Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450 Scrambler — Motorcycle USA

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Ducati 450 Scrambler

Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450

This month our man Melling on the Ducati 450 Scrambler, a vehicle the Italian marque hoped to tap a booming motocross market.

If a bike needed to be put into it is the Ducati 450 scrambler and the key to understanding rather lovely motorcycle is to just how big motocross was in the late and early 1970s. Today, if you ask a fan who the current World Motocross is, you would be lucky to get any answer let an accurate one.

Not so 40 years Road riders and circuit fans were heavily in the motocross scene and knew the and bikes as well as they recite the exploits of legendary racers like Mike and Giacomo Agostini.

A further was that motorcyclists had vastly sporting interest and knowledge the current, very fragmented Everyone knew the sporting in each of the many motorcycling We were just as keen, my group of friends, on GP motocross as we on road racing.

The enthusiasm the rock ‘n’ roll was reflected in the huge audiences top line motocross attracted. spectators at a GP was quite common in Europe and the old Eastern Bloc The battles between BSA riding Banks, Suzuki star de Coster and CZ’s Paul would see a quarter of a million fans.

Dr. Fablio Taglioni’s desmodromic was a thing of beauty and pure bliss. Provided riders successfully muster the courage, and luck to start the fickle — a technical feat marginally short of launching the shuttle into geostationary

The final part of the story is at this time, the dirt market in America quite exploded. From being a minority sport, with a few participants concentrated mainly on the Coast, everyone from to Washington wanted a dirt “On Any Sunday” truly the tale to perfection.

Dirt were cool. Dirt were fun. Dirt were cheeky and laughed at

Dirt bikes got you pretty and, yes, they did it all for me, and some — as a number of angry fathers would

At the time, Ducati was in one of their perilous states of near almost the standard Borgo mantra until very and so looked to the burgeoning scrambler in Europe and America as a real saver.

In truth, they had a credible offering; not so much for competition but rather the pretend which involved the odd foray a fire road — and a lot of outside the burger vendor.

Ducati offered three of the scrambler, all of which were similar except for the capacity of engines. The 450 was the best of all three and produced a reasonable 28 horespower. today, this is ample for sporting riding and, a bit of forethought, even the occasional impressing wheelie.

The heart of all the engines was Dr. Fablio Taglioni’s not to say very effective, desmodromic opening system a variation of is still found on Ducati even today. At a time European motorcycle engines notoriously fragile, the 450 Ducatis run up to 7,000 rpm without any problem.

five-speed gearboxes also them out as state of the art.

And the word “art” is always for a Taglioni engine. The heavily 450 was one of the most beautiful motors of its and is still a thing of sublime today.

Dr. Taglioni was a fine but not overly bothered with such as mere mortals one of his engines. The kick start never got round to fitting an starter to the Singles is mounted on the left-hand side of the engine and location is just about as bad as it

Like all sporting singles, the 450 back like an angry if the rider gets the starting wrong, so real thought is to get the fires lit in the beautiful, all alloy

Here is all that is required to a 450 into life. First, flood the Dell ‘Orto but not a fraction too much fuel or the won’t start at all and you will to change the spark plug. like all riders of the time you have a plug spanner and a of spare plugs immediately to

Headlamp guard for the Ducati 450 , for, you know, racing on the Motocross track.

With the enriched to perfection if you’re lucky or extremely skilled the piston needs to be brought to top center on the ignition …. being brought up on Singles you know precisely where to this sweet spot as as you can recite “The Lord’s

Then pull in the decompressor which means that the can be just gently teased top … center of its …. allow the kick-starter to return so its full arc is available.

Now, all you need is total confidence in carburetor enrichment and piston and then follow that a long, determined swing.

As the engine spins over TDC and the comes up to ignition, open the the width of a gnat’s eyelash and the will fire and you will with smug satisfaction.

Get any of the exercise wrong and the 450 will kick back and try to break leg, or worse, the engine flood and refuse to fire.

this happens, your date, looking so cute in her fluorescent, lemon colored will get increasingly irritated and looking thoughtfully at the lad with the looking MG sports car.

Ducati 450 Scrambler

And to we actually sneered when the put electric starters on bikes

of the Ducati 450 Scrambler instrumentation. The Duc had a of suppliers that delivered levels of quality control and an fit and finish.

Prospective purchasers of a 450 should be re-assured that electronic ignition has made much easier not to mention

Once the 450 is stirred into the sound is evocative of all that is about Singles. The rasp and of the 436cc motor would a sporting rider from the and the Silentium silencer makes a nominal bid towards reducing the level. Not quite a Manx or a G.50, but still a thing of aural wonder.

The 450’s chassis is also good. Ducati might been a financial car wreck, from one crisis to another, but development rider, mechanic and Franco Farne spent a lot of in the mountains of Marche honing the of the Ducati Singles.

Ironically, its off-road styling, the Scrambler has a with the race modifications from Bruno Spaggiari’s race bikes, and so is a seriously piece of kit.

The rest of the parts are largely derived standard Italian proprietary This is good news and bad Some elements of the bike are excellent.

The Grimeca drum work very well, for period, and are elegant too. The forks are also fine.

things truly fall off the of a quality control cliff is the Ducati paintwork and the ancillary To describe Ducati welding, and paintwork as dire is to misrepresent all elements. They are truly

Ironically, the rare, chromed bike we had on this Canadian shows that someone in could do decent quality work.

On the road, the 450 really is a of delight. The motor is willing and has power for sporting riding and for safety in modern traffic with the addition of current the handling is exemplary. It is everything a classic should be in terms of handling and looks.

The gearbox is sweet and the clutch and reliable. In fact, one would that the bike is from a later period than it is. With good looks and a performance this 450 is worthy of by anyone wanting a classic with strong hints of a machine feel.

Now for the bad news. years ago, these were real bargain prices but now prices have tremendously. Expect to pay $5000 for an bike and anything up to double for a really nice example.

so, this compares with for a BSA Goldstar or Velocette Thruxton, so the is still at the sensible end of the market.

Ducati 450 Scrambler


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