’60’S 125 – Ducati.ms – The Ultimate Ducati Forum

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on ’60’S 125 – Ducati.ms – The Ultimate Ducati Forum

Could use some help, please? Don’t know much about Itialian machines.

I just picked up a barely running, 1960’s 125 Ducati. My plans are, to clean it up best as can be, get it running better, but, leave it the way it is (orginal) and race it in the Vintage GP held here, each year for Mtn Fest.

The Vintage Gran Prix is getting to be a HUGE event! Drawing old MC’s from most states and a couple of foreign countrys! Anything from the samllest to the laregest cc’s.

Anything from a pure ‘rat’ bike to a machine with a 6 figure restoration job, and everything inbetween.

ANY Motorcyle, 25 years old or older is eligible! (there are other rules, but I haven’t got them yet)

Finding ANY old running MC (within $$$ reason) is getting harder and harder to do!


Since the last time I fooled around with any European MC’s, was in the late ’60’s, I have CRS disease. (Can’t Remember S%$t)

1. what is the ‘normal’ valve train noise/rattle? (I had both 441 ‘thumpers.’ One when I was in England, and the other in the Philippines. And it was normal for a ‘rattle’ up on top. But, I forget how much ‘rattle’ is ‘normal’)

If I have to adjust the valves. They are accesible under that little finned cap on top of the motor, right?

1 a. What are the adjustments?

2. what oil do I use? Didn’t they use a straight 40w in those bikes back then? I brought the one ‘thumper’ back stateside, and couldn’t find any ‘thick'(er) oil here, and had to mix in a coulple cans of STP.

I take it, the same oil is for the motor/clutch/and trans.

The ‘stinky’ oil that is in the bike, is clean, and full, but, doesn’t smell, look, or feel, like any of the straight weight oils I have been using.

Right now the clutch is ‘froze’, I’m going to tape the clutch lever against the handle bars and try to rock it back and forth in 1st gear (after I get the correct clutch compatble oil in there) see if it will free itself.

If I can’t get it freed up. worse come to worse, it looks hard it get into, can some one zerox the procedure, out of a manual they might have?

Is the clutches, or a compatable replacement clutch pac even avalible?

NONE of the electrics are hooked up. I don’t know how they have it wired, but, kick it over, and it will run without turning anything on.

It must have a magneto. For the points would have burnt up levaing it ‘on’ this length (?) of time. Anyway, the 6 volt battery is dead.

The bike has been stored neglicted. Looks like a POS. But, is orginal. That ‘orginality’ is going to stay. A machine is orginal only once.

The front fender and speedo are MIA. Wouldn’t mind finding them.

3. ANTthing else that you experts think, I’ll need to know about this machine. Please?

I’ll need help in (Jethro Bodine siphern’, ought into ought, and carry 5) ‘siphern’ the tag that is on the frame neck. I can’t read Itialian. Unless it’s Applichain Dutch/German, Tar, far, bursch, yunder/yonder, narry, winder, hit, youins/unze. widgejadidga, poke, feesh, loomnum, ought, fixin, and probably several others that I have forgotten, I have a hard time even readin’ english. LOL

Anyway, if I know what that tag says, it makes me look smarter than I really am.

The VIN # is on that tag, right? I have to show the cops where the VIN is located, so they can sign the slip, that I take to our DMV and get a title for this thing.

Ducati 125 T
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