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1965 Ducati Monza 250


How big is too big? This not a question about the size of the bike or its engine, but wondering how tall is too tall to ride a single cylinder Ducati. This 1965 Ducati Monza is up for auction now and there are 17 bid with 2 days left. I am wondering what the mean height of the bidder is? I am average I think at 5’ 10” and can fit comfortably on most bikes, but I am asking riders over 6’ if they would bid on a motorcycle which might be a little cramped. The Ducati singles drove the company in the years before the 750SS and did it very well as shown by the active bidding on this bike.


From the seller

1965 Ducati Monza 250 bitsa bike or Cafe Racer.  Frame sandblasted and painted.  The fenders are fiberglass.  New Excell aluminum rims with stainless steel spokes and nipples.  New Avon tires.  New rear shocks.  New fork seals.  New stator, flywheel and regulator rectifier from Electrex from England.  The electrical system is now 12 volts.  All the wiring and fuse block is new.  The new ignition is Pazon from New Zealand with a new Dyna ignition coil.  The fuel tank and seat metal work is new hand made aluminum with a flip up vintage style fuel cap.  The carb is a new Dellorto PHBH 30mm with a screened velocity stack.  The kick start engagement spring has been converted from the original leaf to a coil spring.  It has a new Veglia reproduction racing tach.  The new rear sets feature a flip up toe in the brake lever for the kicker clearance.  Aside from the already mentioned engine improvements the engine is said to have a new piston and rings.  It was obtained complete.  Interesting to note is that there is a thin spacer between a pair of base gaskets under the cylinder.  Head or cylinder milled? High compression piston?  Kicker compression is 165 psi.  It seems fine with premium pump fuel.  Various parts like the hubs, covers on the engine, top triple clamp and lower forks have been polished a bit.  For the non informed this bike is a left side kick, right side shift with the reverse or GP shift pattern.  It is a 5 speed. There is a new rear aluminum sprocket and gold chain.


There appears to be some attention made to the engine to give it a little more then from the factory. Having a 30mm Carb on a 250 single tells me that the engine is inspired and able to handle the extra fuel/air (maybe a little lean looking at the blue on the exhaust?) to generate a little bigger explosion to translate to the rear wheel. But back to the question, how many tall people will be willing to wear this small 1965 Ducati Monza, because it looks like a great road racer? BB



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



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

1966 Ducati 250 Bevel Single Scrambler Your Brain

Ok, I’m trying to hold my composure here. I just bought one of these a couple months back. Mine is as rough as they get and is going to take me a least a year to get on the road. The bike I’m writing about today just needs a quick going through according to the seller. Look, I get why you would want to keep a bike in your living room but for 12 years without riding it? I guess it would be cool to sit on it and watch the Isle of Man TT. After that though I’d have to exit the house and go for a spirited ride through the closest curves I could find. With the Scrambler when you get to the end of the pavement and the road turns to gravel just keep going. It’s one of the coolest dual purpose bikes ever made in my opinion. So much more class in styling than any Japanese dual purpose bike. I’m not saying Japanese bikes don’t have their place or they’re bad or anything, I’m just saying Ducati had a good thing going when they made these. I wish you could still go to Ducati and get something like this new. I’d buy it and ride to work taking alleys and cutting through parks. Well, that wold be illegal so I wouldn’t really do that. 😉

1966 Ducati 250 Scrambler for sale on eBay

I’d ask the seler a few questions before bidding. Here’s his description.

>1966 Ducati 250 Scrambler Bevel Single. This bike is titled as a 1967, it’s a 66 or a 65.  Back in the day, this bike could have sat in a dealers inventory as a leftover with an open Certificate of Origin and titled when sold in 67. Instead of causing confusion with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to correct or change title,  I just left it as a 67.  7554 miles, approx 1500 on rebuilt motor.  Restored 15 years ago, not used or ridden in 12 years.  Mostly sat in my living room and shown at a few bike shows.  Very little time and effort to have this bike running again was put away properly.  Painted Ducati Red.  Has 27mm Delorto w/ K&N filter. 18″ front and rear wheels w/ new dual sport tires and tubes. Sargent seat cover. Skid plate, side stand and center stand. Verlecchi bars w/ magura hand controls. Correct foot pegs, exhaust w/ optional muffler, chain guard and sheet metal.  Title, service and parts books. I added pictures of this bike with a high mounted exhaust pipe (very loud). I will include with the bike.  Questions?  Please ask.  Shipping is the buyers responsibilty

The first thing I would ask is what his idea of “put away properly” is. That can mean different things to different people. When he says “Very little time and effort to get this thing going” is another thing I’d ask about. Very little time to me is turning the key and kick the the start lever. I’m guessing his idea of very little time is a weekend of adjustments and fluid changing, but that’s just a guess.

