Who would race a 442-pound motorcycle in the Baja 1000?
Custom bike builder Jim Carducci, that’s who.
Carducci is the founder of Carducci Dual Sport, a California company that specializes in custom-built off-road motorcycles.
For this year’s Baja 1000, Carducci has hatched a novel plan (well, not entirely novel; it’s been done once before, by Harley’s Comet in 1986.)
He’s built a bike that will be ridden 550 miles from Santa Cruz, Ca. to Ensenada, Mexico. It will pre-run the course and then race in the Baja 1000. And then it will be ridden the 550 miles home again.
It’ll take an ironman to pull it off. That’s exactly who Jim Carducci found; 2016 Baja Pro Ironman Tony Gera, who, at 23, is still young enough to recover from the brutal beating he’s going to give his body.
It began life as a Harley-Davidson Sportster. Carducci’s main business takes the 883 Sportster, turns it into a dual-sport machine, dubs it the SC3 Adventure and sells it for $70k.
For this massive undertaking, Carducci has taken a SC3 Adventure and changed it some more.
The result is the SC3 Gera Baja (named after the rider.) The base is a modified 2003 Sportster frame. Harley’s 1,275cc 2003 H-D Sportster motor has been reworked to make 100 hp.
The front and rear suspension have been changed to Ohlins and allow 10″ of travel. The front wheel is 21″, the rear 18″. The upswept exhaust is a BTR Moto 2-into-1 Custom SST Header with a Leo Vince muffler. It has a truss swingarm carved from high-strength aluminum billet, a translucent IMS 5-gallon tank, Trail Tech eight-inch headlight and Baja Designs spotlights.
The seat height is 33 inches, the wheelbase 62.5 inches. And as we said, it weighs a relatively porky 442 pounds.
Carducci says the SC3 Gera Baja is a one-off.
Except… he says that if there’s interest, he’s open to building another one. For $100,000.