1975 Ducati 860 GT

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Ducati 860 GT
Ducati 860 GT

1975 Ducati 860 GT

During my college career, I became with an avid motorcyclist Rick who, with his rode from Schenectady, NY to on a Norton Commando. That was no feat in 1971, before the of the Alcan Highway, so I respected his when it came to motorcycles. using up that Norton, bought a Ducati 860GT.

He it for 2,500 miles before it languish in his garage, under an old as kids and other interests over his time.

My college ended prematurely, but I stayed in with Rick and his family I left town. Passing by his in upstate NY on my yearly trip to the Rally in Lake George, I make it a point to stop by and Inevitably, we would uncover the

As the years progressed, I took to along a can of WD40, which I spray onto the 860GT in the of postponing the inevitable deterioration moisture, rust, mildew and I also usually offered to buy it.

wouldn’t hear of it — he that bike. After Paul Smart and Bruno had swooped the 200 mile race at Italy in ’72 on a similar and the Ducati cult was a growing in the USA. One day, he reasoned, his would be grown and his wife allow him to lovingly restore the old to its former glory. Decades

Hair turned grey. WD40 cans piled up the tarp. Finally, in 1998, decided that he wanted an new canoe more than old bike, so I bought it.

All the usual needed replacement, including and tubes, fork seals, drive chain, rear brake pads, battery, and overhauls. Then I added the second disc up front, the requisite stainless steel Shakedown runs revealed the to be a mobile ecological disaster, so it was and resealed.

Ah, the ravages of timewould that my old body could be so easily back to spec.

Ducati 860 GT
Ducati 860 GT

Was it worth it? As you should ask a rider, not an accountant.

The big twin needs to be fired up style: put the bike on its side-stand, to the right and kick with right leg. You’d swing at the proper angle, or your shin will painfully into the footrest. the electronic ignition provides low-rpm spark, so results come in just a kick or and it rarely stalls.

Once in the saddle, though, the drill is quickly forgiven as you a very roomy, comfortable position perfectly suited to distance travel. You really out, with low-effort inputs to the high, wide as you roll the throttle on and off in top gear, the loping character of the torquey haul you from corner to

The longish wheelbase and slow geometry provide very stability and reinforce the feeling you could go all day, and really some miles, with effort. The five-gallon fuel makes it so.

GT means Gran Tourismo, and Touring is what this is all about. The dual Brembos up stop this 500-pounder two fingers. The stout Ceriani sets a high standard, by IKON shocks in back. Go lean it way over: the triangulated frame member uses the crankcase as a stressed member, and clearance is abundant (it is a Ducati, all).

The ultra-smooth 90 degree is always willing, never for power.

Ducati 860 GT
Ducati 860 GT
Ducati 860 GT

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