The Pantah set the template for modern Ducatis, with a trellis frame, belt-driven cams and a desmo valve system. This cafe racer lifts the bar even higher.
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It’s always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto‘s Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.
“I wanted it to look like it was found in a shed in Bologna,” says vom Brauck. “A futuristic design study for a 1981 motor show, but never displayed … the work of a designer who was a café racer fan, but could not convince the Ducati factory.”
Vom Brauck has aimed for a mix of styles, materials and parts from the last 30 years. The wheels and tires are deliberately narrow in profile, to retain a retro look. A smattering of carbon fiber provides contrast. Vom Brauck cut down the Pantah’s rear subframe and heavily modified the tank, adding oil pressure and electrical warning lights.
The exhaust was built from parts Vom Brauck had lying around, including bits from an obscure MZ 1000S. “It has a nice, aggressive sound, but not too loud. And no, the butt doesn’t get too hot!” Performance is good: the Pantah weighs just 170 kg in this trim.
And before you ask, Vom Brauck has no plans to create another Pantah, or offer the parts for sale. For him, the Ducati has been a very personal endeavor, created over three years. A shame, but at least we can enjoy the images.
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Project TTF2 rumbles back into life...
I needed a rear shock for a TTF2 project bike I’m building. But what to buy?
Bearing in mind this bike houses a prehistoric Ducati Pantah engine in a steel tube frame and sits on 18in wheels, was spending six or seven hundred quid-plus on a full spec race unit worth the money?
For this old-school race bike all I needed was the right stroke, eye-to-eye length, spring weight (350lb/in) and the right damping parameters to work with the non rising-rate shock linkage. Seeing as I’ve been waiting for nearly two years (!) for a friend to build me a shock as a ‘favour’ it has recently become evident that I’d actually have to dig deep and just buy one.
This is a truly rare bike: a 1984 MHR color scheme Ducati Pantah 650. By the way MHR = Mike Hailwood Replica (see chap below):
The Pantah is an important version in Ducati’s history as it represent the ancestor of the commonly know Ducati L2 motors with the cams driven by belt. The upgraded 650 engine (up to 1983 it was 600cc) was needed for the homologation of the TT racer with which it shared the motor’s 61.5 mm stroke.
For more click HERE
(more photos on the link above)
750 PANTAHSTICA by Radical Ducati (2012)
-Donor bike : Cagiva Alazurra 350
-Frame modified for mount cantilever schock system.
-Hand made front bracket
-Rear frame totally new construction
-TT2 Alumium footrest.
-Ohlins Rear schock
-851 Front fork
-Brembo cast iron rotors
-SS Brembo calipers
-Brembo radial PR 19 brake pump
-ST2 clutch pump with cnc machined regulable and folding lever
-Frentubo Kevlar /ergal brake and clutch lines
-Ergal cnc machined clip ons
-851 SP3 front mudguard
-Floating rear brake caliper (Superlight system)
-TT1 verlichi aluminium swingarm
-RAD 02 rear mudguard
-RAD 02 MOntjuich TT modified solo seat in glassfiber
-RAD Pantahstica glass fiber fuel tank (Wolfman design) with ergal gas cap.
-Ducati single race front fairing
-916 side stand
-PASO 750 engine with F1 Montjuich rear head (for rear mount carburetor as Pantah), ported heads , big valves, TT2 camshafts, lightened flywheel , blueprinted engine.
-Monster 1100 EVO oil radiator
-Dell’Orto PHM 41 carburetors
-Domino quick open gas throttle.
-2.4 Pederccini ignition units
-NGK race spark wires
-Hand made race wiring
-MOntesa rear light.
-H4 high/low beam front light 10 cm diameter
-851 rev counter
-RR oil thermometer
-Wolfman 2 in 1 exhaust system
-Spark GP type megaphone.
Fotografía: Reyes Ramón
If you are a collector of classic and iconic sportbikes – or would like to become one – here is something you might want to investigate. The Ducati 600 SL “Pantah” was the first of the next generation of Ducatis, powered by an updated L-twin desmo motor with valve actuation done via toothed rubber belts instead of the traditional bevel drive. The belt driven valvetrain was instrumental to production volume for Ducati, as the older bevel drives required a great deal of time-consuming, skilled adjustment during assembly. Belt driven valves made true mass production a reality....more here:
A while back Vincent, the guy I built the Virago and the CX500 chopper with, bought a Ducati Cagiva Pantah 650. He sold his Yamaha R1 for it and that was a wise decission. The Ducatis isn’t even finished yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s already done more miles on it, than on the R1 in 3 seasons….
Although the bike is not finished yet, it is taking shape nicely. At this moment it has custom made exhaust pipes with modified mufflers, Emco air filters, air-supension at the back, a CX500 C gas tank, a seat made of a CX500 C gas tank, Tomasselli clipons, home made headlight and license plate brackets, after market headlight, Honda speedo and a seat made by the same guy (Raymond) that did the seat on my CB750....More photos and the rest of the story on the headline link above