Displaying the passion and devotion of every motorcyclist, through a raw and rustic aesthetic, is the Ducati Pantah 500.
Owned by renowned motor-head Hermann Kopf, a Munich-based photographer and editor of Craftrad magazine, the enigmatic Pantah is a sublime product of his love and devotion to two-wheels.
The creation of this bespoke Pantah was especially for the Glemseck race event- whereby the requirement is to have a cheap, used vehicle that can be used for flat-tracking or ‘similar nonsense’, as Kopf describes.
Purchasing the classic frame via Ebay and latterly the engine through scouring the classifieds, the extensive restoration began in the front of the bike where Hermann added Showa upside-down forks, 17-inch wheels and Brembo brake set up from a Ducati Monster.
At the rear, the wheels take on an 18-inch unit formed from a Panta SL and supplemented with dual-sport MT460 tires to offer maximum grip and control on every surface imaginable.
Refining the rugged design sits a Mike Haliwood replica fuel tank that was manipulated to fit the Pantah frame, while the MX handlebars up front give the Ducati a neutral riding position to expertly survey the road ahead.
Complete with an ensemble of racing stickers adding to the charismatic and exhilarating exterior, it is perhaps no surprise that Hermann and his Pantah raced clear at Glemseck- fighting off stiff competition from a Triton to win convincingly.
For further inspiration, check out Craftrad’s website for the latest news and views from Hermann and his team.