Grahame Butcher, 47, is a franchisee for Amtrak Express Parcels. He spent £11,300 tricking up his Ducati 748
Grahame is a man you’ll love to hate He pays under £300, fully comp, for this super-trick Ducati 748. And guess what – when he told the insurance company of all the mods they REDUCED the premium, saying " Well, you’ll definitely look after it " . The Datatool alarm and Tracker probably help too.
Butcher certainly hasn’t lived up to his name in putting this bike together. He doesn’t claim to be a rich man, but admits: " I’m old enough now to afford to do this " The work has been done for him by John Hackett – known and trusted by plenty of Ducati racers. He says: " Hackett’s just live for Ducati. They make you so welcome and do everything to help you out. In fact it’ll be going back to them for some more work over the winter – it’s going up to 853cc. Well, it’s my money and I’ll do what I like with it. " There’s not quite the real ring of truth about that last comment when he adds: " The wife’ll go mad when she sees what it’s cost but I bought this when she got a new car so that’s fair. "
Spending £10,000 on the bike may have been fair. Spending another £11,300 on top wasn’t part of the plan. " It’s what happens when you buy a Ducati, " Butcher explains.
It’s all a far cry from his last bike – an old Triumph Bonneville, years ago. Butcher is an unashamed born again biker. " I had that because I had to for transport, " he says. " This is totally different. I tested it and fell in love with it. I can be a bit snobbish about it – I don’t say I’ve got a bike, I say I’ve got a Ducati. "
Dymag magnesium wheels
Brembo Goldline discs
Brembo 996R calipers
Braided hoses throughout
Carbon fibre front fender and V-piece
Ducati Corse large capacity airbox and tubes
Titanium nitrided and anodised forks with Ohlins internals
Ducati Corse top yoke
Termignoni titanium 50mm full exhaust system
QB Carbon swing-arm cover
Corse replica paint
18carat gold plated fairing mesh and fasteners
DBR adjustable rear-set footpegs
JHP air filter and performance chip
One-off Corse clutch cover
Titanium bolts throughout
Fabbri double bubble screen
Ducati Corse magnesium sub frame. Corse seat
Total spent: Bike £10,600 + £11,000 tweaks = £22,600 (plus another £8000 worth of tweaking to come this winter)