Since I just got one of these I’m going to be following the auction to see where the price ends up.

Join me in this venture


1976 Ducati 860GT Hailwood Replica

I think that the GT moniker has lost some of it history over the years. If you asked around, how many people do you think would know what GT is short for? If you are looking for a Grant Tourer, there may be no better motorcycle then the Ducati 860GT, and this 1976 860GT Hailwood Replica would allow you to tour in style.

 From the seller

This is an AMAZING bike and I hate to let it go, but I am just not mechanic enough for a project like this.

I have owned the bike since 2000 and have replaced the controls, some wiring, fuel lines, suspension, tires. The 860 motor was bored when I purchased and has always been an issue. I have had it rebuilt 2x and it is currently NOT RUNNING and in need of a 3rd rebuild. This is top end repair only.

From the factory, the 860GT offered up its 864cc of L twin and would develop 65hp at 7250rpm. Two 32mm Dell’orto’s fed the bevel drive, sprung valves (no Desmo here) to a top speed of  107mph. This was all done with styling from Giorgio Giugiaro, and frame by Dr Taglioni. Now the square corners designed by Senior Giugiaro have never been a hit with most people, and the seller of this bike switched those corners up for some beautiful curves.

More from the seller.

Bike has been sitting for 4 years. Time to give it up and let someone with the time and funds enjoy this great bike. Bike is beautiful and certainly a head turner, but has various minor cosmetic dings and issues.

This bike is a work in progress, and will need some sorting to get it up and running. But as a starting point, you could do a lot worse. And as the lady pictured with the bike shows, even in the condition it is in, you will be able to get some attention. BB

1969 Ducati 450 Desmo Silver Shotgun

Before Ducati took off with the likes of the 750SS and 900SS, they were a company which relied on a single cylinder to drive their sales. Starting in the mid 1950’s Ducati had developed a way to spin their single cylinders into the 10,000 rpm range with a little thing called Desmodromic valves. By 1968 they had included this neat little item to the 250cc and 350cc road bike, and after overcoming some bottom end problems, Ducati stretched things out, and offered up this 450cc Silver Shotgun. Over Square, and active valve control was a hit.

From the seller


With its loud exhaust and open carburetor, the ‘Silver Shotgun’ represented the end of an era for sporting Italian motorcycles, with production coming to a halt in 1974. This is a rare bike that has never been started or had gasoline in the tank.  The bike was perfectly restored by Henry Hogben of Canada and is truly a treasure.The decal needs to be replaced (which I have).  Frame number DM450M3*700573; motor number DM450 458183

By 1968 the Ducati single had grown to become designated as the Mach 3 and was offered in a wide range of tune and accessories. At the top of the range where the 450cc R/T, which was developed once again to accommodate the need for US riders to go out into the woods. For those wanting to stay on the road, the top of the line Café racer offered from Ducati was the Silver Shotgun. With 27hp at 6700rpm and a top speed of  98mph, the glittering silver bike was able to keep up with competition that may have had more cylinders.

What you would get with your silver paint were rear set foot controls, clip on handle bars, larger 35mm Marzoocchi forks and a fiberglass bum stop seat and gas tank. Later outlawed, the tank would be replaced with a steel one to be allowed to be sold in the US. Up front Grimeca double sided single leading shoes would slow down rider and motorcycle. The seller claims an open Carb, but the picture show an enclosed air filter.

A couple things you will want to check out prior to making a bid on this 1969 Silver Shotgun from Ducati. The information I found shows that the Silver Shotgun wasn’t offered until 1971. The fiberglass tank was also outlawed during its run, so changes had to be made prior to selling the bikes in the US. There apparently was also a dispute between US dealers and the factory during this time, so along with limited numbers produced, fewer happened to land on our shores because of a little dispute. But 450cc of Desmo engine will be a thrill any way to cut it. BB

1978 Ducati 900GTS

There are Ducati’s and then there are Ducati’s. This 1978 900 GTS is one of the later and not the former. What separates the two is one came from the factory special, and the other not so much. But when it comes down to it, this GTS is a 1970’s Ducati, and therefore is one of the Special ones, just not as special.

The seller is very economical with their description

Here is a VERY RARE 1978 Ducati 900 GTS. Bike is in good condition, but will need some restoring. Has been sitting inside for many years, ran when it was put away. Motor turns over fine. I have some extras with it.

The seller might be eluding to the fact that many GTS are striped down and used to create tributes to other Ducati’s of the time. But if you were lucky enough to get an original from the factory the performance numbers would have been as follows; 65hp at 7200 rpm beg-at by 9.8:1 CR 864cc fed by 2 32mm Dell’Orto PHF and a top speed of 116mph.  Styling is from Giorgetto Giuiaro, and his square tanks, side panels and seat were not very popular. The GTS was offered at the same time as the 900SS with its round style and 80hp with 40mm Dell’Orto’s. Something else the SS offered that the GTS did not are the five letters, D E S M O.

