Walt Siegl Motorcycles

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By John Burns

Has everybody but me already seen this guy’s work? I bumped into his latest, simply named the Adventure, when I was slurking around the web looking at Ducati ADV bikes. Not sure how this works, since the brand new Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO we just tested tipped our scales 457 pounds worth, with 4 gallons of gas. Walt claims his Adventure, also packing an 1100 Ducati motor, weighs 350 pounds. With 6.5 gallons of fuel. Light is right.

We’ve got Kevlar bodywork enveloping two linked aluminum fuel tanks, one of them in the subframe of the braced, first-gen Hypermotard frame. An upgraded Marzocchi fork and Ohlins shock give 8.5 inches of travel, but the beauty of your Siegl machines is that they’re customizable, so you can go full moto suspension if you desire – but the seat’s also made with long-distance comfort in mind. And Walt’s site says there’s already 14,000 miles of trails downloaded in the bike’s GPS, which “can be easily disengaged from its holder and used as a tablet.”

I came for the Adventure but stayed for a bunch of the other bikes this guy has been turning out from his actual old-world barn workshop in New Hampshire since 2007. I take it back, it’s a converted textile mill.

The Leggero was the first; it also uses a 900 Ducati motor (Bruce Meyers Performance rebuilt and blueprinted, with Keihin FCR carburetors if desired), in a chrome-moly frame built in-house.

With the Leggeros, I’m using classic sport design elements that are clearly recognizable as such. That includes almost all aspects of the build, from exhaust to …read more

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