Alpinestars' 55th Anniversary special
Italian clothing manufacturer Alpinestars chose this weekend’s American MotoGP round at Austin to unveiled its 55th anniversary gift to itself – a one-off custom motorcycle.
Built by Michael Woolaway, who heads up Woolies Workshop in Venice, California, the bike has references to Alpinestars' GP history and riders who have worn their clothing over the years. It features a thumb rear brake as a nod towards Mick Doohan and a seat in a similar style to Nicky Hayden’s Ducati as well as modern technology from established MotoGP brands such as Brembo, Akrapovic and Michelin. Not to mention a fairly special motor and chassis…
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“Alpinestars has covered my body and protected me for all the years I have raced,” said Woolaway. “So, after talking with Alpinestars at Laguna Seca two years ago, I found a new 1974 Ducati 750 Sport build race engine still in a crate. This motor was built to period race spec and would be the perfect Italian heart of the bike, but the bike also had to have current race spec components to tell the whole “new and old” story of this brand with styling from 1960’s Italian GP and a bit of more modern Ducati GP. Frame builder Jeff Cole and I collaborated on the frame, and Jeff agreed to build the central section for this project.”
It certainly is a bit of a beauty…