A 1960s VW Pick-Up, with a matching Ducati Monza 250 resto-mod. Does it get any better than this?
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1958 Ducati 200 Elite For Sale
I know I featured a couple of these just a few days ago, but this Elite is an absolute gem. The Ducati 200 Elite was the Italian firm’s largest-displacement bike when it was introduced – a whopping 204cc when they bored out the popular 175cc engine.
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Today Ductalk's gift guide features this Ducati Single Painting by Wendy Barrett who offers Ducati Single Fine Art Prints and Posters of this painting. Priced from $4.95 to $71 depending on your choice, it's an eye catching out of the box choice for anyone that likes vintage Ducati's
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It has been said Ducati is to motorcycles as Ferrari is to cars – soulful, sexy, and the definitive Italian approach to Building Speed. For the most part Ducati has focused on road-going machines. So much so that the bike featured here comes as a surprise. As it should. This Desmo 450 is the motocross machine Ducati never built.
But Bob Budschat did. The Budschat family owned a Ducati dealership in Seattle from 1959 to 1976. They were active in Ducati racing. Bob’s son, Mike Budschat, still considers the trophy given to him in 1965 by the Ducati factory to be “my most prized treasure from that period.” In Mike’s estimation, among the finest of the Ducati engines of the era was the 450 Mark III Desmo. His father and Boeing engineer Dick Ahrens set about creating a limited run of four motocross bikes built around this street-going engine.
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1965 Ducati Elite 200 manufactured by the Mototrans factory in Spain under licence from Ducati. This is a completly renovated serviced and detailed bike. It is fully functional in all regards and ready for the next Moto Giro. The tank and tool box's were left in orignal paint and the rest has been matched in lacquer. You will notice the gold on the tank is not as bright but it is such a beautiful patina I choose to leave it as is. Tank interior was cleaned and coated with Caswells. Partial list of new parts/nos parts includes, Guiliari saddle, drive chain, wheel bearings, drive sprockets, piston and rings, cylinder sleeve, tires, wheel spokes, grips, clip ons, header pipe, gland nut, muffler, pedal rubber, rear pegs, tailight lens , cables high beam flasher horn switch and much more.. Large valve 27mm inlet cylinder head compleatly rebuilt by Mototrans Ducati expert and automotive mechanical engineer Pablo Ortega in Valencia. Includes slightly hotter then stock camshaft. New hi compression elite piston and new cylinder sleeve bored to 67.2 mm. Bottom end gone thru and serviced by George Vincenci, builder of numerous championship Ducati single and twin race motors. rims are Akront and are original. Wheels are rebuilt with new cad plated as original spokes and nipples. Wireing loom has been cleaned and serviced, is original in all regards and operates perfectly. The horn switch is NOS and different then the usual Aprilia. It has a horn, flasher and hi/low beam switch. Front headlight is 150 mm and is fitted with Motoplat electrics and very cool original headlight lens, a bit different then the Aprilia lens. Chassis was checked for alignment, head bearings and races replaced, New swingarm pivot and bushings installed. Front forks checked for trueness and serviced. Rear shocks rebuilt. All parts on the bike with the exception of the camshaft spec and tires are correct and original. I will include correct nos SAFA battery but you will have to fill with electrolight....More here
SEAN ERVIN LOVES THE “MECHANICAL ARTWORK” OF HIS 1962 DUCATI
Sean Ervin is surrounded by Ducatis. A 250 Diana sits under the window in his office and a poster of a 750 SS hangs over his desk. But one of his favorites is the unrestored 1962 200 Elite that resides in the living room of his home.
Ervin, 47, of Overland Park, has been a motorcycle fan since he was a teenager. His first bike was a Yamaha DT100 Enduro. At 16, he bought a Suzuki GS450 because it was “fast, fun and you could get one for $1,000.”
“My mom kept telling me motorcycles were dangerous, and that I couldn’t have one,” he said, “but I kept bringing them home.” Ervin, who has six (five are Ducatis), is still bringing them home.
Ducati is sort of like the Ferrari of motorcycles. It has a spirit born of performance and Italian swagger. Part of its visceral appeal lies in the way its mechanical bits are displayed. “All the parts are right there,” he said. “It’s like mechanical artwork.” more here: http://tomstrongman.com/1962-ducati-elite/
This picture was taken May 20th, 1964 at Santa Fe Park, professional 1/4 Mile Track, on the South side of Chicago, Illinois……I won 1st place in the Consolation race – I was always much better off if I missed the finals in the heat races because I could usually win the consolation race & take home $15 to $25. If I made the Grand Final I would be lucky if I made anything at all! Expert, Amateur & Novice classes all ran together at the Santa Fe Park quarter mile track and I was a novice at that time. I earned enough points to advance to Amateur on the 250cc Diana that summer. Most of the experts, the “Hot Shoes” , were riding Harley Davidson Sprints, (which were made in Italy) or Parilla’s. I could out run almost all of them on the straights, but could not then handle the corners as well as those with more experience. I remember one rider in particular, George Roeder, was actually able to just stick his front wheel into my left side even as our leathers were flapping on the inside guard posts and just push me out of the way....http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/my-25-00-ducati-summer/
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I have always thought the Ducati Supermono was the most interesting example of the perfect engineering creation I have ever seen, even ranking it up there with the P-51 Mustang... photos and full story on the link above