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14 August 2017 by Niels Schoen

When restoring classic Ducati’s, we are often confronted with limited availability of good quality parts; either because original parts are worn-out or because new-old-stock parts are next to impossible to find anymore. As our beloved bevel-drive Ducati’s have been developed in the 1960’s and 70’s, we also find many possible improvements by using modern production methods. With the addition of Niels Schoen to the Back to Classics team, we are now able to develop new parts from a high-tech an integral approach.

Let us start by introducing our new team member! Niels Schoen is a highly experienced mechanical engineer with extensive knowledge of Solidworks 3D modelling software. He has decades of experience in the fields of automotive and marine engineering but also has a love for classic motorcycles. This became most prominent with the writing and illustrating of his book on the ‘Garden Gate’ Norton Manx.

When Harm and Harné got hold of Niels’ book, they were so impressed with the technical depth and the quality of the illustrations that they contacted Niels (who also happens to be living close by) to have a chat. It immediately became apparent how a co-operation into classic Ducati’s would mean a big step forward for all parties involved.

With the addition of Niels to our team, we are developing rapidly into 3D engineering for classic bevel drive Ducati’s. All drawn up in Solidworks 3D modelling software, we are now looking further into re-production and development of many parts from an integral design viewpoint. Like for instance a customer project we are currently working on, recreating the 1973 ‘short-stroke’ Imola Racer. We are going back in time analysing parts, photographs and articles and using the most modern design methods to develop new high-quality classic parts and motorcycles for the future.

We are all very excited by the design projects we currently are working on. If you have any questions on this subject, you can reach Niels at We will keep you posted on our future developments as this story is of course to be continued!

Tags: 750 GT, 750 S, 750 SS, Classic Racers, Nut-and-Bolt Restoration, People

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