Additional photos of “Beastie” are available here for your perusal. Please note that this album includes photos taken within the last few days as well as some older studio shots provided by the seller.
Sometimes, writing up a featured bike here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions is difficult because there isn’t much of a history. That’s not the case today, as Michael “Woolie” Woolaway’s Pikes Peak has been extensively covered in the world of motorcycling, appealing to builders, racers, and custom fans alike.
If you’re not yet familiar with Woolie, he’s the Design Director of Deus Ex Machina’s US location in Venice, California – that’s where you’ll find “Woolie’s Workshop”.
For 2018, he built “Beastie”, a Pikes Peak Exhibition Class racer which started as a Ducati Hypermotard SP. Michael finished 2nd in class that year, and his main takeaway from the experience was “how tight the Pikes Peak course was”. That led to a complete revamp of his racebike – for 2019, all that he kept from the 2018 bike was the electronics, front wheel, front number plate, and seat.
His goal was simple: “build a bike that turns very well and has significant power to weight ratio.” Considering that it makes over 180 horsepower at the rear wheel and weighs 340 pounds wet, we’d say he’s succeeded! Here’s a component list from the builder himself:
Drivetrain: Built by Mark Sutton at Ducshop – 2011-spec Ducati 1198R engine with built pork-chop crank, Pankl titanium connecting rods, titanium valves, 12 hole injectors, Micro-tech ECU with two maps loaded, deep sump sand-cast cases.
Custom made water recovery bottle. Custom made fuel recovery tank. Custom made chromoly subframe. Hand made carbon fiber seat and number plate. Custom made seat and seat pan. Attack Performance rearsets.
Attack Performance custom triple clamps. Billet handlebar switches. Brembo billet brake master with remote adjuster. Brembo clutch master. Billet throttle with adjustable spools. Ohlins steering damper.
There are also plenty of spares including clutches, hoses, a fuel pump, and more. Woolie placed 4th in class (Exhibition Powersport) and 27th overall in the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. His plan was to keep it fresh for next year’s race, however Pikes Peak has banned motorcycles for 2020 (and maybe beyond). Beastie has been ridden just once since Pikes Peak – Abhi saw Woolie and Jamie Robinson of MotoGeo spin a few laps on it at the Alpinestars Friends and family day, and that’s been it.
To be frank, there’s so much to this bike that we can’t pretend to know everything about it. But if you have a specific question, fire away in the comments and we’ll talk to Woolie to get an answer for you. We’re very jealous of the next owner of this incredible machine!