For Sale: 1967 Ducati 250 Monza
With all of the modern sportbikes and racebikes coming out of the Ducati factory these days, it is sometimes difficult to remember that Ducati started out building average commuter bikes of very small displacement. When the factory took those bikes racing in the lower classes (125cc, for example), it was discovered that RPM was limited by valve float. Thus, Ducati designers and engineers looked to methods other than springs to close valves, and adopted the desmo system: rockers open AND close the valves. The result was a several thousand RPM improvement to the rev range of the motor and the bottom end bearings became the limiting factor.
Desmo actuation first showed up on the 125cc racebikes, before making it into production. As Ducati began branching out from a commercial perspective, larger motorcycles were needed. Thus, the 250cc was born. Again, Ducati first tested new engine combinations on the track before introducing them into production – first as a 200cc and then as a 250cc. These larger bikes were used to expand the Ducati brand beyond Italian boarders, with the UK being a prime target. And while 250 Monzas are not desmo engines (valves are closed by regular springs), they represent part of Ducati’s expansion into larger, more fertile markets.
From the seller:
1967 Ducati Monza
A rare barn-find in rural Illinois and restored to near mint condition, this early Ducati exeplifies the simple design elegance that has become a Ducati trademark. Speedometer reads 416 miles, but we are unsure if that is actual. Very original right down to the “Brevetti Silentium” muffler. Some light pitting can be found on the chrome due to storage humidity, but overall, this is as close to a factory stock bike as you are likely to find.
While no collector would ever store one of his prized motorcycles in a dank, dusty barn, the term “barn find” excites the senses all the same. The idea that an original, unmolested motorcycle from the 1960s might still be around today hidden away drives the collector market forward. Had this been a green frame 750ss then you might have been able to read about the find in the Wall Street Journal. As it is a 250 Monza, however, it becomes a very unique and interesting find that mere mortals can afford.
The 250 class of machines, with an air cooled single cylinder motor and bevel drive non-desmo valve gear, would be a wonderful runner around town. It is historically significant although not terribly rare in terms of production numbers. And let’s face it: this bike certainly has the “cool” factor that even the cafe racer crowd would acknowledge.
The price on this bike is $5,500 or best offer. There might be an opportunity to snag what appears to be an original Monza for a pretty fair price! For your opportunity to see more pictures and learn more about this particular bike, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!