Thru The Looking Glass — George Betzhold’s 1965 250 Scrambler…

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Ducati 250 Scrambler

Thru The Looking Glass – Betzhold’s 1965 250 Scrambler

luck is often just timing and if you happen to be George you are a very lucky guy…..

George saw a post in the group that his friend Thurmond had posted from Texas about a Craig’s ad for a 1968 “Ducatti” George right on it and called the seller, who was at Home Depot but just to catch the call.  Sight and just trusting his instincts, made a deal on the spot, the full asking price by and a month later, it was time to see he bought when George in Austin, his anticipation high. him was a short, intriguing  history of the bike the had sent:

“ What I know this motorcycle is that it was by my father (Jerome Berti) after he graduated from and got his first job as an engineer at Allis As far as I can remember, he kept it covered in the and I did not see him ride it too much, just once and a while to start it to it in good shape. He purchased it

1) his mother would never let him a motorcycle, shotguns seemed to be ok which does not make (they lived in a remote in Wyoming) and

2) it has some unique design he was impressed with. My worked on engines all his life and has 10 patents on various engines. search for his patents… I he even still has patents one on a chain saw that does not run on I unfortunately am an executive at a software and know nothing about but I do lead a team that very complex software.

I attached some additional The only issue I see on it is the back light cover is broken He put something on the wheels to maintain the and if you rub it off there is shiny chrome

Best of luck w/this Let me know how to arrange getting to your friend in Bastrop or it shipped to you . “

Incredibly, he found the Ducati just as described. brought it home to North and began the business of figuring out he was working with. First was to do an oil change and cleanup. It turned out Joe’s father had used grease over almost all of the surfaces on the bike.

That the wheels. Needless to say, all of that grease was a time task, almost like But Jerome Berti had known he was doing when he covered the in grease –  it kept the bike preserved and as George scrubbed off the the beauty of the bike emerged.

George had promised his friend Ducati guru Rich that he would try keeping the in as found condition, avoiding any steps until he had a full of the overall patina of his time machine. What was emerging was what Rich was describing – an all example in lovely condition. had bought George a “looking Ducati.

George started on his list of “new, used basics”. He started with the and noticed that the oil looked new. Hmmmm. The crankcase was full of “fresh” oil from years ago?  Next, he the sparkplug and poked a bore into the barrel.

Damn…. the walls were beautifully hatched and looked perfect. A of squirts of engine oil into the and George slowly kicked the over by hand. It rotated He kicked it over a few more

Then he pulled the valve  Plenty of fresh oil.  So he it all back up, put some gas in the tank and it a couple of kicks. On the third that it fired.

He took a reading and it had a whopping 180 psi.  By now he was – George had won the little old bike

Ducati 250 Scrambler

Since then, George has a few things to the Scrambler. Jerome had a “muffler” to the original open George preferred the look and of the OEM which he sourced, re-chromed and With plans to ride the he decided to install an MZB dyno and generating magneto ignition to improve spark and lighting. The to 12v and electronic ignition was fairly and transformed the bike, making it reliably and run flawlessly.

He looked thru the OEM spares came with the Scrambler and the tallest gearing Ducati had in the standard kit.

These 150 mile rides are the norm for and his Scrambler, and he says it has never let him At Barber Vintage Festival these photos were George had a chance to follow Neilson on the Rich Lambrechts build “C31” on a 12 mile ride from hotel to —  He say’s it was one of his favorite on the bike so far, even “I really had to wring that 250 in order to keep up!”

For photos of George’s Scrambler HERE

For photos of the bike as in Texas and during George’s click HERE  and has chosen to place 250 Scrambler in it’s online of photos of bikes we consider to be examples for use as restoration references.  permanent link can be found

Now where’s that Craigs app………..

*Special thanks to our Darrell Thurmond who passed while riding his Ducati not after he helped George buy bike.  His generosity, and endless willingness to help his will continue to be missed by the group every day.

Ducati 250 Scrambler
Ducati 250 Scrambler
Ducati 250 Scrambler
Ducati 250 Scrambler


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