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video - Ducati Mark3 450cm³

Video Report on the complete renovation of a Ducati Mark3 450cm ³.  

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, August 21, 5:48 PM

It starts out as a Mark3 and ends as a Scrambler but it's a cool video set in a great old shop, even if it's movie magic...

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#sunrise beauties this morning for @caferacertv at the crack! It's pretty inspiring to wake to the sound and feel of this rolling museum piece

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, May 28, 9:54 AM

Repost of my friend Bryan Fuller's shot of our bike at the beach this morning for a Cafe Racer TV shoot...

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Motorcycle Racing in Wales: 1930s

Motorcycle Racing in Wales: 1930s | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
A photo by P B Abery, ‘Motorcycle racing in Rhayader on the old road to Aberystwyth, inspires this post.


Old black and white photos of vintage enduro racing make us think about what races were like with less sponsors, less regulations and rules. There’s a purity about it: no logo-saturated arenas, branded bales or race track billboards, just a big sky and a gritty, challenging road.


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Really love this old set of photos - makes us feel like we were there. Very cool...

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Ducati To Be Honored At 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 10th, 2013

Ducati To Be Honored At 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance  March 10th, 2013 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:

This event takes place March 10th during the first weekend of Daytona bike week just over an hour North of Daytona Beach.  It's a beautiful event and a perfect start for Daytona Bike Week for anyone who appreciates Ducati Unobtanium...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:33 PM

This event takes place March 10th during the first weekend of Daytona bike week just over an hour North of Daytona Beach.  It's a beautiful event and a perfect start for Daytona Bike Week for anyone who appreciates Ducati Unobtanium...

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Ms. Vicki is the perfect one to set up the Ducati area. They could have picked no one better than her. Congratulations Vicki! You'll do a wonderful job.
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Thru The Looking Glass – George Betzhold’s 1965 250 Scrambler | Vicki's View on Ducati.net

Thru The Looking Glass – George Betzhold’s 1965 250 Scrambler | Vicki's View on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

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


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For Sale | 1970 350Mk 3Desmo | ducaticlassifieds.com

For Sale | 1970 350Mk 3Desmo | ducaticlassifieds.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

RIDE OR SHOW
multiple show winner, built to be ridden
Complete frame up restoration, tons of upgrades
All work done by Ducati restoration expert Ted Henry
Current CA registration


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Ducati 900GTS Cafe Racer | Return of the Cafe Racers

Ducati 900GTS Cafe Racer | Return of the Cafe Racers | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
How do you make a classic Ducati look any better than it already does? Convert it into a functional and highly desirable Cafe Racer.

What could possibly be better than owning a brand new Ducati? How about owning a classic one; or better still a custom '78 900GTS Cafe Racer like this beauty owned by Nick Huber. Nick purchased the bike 5 years ago with only 13,000kms on the clock, it was to be his daily rider so when it came time to add some custom touches, function would have to come before form...but you'd never know by looking at it

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My $25 Ducati Summer | by Larry Fritz | Ducati.net

My $25 Ducati Summer | by Larry Fritz | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This picture was taken May 20th, 1964 at Santa Fe Park, professional 1/4 Mile Track, on the South side of Chicago, Illinois……I won 1st place in the Consolation race – I was always much better off if I missed the finals in the heat races because I could usually win the consolation race & take home $15 to $25. If I made the Grand Final I would be lucky if I made anything at all! Expert, Amateur & Novice classes all ran together at the Santa Fe Park quarter mile track and I was a novice at that time. I earned enough points to advance to Amateur on the 250cc Diana that summer. Most of the experts, the “Hot Shoes” , were riding Harley Davidson Sprints, (which were made in Italy) or Parilla’s. I could out run almost all of them on the straights, but could not then handle the corners as well as those with more experience. I remember one rider in particular, George Roeder, was actually able to just stick his front wheel into my left side even as our leathers were flapping on the inside guard posts and just push me out of the way....http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/my-25-00-ducati-summer/

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Vincent’s Ducati | Shed built bikes

Vincent’s Ducati | Shed built bikes | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

A while back Vincent, the guy I built the Virago and the CX500 chopper with, bought a Ducati Cagiva Pantah 650. He sold his Yamaha R1 for it and that was a wise decission. The Ducatis isn’t even finished yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s already done more miles on it, than on the R1 in 3 seasons….

