Ducati 450

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Ducati 450 Mark 3

Taglioni’s Ducati singles are the most perfect single-cylinder you can get. Arguably some may be faster, and quicker off the mark. But are without doubt the sexiest this isn’t even to discussion.

Less is definitely there’s nothing on that that isn’t needed you’ve got engine, frame, lights (sometimes) — more do you need?

Why so many of spend so long packed in a variety of cardboard boxes was a mystery until the following befell mine.


I was given the bike as a present in 1979 when I was living in Terrace in Ladbroke Grove. It was a present from my then Ingrid Herscher, who will be by anyone who was involved with the Owners’ Club GB or Dead at the time. We had a garage but it was a distance by shopping trolley so all the subsequent had to take place in the kitchen or on the

The First Incarnation

I think the came with a dodgy tank, because I replaced it quick with an ali one originally for British bike or other it was rather big. I cut it down to by the simple expedient of sawing the off, bashing the sides in at the front edges, and applying of Devcon (aluminium-filled epoxy) to it all together. And LOTS of sanding. And was an improvement!

Devcon came in handy to the inlet tract with on as well, which worked a Which was nice.

It wasn’t after I’d had the frame (red — what was I that I realised it had a slightly frame . not helped by the knackered old shocks. I still rode it as it wasn’t that badly There was loads else to out like the mashed points and stuff. It came from Wittman by the way, hi John.

it was a Ducati 450 Desmo and I was overjoyed.

I the hopeless carburettor with a Amal which helped and threw the old Silentium away, a short reverse-cone mega. was surprisingly quiet until the blew out en route to Seaford one and I had to ride up Brighton main one blazing hot Sunday with my up the exhaust pipe to quell the Made changing gear

Stage Two — Complete

Later on, to resurrect it more I bought a 250 Desmo frame, (Marzocchis) tank and saddle and the good bits into with my own electrics as a bonus. I with the original shrouded though as the marzocchis needed attention. The Girlings were with some new Marzocchis.

The Desmo tank was a huge

At some point I did a complete of the engine on the kitchen table. I up giving it the finishing touches, it in the frame and riding straight off to wierd rally miles somewhere with the Paramilitary of the Royal Enfield Owners’ The only problem was that the was hacking somewhere and we had to chop a bit of or something.

Here she is with a 250 frame, tank and saddle the original 450 Desmo (earlier side tins, both with steel rims and the forks with shiny ali at the top.

The saddle’s plastic was but the foam survived so Ingrid a cover out of some leather my found for me at work. I’m that too. The original while maybe (and a big maybe) is today worthy of at the time was definitely junk. I have the clock which sat in the of this weedy little tin with a puny yellow thing called a headlight in it.

I fitted a 7 Cibie in a Lucas with a Smith’s Chronometric in a bit of ali the bars.

The stainless mudguards with the original heap I and the silencer looks like a Decibel, which I’ve got. Quite the bitza.

One hot summer’s day I was returning from a Owners Club meeting at the end of the M40. The engine was the one I had built on the table a year previously to go to a Rabbit Rally with a of yahoos from the Paramilitary of the Royal Enfield Owner’s (and, as it turned out, Boy Scouts). It had a secondhand big end, 3rd was kind of jumpy and some of the was by Bernie.

After 8,000 and a few laps of Snetterton Circuit it was a bit loose. Combined with ignition timing and temperatures in the the endless full-throttle run down the M40 did for the big


The engine spent under the kitchen table, and in the spare room when we in 1983; no way was it living outside! though we now had a garage, the engine indoors; years passed; happened. I had a succession of wierd In 1999 the flat was finally and my 450 DESMO spent two years in 6 plastic boxes (I’ve hi-tech) in someone else’s

The garage leaked, so did the boxes. I think I moved on to the next just in time.

This is the state of the bike — bits are stacking up in the hall at a of knots. The rebuilding has begun! to the sale of my old flat (and sad of the garage) there’s nothing for it but to it back into one piece

There’s a lot that has now been

This lot cost about

New crankpin and bearing. The rod was sleeved a 2mm thick white metal — as used by racers

The crank-end needed rebuilding it meets the oil pump — has also been renewed with the bush and oil seal.

3rd was very jumpy, it seems one of the had broken in two and was lying in the bottom of the The dogs were pretty chewed too.

Rebore and new piston. An average-ish compression of 10:1 should suffice. no idea how this is going to run on

New valve seats, guides and A complete re-shim, obviously, and a bit of a to the ports.

The whole engine has been blasted (the barrel’s no a dirty black :-) and looks clean.

Full set of gaskets and

Full set of bearings.

And for another or thereabouts:

Ducati 450 Mark 3

Frame straightened and to gleaming black, along the swing-arm and center stand.

New bushes and grease nipples

hubs and plates vapour and polished.

Countless little and pieces of chroming and plating.

stuff which I can’t remember. Brian’s very bad supplying an itemised bill makes life difficult!

there was stage 2, costing �160.00:

I polished up the rims and them to Hagon’s for building the hubs. Before I sent off I laquered everything so hopefully the will fall off a lot more

Lots of polishing and cleaning to the shell and silencer.

Stage 3: cycle parts: about

The forks have been with hard-chromed staunchions, new etc etc.

The tank, saddle, mudguard and side panel have all been sprayed up to each other in that Ducati yellow . Tank (from Australia !) have applied and laquered in, and the tank has sealed internally as it was full of

The down pipe has been

The tail light unit has polished.

The rear brake and chainguard have been

Brian managed to find a of rear engine bolts for me, the having mysteriously gone

He also made and plated up a of front brake stays will come in handy!

countless little bits been chromed/polished/zinc plated.

still plenty to do — cables, brake shoes, everything on — and stuff to buy tyres, chain sprockets. Ho

I’ve been accumulating bits for years and have a few bits for sale that I really need for myself. go and check them out, you may something you need.


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