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What's with the Greek music?



Ducati started with motorized bicycles? Ha...



 

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How could I possibly argue?



Time: summer '73 or '74. Place: Marietta, GA (airlift capital of the world..home of the C-141 Starlifter, C-130 Hercules and the C-5 Galaxy) Shoney's Drive in on 41 near the Big Chicken.



My old bud Too Tall and I were sitting in his Karman Ghia drop top surveying the scene and in rolled a first gen SS 750. There was a BMW/Ducati/Guzzi dealer just a mile or so away....given my income at that time, they all may as well have been machined from a solid billet of pure Unobtainium.



 

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The 450 street bike was indeed beautiful, but the RT(the dirtbike version) was a little bulky looking compared to some of the other european dirtbikes of the time(IMHO). having said that,id love to have one.
 

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I go to Mid Ohio every year. Last year I raced the Ashland dirt track on Friday ,the Vintage MX on sat and the post Vintage MX on Sunday. What a blast!!! The swapmeet in itself is worth the trip. Ducati outdid itself....it put on the best "Featured Marque" display ive seen in the 8 years ive gone. This year the featured marque is MV Agusta and Hodaka is also featured. I strongly recommend it to anyone whos never been. Of course you might want to bring a tent, cause motels are sold out for miles around.
 

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Whaja ride in the mx/dirt track event? (I'm picturing a Gold Star).



Cool. Vintage stuff is neat 'cause when you fall down you're not going that fast anyway and usually don't end up in plaster.
 

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There is a 450 Desmo at a local bike shop that the owner is restoring for vintage racing... He took the fiberglass tank in for a new lining at a local radiator shop, and they promptly melted it into mush thinking it was metal. THE HORROR! All the more reason to do your own dang work, I say.
 

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I checked that site out. He's got some beauties but a bit more than I would want to spend.



I'll have to learn more about them first. I like the unfaired version more than the Sport Tour version but it's seems as if Ebay is filled with the fully faired type.
 

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Excellent. The owner of "Freewheelin" in Douglasville, GA (incidentally also the home of Barry Higgins, ISDT rider, Maico Man, Ossa Fiend., current KTM Dealer & former development rider for the late, lamented Yankee "twingle") Jim Brannon has a couple of the Sport Tour versions. He was a Honda dealer even back then and knew a good thing when he saw it.
 

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The April, 2006 issue of The Classic Motorcycle has a test of a 250 Desmo and a 350 valve spring. the 350 was better for daily riding. I had three Ducati singles; a Sebring 350 (my favorite) a 350 Scrambler and a Diana Mark 3. I wish Ducati would build another series of singles.
 
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