Now every manufacture offered a line-up of motorcycles which range in performance and corresponding price point. What seemed to hurt the sales of the GTS were not so much the performance or the price, but the styling. The Super Sports were so much more desirable that the GTS not only didn’t sell, but those that did leave the showroom appear to have soon found SS body work.

Looking over the pictures of this bike on eBay, there is going to be some work needed to get it road ready. I don’t think that the twin disk’s were offered in gold. So the question is going to be weather the next owner of this bike is going to end up with a SS replica, or the rarer, stock 900 GTS. BB

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale Exclusive: For Sale 1976 Ducati 750 SS

We’d previously posted another bike for sale by this Belgian gentleman and he wanted our readers to have first crack at his current offering before he posts it on eBay.

The original 750 SS was based around the round-case, bevel-drive engine and designed to compete in the Formula 750 production-based race series.  The bikes finished 1-2 in their inaugural race at the 1972 Imola 200.

Powered by Fabio Taglinoni’s 748cc V-twin engine, the bike sent its 73 hp through a five speed gearbox.  Overhead cams were driven, not by chains or belts, but by a system of tower shafts and bevel gears that gave the “bevel-drive” Ducatis their name.

It also featured the famous desmodromic valvetrain used on many of Ducati’s twins and singles.  For those unfamiliar, this is a system of cams and rocker arms that both open and close the valves, forgoing traditional valve springs.  It was intended to eliminate valve-float that can occur at high revs.  Modern valve spring technology has made this system somewhat superfluous, but it was effective at the time and remains Ducati’s trademark.

This was the genesis of the classic Ducati V-twin: cylinders splayed at 90 degrees, with the front cylinder nearly parallel with the ground.  Twins with this configuration are often referred to as “L-twins”.

The engine cases were redesigned in 1973 to have a more angular look and are referred to as “square-case”.

From the seller:

For Sale: 1976 Ducati 750 SS Desmo

Rare model, only about 460 “square case” 750’s were built, so it’s as rare as the Imola Replica.

Two owners from new.

Original bike: correct Borranis, Contis, carbs, etc.

Complete Rebuild 10 years ago, about 6,000 summer miles since complete restoration.

Superb condition: starts, handles, rides, and sounds like only a real SS’s does.

Open to serious offers

The seller lives in Belgium but can assist with worldwide delivery.

Contact at: info@ducati.be

The 750 SS is one of the holiest of holies among Ducati collectors and these bikes are much sought after.


Incredible Ducati NCR collection for sale!

For Sale:
1978 Ducati 860 NCR
1979 Ducati NCR 950 Endurance
1980 Ducati NCR “Power House Special”

Located in Japan are three fantastic Ducati racers – all in sublime condition and with impressive pedigree. All are in showroom condition and ready to ride, and any one of these bikes is enough to make the stout-hearted absolutely weak in the knees!

Here is a great shot of all three bikes together. Let’s take them one by one.

Bike #1: 1978 Ducati 860 NCR

From the seller:
1978 860 NCR which known as “Hailwood One of 10”
This bike was appeared in Japanese magazine “Car Graphic” in Jan-1980.

Engine No 088974 DM860.

We replaced the piston rings from our stocked genuine NOS and brand new shims recently.
Now it’s all completed and stored in dry condition.
The last opportunity of a life time to own this extremely rare NCR in fully original condition

Bike #2: 1979 Ducati NCR 950 Endurance

From the seller:
A real ex factory bike of total 5 build in 1979.
Everything original, race ready, kept in dry.
This bike is real – made by NCR 1979
It was built for IOM classic TT on 1979

This bike was ridden a trial heat by very famous rider, but he did not ride this bike for the final round (He rode for Suzuki then)
After that, French motorcycle dealer “Val D’oise Competition” bought it.
Then it was brought to Japan.

Engine has been totally restored by using genuine spares in perfect working order.
Race ready bike.
Engine # DM860 088982
Frame # 860 089901

Bike #3: 1980 Ducati NCR “Power House Special”

From the seller:
Build by NCR, Orderd by Japanese Ducati dealer “Power House” .
One of the most famous NCR to Japanese.
This bike appear in the book “Ducati Racing”
Ready to race.
Frame# 860SS 802619
Engine# DM860 802619

There is something really special about NCR Ducatis. Maybe it is the purpose-built look and functionality that draws the eye; there are details everywhere, and any one of the pictures is good for extended study. Whether it is the unpainted area on the composite tanks (a zero weight fuel gauge) or the swiss-cheesed ancillary bits made of unobtanium metals (check out the “vented” clutch covers), each piece of these amazing machines is simply enthralling. Somewhere there is a lucky new owner to be…

These three bikes are availble now – either as a collection or individually. The seller can be contacted through Collezione-Giappone S.p.A. for those serious enough to inquire about details, pricing and shipping. The bikes are listed as genuine NCR items, and all are located in Japan. Additional images can be found here.

