Money actually was an object; Zabas wanted to keep costs minimal while using as many high-performance parts as possible, and that meant salvaging some goodies from the well-appointed Ducati donor bike. An inverted 41mm Showa fork, for instance, complete with attached Brembo dual disc brakes and aluminum rim, was retained for the front end. The chopper's frame however, was designed from scratch, using a scanned photo of the Ducati. The resulting mild-steel skeleton was strong yet lightweight, incorporating geometry Zabas developed from years of drag racing. Once frame points were established, Zabas repositioned parts on the computer screen, deciding on a 34-degree fork angle and a 65-inch wheelbase. He then shoehorned the engine into the backbone, using polyurethane motor mounts for lighter weight and less vibration. "Then, it was just a matter of connecting the dots," he says.