While we love all restomods here at Moto, the bikes seem to shine just a little bit brighter. Sure the retro built cars and trucks are all the rage, but when it comes to motorcycles the formula gets much more complicated. Not only do you have styling that is radically different from now, you also have a lot less real estate to work with. That is what makes a bike like Rebellion of the Machines F1R so perfect.
Rebellion of the Machines started as a project of just 5 bikes between Adolfo Calles and brothers Jose & Raúl Perez. Starting with a custom Honda 750 that evolved into a small series, the gents at Rebellion really hit it off from their inception in 2015. Now they are at it once again with an exquisite Ducati straight from the 80’s. While the bodywork resembles that of the F1 from old, I can assure you it is anything but.
Starting with an M900 Monster, Rebellion created an epic tribute to 80’s hits. First, they completely overhauled the engine. They started the process by bead-blasting the engine cases before finishing them in matte black. After the cases were finished the 904cc L-twin was finished to factory spec. They have since added a K&N filter with an open air box lid for some better resonance. And of course, with any Ducati from this era the F1R features a dry clutch, perfectly finished in a matching matte black.
Rebellion has left the Monsters Trellis frame alone, a statement to how good Ducati’s engineering has always been. The suspension has been updated, utilizing the stock rear shock and the forks from an 851 Superlight to keep things steady. For braking, the 851’s calipers do the job well, thanks to some tasteful upgrades. These include a set of wave rotors and some stainless steel lines all from Galfer. The extent of Rebellions modifications really becomes apparent when you take notice of the wheels, a gorgeous set of lightweight Marchesini forged wheels wrapped in Power Pilot 3 tires. This puts the stamp on Rebellions sport bike philosophy, “Our bikes are built to be lighter, faster, better in every way, and if possible, more beautiful. They always have a racing flavour, clipons and only one seat.”
This monster is definitely more beautiful now than it has ever been before. Rebellion has wrapped it in an elegant black skin that can make the original F1R look mediocre in comparison. The main fairing is molded from an original F1, albeit highly modified. From there sits a Ducati TT2 tail section, again anything but stock. For the gas tank Rebellion couldn’t find one that fit perfectly, so instead they crafted their own. Rebellion finished off the F1R with a perfect straight black and gray paint job that has been polished to accentuate every curve in the bodywork.
The square headlight is the final touch to a perfect picture. It’s as period correct as every other detail on this Monster, making a statement of pure 80’s style. As a younger rider that typically looks at motorcycle of this era as less than desirable, I have to admit I never knew square could look so good. Rebellion of the Machine has built a time capsule from the 80’s, and it could easily steal the show from any modern motorcycle.