Good luck to the seller, and all my envy to the buyers to be!


Italian Stunner: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900SS

For Sale: 1977 Ducati Supersport 900SS

When it comes to classic sport bikes – the kind with real money behind them – it rarely gets better than a Ducati Super Sport. Sure, this is not the much sought after green framed 750, but the upside here is that the 900 variant is a much better rider; after all, there is no replacement for displacement.

From the seller:
1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport is being sold for the owner by the company that restored the bike. This is a numbers matching motorcycle. The bike was totally restored in 2006 down to every nut and bolt, well documented. All restoration parts that were needed were purchased at Bevel Heaven in CA. The frames has been powder coated to the correct color, customer requested the wheels be powder coats black. The engine was freshened up in 1990 by the previous owner- new pistons and rings, valves redone. 10.1-5 ratio. The bike was been driven less than 1,000 miles since been restored. This bike was stored and properly put to bed until one week ago- May16 2011 refilled fuel tank, changed oil, drained and replaced brake fluid, installed new battery and dusted off carburetors -the bike started second kick. All tires, brakes, lights and drivetrain are in proper working order at this time. This bike is ready to ride. Email with any questions. ALL SYSTEMS GO!

Bikes this beautiful are very easy to write up – one can simply let the pictures do the talking! And the pictures certainly do tell quite the story. It is clear that a great deal of effort and resources were expended in the resto-mods done here. There is an interesting mix of period-correct clean up coupled with modern technology restoration techniques. And while the results are certainly stunning, purists might judge the outcome differently. As a motorcycle can only be original once in its life, this bike will forever be a “restored” model – or worse yet, an “over restored” model.

I, for one, will not judge this bike so harshly. Motorcycles are meant to be ridden and enjoyed – and the work done on this one makes that possible. There is no doubt that the visual aspect of the bike is fantastic. The new owner of this no reserve auction will receive a bike worthy of show AND go – all for less than it would take to do the restoration work yourself. Big thanks to RSBFS/CSBFS reader Happy Zero for pointing this one out.

For all the info and pictures, . The bidding is only up to $13,100 at the time of this writing, and there is NO reserve; someone is going home with a gorgeous bike! Look over the pictures, watch the auction progress, and let us know what you think. Good Luck!


The Green Frame’s big brother: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900

For Sale: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900 SS

When Brian wrote up the details on a 1974 Ducati “Green Frame” 750 Super Sport, little did we know that we would soon be writing up that bike’s bigger brother – and from the same collection! Fortunately for all of us, this collection contains bikes that are in impeccable shape and condition; and today’s bike is no exception.

Instead of using the cover shot of Ian Falloon’s book as an example of the breed, this seller can point to the cover of the book as this *exact* bike! That’s right, folks – not only is this a very desirable, classic Ducati, but it also comes with an impressive pedigree. With very low miles (less than 2,000!) and in its unrestored condition, this is a very presentable motorcycle one does not see often. Brian presented this pretty black/gold bike on CSBFS just a few weeks ago. Before then, the last Super Sports shown on these pages were actually published on our sister site – RareSportBikesForSale. There is a ’77 900SS similar to this one (but highly modified), and a ’80 black/gold bike. None of those bikes had quite the history as this one.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1977 Ducati 900 SS (Super Sport). This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike is the exact bike that is on the cover of Ian Falloons book titled Original Ducati Sport and Super Sport. It is also pictured 15 different times from page 67 to 73.

The Vin# is DM860SS086974 and Motor # is 087129. The odometer shows 1,910 Miles.

The condition of the bike is fantastic. This is a low mile unrestored original example. There are some small chips and blemishes in the original paint. It does come with a free and clear Michigan Title.

Purists will note that the ’74 “Green Frame” 750 Super Sport is the most desireable of these classic, bevel Ducatis. However the later models of the SS line benefit from an increase in displacement to 900cc, as well as updated and more modern componentry. If you were looking for a rider rather than just a looker, the later models are probably for you.

There has also been much debate amongst the car and bike collector set with regards to the celebrity value that is added at time of sale. In this case, the celebrity aspect being the published model in a pretty well-known documentary of Ducatis. Generally speaking, the thinking is that celebrity ownership does not necessarily bring more dollars at auction, however in this case the fact that this particular bike has been so well documented must certainly add to its authenticity – and hence the value.

This bike is available at auction now, and interest has been very high. With several days remaining, there have been over 20 bids on this bike, with the current price sitting just below $30k. The reserve has still not been met, meaning that there is still plenty of time to get in on the action. To see more details, view the photos and check out the bidding wars, . Tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!