1965 Ducati 250cc Mach 1, Classic, Motor Bike, Restoration Tips.

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Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1

1965 Ducati 250cc 1, Classic, Motor Bike, Tips.

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1965 Ducati 250cc 1:

Way back in 1980 I was visiting my in the country, they were and had old newspapers on the floor. My eye suddenly on an Ad ‘250cc Ducati, in bits The Ad was two months old but the location was a few miles on a farm. I picked up the phone and the number. the bike was still no one had rung the ad.

Within half an I was the proud owner of a 1965 Ducati Sportster. The bike was with the top end of the motor disassembled. The had purchased the bike new and had completed a 90,000 miles before to rebuild the top end. The bike was running when he pulled it in 1976.

He decided to buy a new bike and left the on the back burner.

A couple of later we rolled the bike out on the and inspected the parts carefully. The owner had purchased a head and other bits and bob’s. the big end had no play and the cylinder bore ‘fair’ as did the piston and rings. We the head and the valves and put the bike together.

We filled it with stole a 6volt lantern from my torch and filled the with petrol. (flushing it out The tyres were ancient and but pumped up ok. I gave the old girl a bit of and kicked her over, she fired up away.

Sure the motor blew a bit of but the gears and clutch were

After a bit of fun we parked the bike and the top end down again. That I had the cylinder re bored and purchased new oversized pistons, rings and new tyres. Ducati singles still popular back and parts were easy to by. A couple of weeks later and a good mate of mine the bike to a Ducati club day at Winton Racetrack in Victoria.

The was truly amazing on the track and won its ‘scratch’ races in the 250 class. I never ridden a bike handled better and only one or two handled as well. It was like effortlessly around the track by thought alone with delightful single cylinder revving willingly through its gears. Brakes were but almost unnecessary as you could at phenomenal speeds.

Like other European of this vintage the gearchange was on the hand side which took a while to get your around. It was at this point my best mate decided he wanted to seriously race the in the Post Classic Race I sold him the bike on the promise he would race it.

Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1

I had just University and needed the money

The suspension was rebuilt and when it to rebuilding the head we ran into a bit of Every year we visited the Box Vintage bike show and year as in other years the Phil Irving (designer of the V-Twin, repco Brabham V-8 car etc.) was there signing his ‘Tuning for Speed’. He had been with the Ducati Racing for years and gave us some great advice on the rebuilding of the

Basically this involved huge valves and a larger jet in the Unfortunately this meant the valves had Overlap and would if the valves ‘bounced’ when revved. The 1965 Mach 1 did not a Desmo head it was a standard spring setup.

This the rider had to be on the ball and not over rev the

I am happy to say that this went on to win the Australian 250cc Classic Championship the following We had endless hours of fun driving to and getting to know the other Racing nuts in the pits. we grew up and had families and the bike so many others disappeared in the of time.

I believe that the big end was never replaced! These are worth a fortune now and they the legendary status they achieved.

These Ducati are sought after and pretty but if you are lucky enough to find one are still available through Ducati dealer. They are to work on and built tough and an joy to ride. Any of these old Ducatis are a investment and I can’t think of a way of making money whilst a real classic ‘treasure’.

Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1


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