So you have purchased the Scrambler Ducati Cafe Racer, and you love almost everything about it, but loathe the plastic number plates. This post is not for everyone, as there are many that love the Cafe Racer out of the box, but for those that wish for a sleek option here is some insight on how to substitute those plastic stock seat panels.
In this post, we will be using the BMG Concept slim seat panel set as they are beautiful with elegant bends and are the easiest to install. They are the only panels that include splash guards on both sides to protect your core.
[Rear Shock side]
Typically in any other Scrambler model replacing the seat panels is as simple as replacing the stock panels on each side with an aftermarket slim-line seat panel. With the Cafe Racer plastic seat panels, however, there is a notable difference. The plastic 54s and seat lock opening is one single piece, and instead of having the key lock opening underneath the seat as in other Scrambler 800 models, it protrudes to the rear shock side of the bike. This is the main issue of the seat panel conversion, because of this, sleek seat panels such as the ones made my BMG concept cannot be mounted.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Though it the Cafe Racer stock number plate is a single piece, we have to look at it in 3 parts to make the number plate conversion - left panel, right panel, and mud flap. The only thing you need to do is get yourself the mud flap from an icon. You can get it HERE or pick one up from your local dealer (part 4601G832A).
This relocates the seat lock to underneath the seat allowing for flush installation of the BMG Concept panels. Once this is completed it is a simple installation!
Here are some images from @starknakked showing how it looks. Clean, smooth, beautiful.
What do you think? Would you want to replace the number plates or keep it stock? Comment below and if you have any questions about modifying your Scrambler feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.