Memorable MC Ducati 450 Desmo — Motorcycle USA

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Memorable MC Ducati 450 Desmo

the magnificent desmo engine the lithe, athletic chassis the 450 was a to any motorcyclist.

It is often the case the best example of a bike is at the very end of the model’s life. is certainly true of the 450 Desmo of 1973 which can trace elements of its bloodline all the way back to 125cc GP racer which its debut in 1956.

That a road bike and a tiny Prix racer should be so linked is easily explained. bikes were the products of Fablio Taglioni who joined in 1954. Taglioni’s big idea was to valve float by having the positively opened and closed using conventional springs. In the of the 125 GP bikes, two camshafts were — one to open the valve and the to close it.

This allowed the little to run reliably to over 14,000 In various forms, this is the desmodromic system still in use by even in the present day.

engines were capable of high rpm and thus could be with a very short The camshafts were opened and by means of a bevel drive the same as a Manx Norton which required extremely engineering on the part of the manufacturer and oil changes by the owner. Extensively by the Italian government after the World War, Ducati probably the only European capable of mass producing a gear engine.

The 450’s early ancestors as 175cc models in 1957 and the eleven years later. By the the 450 was launched in 1969 the Ducati had their reputations firmly On the positive side, the bikes beautifully thanks to the work of development rider, mechanic and Franco Farne.

Legend has it Farne would take the into the Marche mountains to the of Ducati’s Bologna factory and that they handled and as well as any road bike in the

The downside was that the finish on the was truly grim. Paintwork was chrome dire and the electrics worse than the Japanese Even so, with the magnificent engine dominating the lithe, chassis the 450 was a delight to any motorcyclist red blood in his veins.

Desmo were capable of sustained rpm and thus could be made a very short ….

blood certainly needed to be red starting a 450 was an acquired knack. The — forget effete to modernity like the electric offered by Japanese contemporaries is on the left hand side of the and requires advanced yoga to operate easily. Of course, all sporting singles, the initiated can up a 450 with one half-hearted kick, blindfolded and juggling flaming

For the rest of the biking world, the is considerably harder.

Earlier singles had a reputation for fragility, in terms of the big-end which did not kindly to being plonked in high gears under However, by the time 450 had arrived, its wider and stronger crankcases and increased big-end bearing the biggest of the desmos was more friendly.

In fact, the challenges the poses in terms of starting adds to the charisma of what is one of the great sporting singles of all — a worthy companion to icons as the BSA Gold Star and Venom. And, like its cousins, the 450 has become an established in classic racing — in Spain where Mototrans Ducati-powered machines are particularly

The crackle of the lightly silenced engine bouncing off the hedgerows as the 450 through bends with the of a surgeon’s scalpel is still one of the experiences of motorcycling. With good looks, and much reliability due to modern oils, the ought to be more highly in terms of price. That the 450 expensive makes it one of the great in the classic bike world.

With a little luck, you can a 450 that will set you back £3,500 (or over $6,000 USD) for a example that’s ready to

For more information on the Ducati 450 Gary Brook at .

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