillbilly girlfriend or a hot euro chick......

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it looks good, but its a hog.... and its a duc... im having a very hard time with this. < reaching 4 the bottle >
Free your mind and the rest will follow

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would i drink budwieser or peroni....

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i would take the 2nd but swap the handle bars with the first.

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i would take the 2nd but swap the handle bars with the first.
The 2nd has the Alfa engine - I like the raw look of the first myself

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maybe id also swap front rims, the first could go without the cowl=looks confused

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i like the pipes on the 1st but im sure they would leave a nice branding

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i like the pipes on the 1st but im sure they would leave a nice branding
You would be surprised - I doubt dude would build a bike that he is going to burn himself with - The first has rear controls as the second has fwd facing

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that exhaust would burn threw everything u owned...it would have to be dropped and gaurded or else you will fell that heat like a mofo...

otherwise, i dig it and would ride it too

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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that exhaust would burn threw everything u owned...it would have to be dropped and gaurded or else you will fell that heat like a mofo...

otherwise, i dig it and would ride it too
I think from that angle, that is how it looks but with rear controls and an aggressive riding position, I think you might be okay

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k, isee now, id deff prefer the riding position of the 1st.

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Where do you put gas in the second one?

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Where do you put gas in the second one?
The filler caps are still there. I am guessing the fuel goes in the tank, and the tank was modified to allow the intake stacks to poke through.
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The filler caps are still there. I am guessing the fuel goes in the tank, and the tank was modified to allow the intake stacks to poke through.
That thing can't hold more than a couple gallons of gas. Kind of defeats the purpose of a cruiser.

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Its more of a coffee bike me thinks.
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Like how the engine and exhaust look on the second...otherwise I like the first more.

+1 on the cowling looking out of place..


the first one just looks like a brute...like it1

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Jesse Rooke. 10-Four, I always mix those 2 up even when i see them in a picture.

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