Although the bike is not finished yet, it is taking shape nicely. At this moment it has custom made exhaust pipes with modified mufflers, Emco air filters, air-supension at the back, a CX500 C gas tank, a seat made of a CX500 C gas tank, Tomasselli clipons, home made headlight and license plate brackets, after market headlight, Honda speedo and a seat made by the same guy (Raymond) that did the seat on my CB750....More photos and the rest of the story on the headline link above

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Before and After!! A Stunning 1966 Ducati 160 Monza Jr. | Motorcycle Photo Of The Day

Before and After!!  A Stunning 1966 Ducati 160 Monza Jr. | Motorcycle Photo Of The Day | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Now THAT”S a save! Hard to believe it’s the same bike. For more shots of the bike in process take a few minutes and check out his gallery pages.

Craig Kenfield writes in:

I saw a link to your site on Ductalk which led to some before and after photos of a Ducati single. Here’s my version of a similar bike… it’s a 1966 Ducati 160 Monza Jr that was restyled using older Ducati bodywork.

After spending too many years working on it on and off I finally got it back on the road just in time for the vintage bike festival at Barber Motorsports last year. With about 15 miles on the bike we threw it on the trailer and drove 13 hours to get there. Took it off the trailer and it ran great all weekend.

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Tips for Successful Metal Polishing | MC How-To | Motorcycle Classics

Tips for Successful Metal Polishing | MC How-To | Motorcycle Classics | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Motorcycle Classics editors give tips for successful metal polishing on a Laverda RGS 1000 clutch cover with a clear-coat finish...

I've never been a particularly patient person, but I'm learning. And nothing helps teach patience like a project that demands patience. Take metal polishing. On the surface (pun intended) it seems like a simple proposition; clean the surface first, slap on some polish, work it in with a clean cloth and voilà, a perfectly polished and gleaming surface results. Unfortunately, when you're working on old iron, it's not always quite so simple.

Read more: http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/mc-how-to/tips-successful-metal-polishing.aspx#ixzz1qXLgROpP

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Easier.com | Ducati to celebrate anniversary of Imola 200 victory

Easier.com | Ducati to celebrate anniversary of Imola 200 victory | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The Italian manufacturer is set to organise a Ducati Vintage Contest and special display dedicated to the historic Imola 200 race and 40 years of success with Ducati L-twin engines at the World Ducati Week (WDW) event, at Misano 21-24 June 2012, with Paul Smart himself in attendance.

As Ducati starts production of its latest Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, it also prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of Paul Smart’s 1972 victory in the Imola 200. The famous race win, and second place by teammate Bruno Spaggiari, literally kick-started Ducati’s participation in production-derived racing by proving Engineer Fabio Taglioni’s innovative 90° L-twin engine configuration and Desmodromic valve control....more

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Bike of the Week: Fuller's Scrambler

Bike of the Week: Fuller's Scrambler | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

What’s the best thing you can do with a vintage Ducati Scrambler? We say, ride the crap out of it. That’s what fabricator, TV-show host and hot rod builder, Bryan Fuller did with this Ducati Scrambler. He built a vintage bike with a modern twist and took it out in the mud.


