Franzen Cycle Riders, Ducati, Ducati Mach 1, Ducati Singles, Ducati 250

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Ducati Mach 1

The classified ad read:

Ducati For 1967 MkIII 250 — All here and ready for restoration.

#s match and has Mach I engine megaphone kit.

I’d been looking for a vintage single, but the first time I this particular classified ad I the bike with a red flag. have been greatly in either a Mark III or a Mach 1, but a III frame with a Mach 1 signaled a ‘bastardized’ bike of originality and little collectible

Besides, all parts here is a polite way of saying basket

A couple days later I saw the ad again and checked the area The location was in the neighboring State of a few hours drive from I live. I called the seller and the conversation he told me the engine was

I’d lost interest I learned that the engine was and as I tried politely to get off the phone the just by chance mentioned the bike had a red frame.

Suddenly I was again .

I knew from Mick Walker’s Ducati Guide that Mark came with black and Mach 1s were given red

A Mach 1 engine and a red frame maybe this bike was a bit original than I’d thought.

Three days I stood at the deep end of a storage in southern Wisconsin looking at the old The engine, saddle and front were lying close by. My Trig Haroldson waited just in case with his truck.

The rear tire was knobby and of a street machine — but that’s all the last rider find for a long ago all but abandoned size.

The steering head said 250 M3, which is why the seller the bike as a Mark III. But the also gave the engine number and it matched the one on the Mach 1 Unfortunately, the model-identifying tool box were gone. The tank looked Mach 1.

Mach 1s only made from until 1966, but this ’67 title had seemingly from its point-of-sale as the steering plaque gave no specific year.

I thought to myself that might be a Mach 1, but I was no expert. The thing I knew for certain was it had a genuine Mach 1 engine. The was definitely red, but why did the steering placard say M3?

Ducati Mach 1

On this particular the sum total of my Ducati knowledge was what I could recall a very short chapter narrow-case singles in the Ducati Guide. And one thing I distinctly was that the book said 1s were never imported to the States.

I was really confused as to or not to buy the motorcycle. The seller said the was frozen. The tail light wrong for the bike. The bike have clip-ons, but it did have handlebars.

While it did have a Mach 1 the steering head placard M3 and the title said 1967.

all it’s apparent faults, I if this was a genuine Mach 1 it last long. The engine and were mated at the factory as by the steering head plaque.

else had already looked at the ad and was — this other buyer was in Chicago and was due to look at the in two days. I’d been no luck finding any Ducati and I never expected to find a 1.

I had taken Trig away one afternoon of work, and if I was going to with no motorcycle I could done that alone. I had friendship points making drive the truck to Wisconsin, I not imagine going home, a non-purchase and asking him to make the a second time. I made up my not to leave without the Ducati.

Now put myself in a terrible position, a price on a ‘rat bike’ engine was seized, and me without knowledge to assess it’s value and blindly speculating it just might be a Mach 1.

long a deal was struck, and the was mine. Trig and I laid it on its in the truck and struck out for home, and as we back I kept looking the rear window at the 35-year old of a then small Italian company named Ducati.

Ducati Mach 1
Ducati Mach 1

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