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Woolie’s wild Pikes Peak hill climb racer

The Pikes Peak race is just two weeks away now, and the competition is getting red hot. We’ve already profiled the Zero SR/F, and Ducati has just announced that it’ll be running its Streetfighter V4 prototype. There’s a chance that both those machines will be eclipsed by this fire-breathing monster from Deus Ex Machina, though.

Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian

Sleeper: A Ducati Scrambler tweaked by a Zero engineer

A lot of folks who work at American motorcycle manufacturers are compulsive tinkerers. Indian’s design head, Ola Stenegärd, has been building choppers since forever. And Brad Richards of Harley-Davidson always has something sweet on his workbench. Tom Zipprian is a mechanical engineer at California’s Zero Motorcycles—and he too likes to fill his precious downtime with…