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Ducati Monster got dressed in basalt fiber
Source: maxbetteridgedesign.com

Ducati Monster got dressed in basalt fiber

A lightweight and stylish motorcycle based on Ducati Monster 400 was created by Max Betteridge, New Zealander who used basalt fiber as the main material for the bodywork.

Designing in CAD the shape of his concept, Max tried to build something visually balanced, well proportioned, adhering to the principle of minimalism.

Basalt fiber was used to make a fuel tank, airbox, tail parts, belly pan and speedo. All the components were produced by vacuum bagging process using the mounds developed by Max.

The combination of cream color with clear-coated basalt parts to show off golden weave pattern of basalt fabrics accords with the name given by the designer: Ducati Flat White. This is the name of the most popular coffee and milk drink in New Zealand.

Max Betteridge detailed the entire production process on his website. It was not an easy job, confess the designer, but the result was worth it.

This is not the first attempt to apply basalt fiber in motorcycle construction. USA’s mechanist Mark Atkinson turned into reality a bike concept designed by the Turkish industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem to create futuristic BMW ALPHA.

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