1969 Ducati Mach 3

Raise your hand if you have taken over someone else’s project that they had given up on? It could be as simple as putting the wheels on it, or as complex as making sure the boxes you got have all the parts. There will always be someone who’s eyes are bigger then there time, money or mechanical skills. This 1969 Ducati Mach 3 appears to be your next project.

From the seller

OWNER HAD STARTED TO RESTORE THIS AND   RAN OUT OF  TIME, A GREAT PROJECT BIKE EASY RESTORATION FOR THE DYI GUY FIND A DESMO HEAD THEN YOU GOT A “MARK 3 D”

  • VERY COMPLETE BIKE 
  • NEEDS MOTOR REBUILD (BORE & PISTON ARE IN GREAT SHAPE)
  • LOWER END FEELS GOOD BUT SHOULD BE  LOOKED AT AND CLEANED
  • TANK, TOOL BOXES, FENDERS AND FRAME HAVE BEEN PAINTED
  •  29 MM DELLORTO CARB
  • CONTI REPLICA  MUFFLER
  • VEGLIA TACH
  • NEWER TIRES
  • I HAVE INCLUDED SOME RECHROMED PARTS (GASCAP, CLT & BRK PERCHES, POINTS COVER)
  • RIMS ARE OK BUT SOME  OF THE CHROME IS PITTED
  • HEADLAMP CHROME HAS SOME PITTING
  • INCLUDES NEW FULL  GASKET & SEAL  KITS

Lots of pictures to this listing gives you a good idea of the cosmetics of the project. The seller tries to give you an idea of what may need to be done, but as we all know, along with the bike you could get a slippery slope. The pictures seem to be over time, may be when the current seller first got it, and then after a few changes. I see both a square bowl Carb with a filter, and the SS1 with Velocity stack, so that might be a question I would ask about.

The non-Desmo Mach 3 is first offered in 1971 and what you get is a 340cc bike with 10.0:1 CR, a big 29mm SS1 Dellorto, 5 speeds that can take the 34hp bike up over 100mph. With the improved bottom end provided by the Wide Case over the Narrow case, and the bevel driven over head cam, 8500rpm screams delightfully. Yes you do not get the Desmo valve system that is the pinnacle of the Ducati single, but you also don’t have to learn which shim goes where.

This 1969 Ducati Mach 3 is likely going to get a lot of attention. The perception that a project, non desmo is not going to get as much action as a restored Desmo is false. There are more people out there looking for a Ducati single that is not priced in the stratosphere, and I will bet that the number of bids, and the final price paid on this bike would get you 2 other bikes. BB

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1 Response

  1. djani says:

    What you say is true Brian. For my money, there are far nicer Italian, and even Japanese, singles out there. This particular bike is also listed on Dave Brown’s website, db-cycles.com, for $5495 dollars.