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Ducati 350 S Desmo

Classic bike: Ducati 450

With its loud exhaust and carburetor, the ‘Silver Shotgun’ the end of an era for sporting Italian motorcycles, production coming to a halt in

Single-cylinder motorcycles were the mainstay of the British motorcycle but Edward Turner’s Triumph Twin ended that By the 1960s most British were consigned to the scrap but in Italy the single-cylinder still The reason for this was the Italian industry grew out of small motorcycles initially created to mass transportation in a country by war.

Ducati began in with the 50cc Cucciolo and the next decade its single expanded to 100, 125, 200, and then 250cc. By the it was at its limit at 350cc, and a new wide-case single was displayed at the Cologne in September 1967.

This revised engine for the capacity to be eventually increased to also allowing Ing Fabio to make his dream a reality: to the first production engine desmodromic valve gear.

In the 450 (actually 435.7cc) became and featured a new crankcase, cylinder, and castings to accommodate the 86mm x dimensions. Shortly afterwards a 450 appeared, at the time the spearhead of line-up alongside the cosmetically 250 and 350. To aid starting the 450 desmo had a lower 9.3:1 compression and a new Dell’Orto VHB 29 square-slide carburetor while it was more powerful the 250, there wasn’t difference between it and the 350 in outright

Until 1970 the desmo and Mark 3 were virtually but in 1971 the desmo single was a makeover to become one of the first café racers. A gaudy silver paint scheme was for the fibreglass petrol tank, covers and solo seat, rear-set footpegs complemented the handlebars. Later the little acquired the nickname ‘The Shotgun’, the term actually by an Aussie bike magazine in a owner’s report.

More improvement was evident the running gear. Borrani alloy rims replaced the steel type and the front became a Grimeca double-sided shoe instead of the rather single leading shoe had been fitted from

The fork was considerably uprated the previous spindly 31.5mm being a new type of 35mm fork with exposed Only the barest concession was for street legality, with a white Veglia tachometer the instrument layout.

But the 450 desmo was still a single. at around 130kg it was incredibly it was no powerhouse. On a good day you might see but the vibration ensured you didn’t it for long.

And this was not a bike to be after dark, as the 6V headlight illumination similar to that of a

But get one on a smooth twisty road and can be one of the most satisfying vintage motorcycles to ride. With long wheelbase and slow the 750s and 900s are renowned for stability and heavy handling, on tighter roads, but not so a desmo Compared to a Ducati bevel the singles were light, and agile.

They were not particularly on bumpy roads, as I found out to my 25 years ago.

So what is the of the Ducati single? For years lived in the shadow of the 750 and 900 but now a good single is worth significantly than some of the lesser The desmo single, particularly the ‘Silver Shotgun’, represented the end of an era for Italian motorcycles.

These were expensive to manufacture so were not built after

With their loud and open carburetor they no concession to noise, emission or civility, and they were down to the essentials. This was motorcycling: the 450 desmo represents the end of a era.


If you fancy a Silver Shotgun in your own these are the numbers you’ll to run past your bank

Original price for a new 1971 450 Desmo Silver Shotgun:

Current valuation for one in mint $25,000

Ducati 350 S Desmo

Current valuation for one in condition: $15,000


Ing Fabio Taglioni built his desmodromic single in 1956, Degli Antoni riding the 125 to in its debut appearance at the Swedish Prix at Hedemora

Alberto finished second in the 1958 World Championship on the desmodromic

For 1959 Ducati provided Hailwood a desmo single. first Grand Prix the Ulster 125, was achieved on the desmo.

After 1959 Ducati from racing, but loaned singles to Hailwood and Ken Kavanagh 1960 and 1961.

The racing single was resurrected in 1966 and by Bruno Spaggiari, Gilberto and Roberto Gallina until


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