Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Period race rep bevel Ducati

I've lusted after this bike for more than ten years. It belongs to my friend Loreno (he built the '51 Topolino barchetta corsa in issue 1 of the mag) and he has just got it down from the mezzanine above his workshop where it has sat for ages, waiting to be brought back to life. It came out of the Ducati factory as a 750S in late '74, and was then quickly transformed into an Imola race rep in '75, along with nicely done left-hand gear shift crossover and still featuring a musty old original Magneti Marelli plug in the panino cubby hole. Loreno bought it many years ago from the original owner, so knows its history. It's a genuine period go faster transformation using parts available in Italy in 1975, so far more interesting than a standard model, and shows that blokes on Rossi-inspired R1s are just some of the latest in a long line of owners wanting to pay homage by copying factory race bikes for their own kicks. We'll be shooting it and having a ride in a future issue.


Stuka said...

Cracking my mag the other day...ACE..!!

Lou said...

That's a real beauty. You're having a great time I see.

adam@italianmotor said...

Stuka - pleased you liked the mag!!