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Custom Ducati Full Sport By Bryan Fuller

Custom Ducati Full Sport By Bryan Fuller | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The 1970’s Ducati Super Sport defined a new era and a new line of thinking for Ducati. A philosophy that would lead to the creation of the modern Superbike. Only around 430 to 450 have been produced and custom builder Bryan Fuller is one of many who, a few years back, fell in love with the 1974 green frame after admiring one at The Barber Motorsports Museum. He told me: “The torque and rumble is similar to a Harley but with smoothness and the ability to spin up the RRR’s! They are comfortable enough to ride all day, yet sporting enough to handle the hills or track. Hell, I even used mine to run errands! The 1971- 1974 Ducatis are for me some of the finest motorcycles ever made. They have it all: style, grace and power…” - See more at:

http://cyrilhuzeblog.com/2014/02/10/1974-custom-ducati-full-sport-by-bryan-fuller/#sthash.J6MkRcd0.dpuf

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, February 10, 11:22 AM

Nice job Bryan, it came out great!

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Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982

Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company.

Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early ’70s and, in the typical Italian way, the government stepped in to save the company. The new board, a governing body made up of gentlemen in Brioni suits, knew little about the realities of motorized two wheelers.

1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500.

Although Ducati had made its reputation on singles, the board decided to phase them out after 1974…and replace them with 350 and 500 parallel twins. The idea of a 350cc bike was sensible, as the government provided a huge tax break for motorcycles under that size. And building a 500 version would be inexpensive, as all the hard work would have gone into the 350.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:28 AM

Worst Ducati ever? (We still like them)

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Ducati 750 SS: Bella Figura

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With an engine note as moving as an opera by Verdi, and curves as beguiling as Sophia Loren’s, the legendary Ducati 750 Super Sport is an all-time favourite among Ducatisti..

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, January 25, 2013 8:31 AM

Classic. The very definition  of Ducati Iconic.  But more like twice the price + they mention for real ones with correct numbers in good condition.... 

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Report from the New South Wales Ducati Owners Club Concours 2012 | motorcycleclassics.com

Report from the New South Wales Ducati Owners Club Concours 2012 | motorcycleclassics.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Ian Lee shares impressions and photos of great classic ducati motorcycles at the Ducati Owners Club of New South Wales 2012 Concours.


For more on this meetup of really interesting old Ducati's, click HERE

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Woman killed as Ducati driver ploughs into her in Austrian Alps - General News - Austrian Independent Online News - English Newspaper

Woman killed as Ducati driver ploughs into her in Austrian Alps - General News - Austrian Independent Online News - English Newspaper | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
 A woman was killed after a British motorbiker ploughed into a crowd of fans watching a nostalgic motorbike rally on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Fuschertörl, Austria on Saturday.

The British Ducati driver according to local police lost control of his bike in a left curve and hit a pavement before ploughing into a group of fans watching the race.

31-year-old Christina S. from Lower Austria died at the scene. Her father and another fan were also hit but escaped with minor injuries.

The motorbiker who was competing for the Glockner Trophy was propelled thirty metres through the air before landing in a serious condition.

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WDW 2012: a frolic through the Ducati museum | twowheelsblog.com

WDW 2012: a frolic through the Ducati museum | twowheelsblog.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Check out our exclusive photo gallery of some of the coolest classic and bikes spotted during the recent World ducati week rally in Misano Adriatico, Italy.

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Vintage Ducati Motorcycles Magazine Ad- Is the Ducati for Everyone? | Cycle World

Vintage Ducati Motorcycles Magazine Ad- Is the Ducati for Everyone? | Cycle World | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

That’s what the ad for Monza Junior 160 asked in 1966, years before the little factory in Bologna would turn out its first V-Twin. In those days, Ducati was already marketing itself against the Japanese onslaught with “quality craftsmanship,” the “skillful attention” it paid to every detail and bragging about its gear-driven overhead cam. In spite of all that, at just $229, the Monza Junior was less expensive than many of “the mass-produced jobs.” Forty-six years later, the base Panigale won’t set you back much more than your average non-Italian literbike, but the tariff on Editor-in-Chief Hoyer’s Panigale S would have bought you 100 Monza Juniors back in the day....More here:http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/05/15/is-the-ducati-for-everyone/

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Ducati.net History DejaView | The Glass Transporter | Ducati.net

Ducati.net History DejaView | The Glass Transporter | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

It’s Paul Smart Week here at Ducati.net and we thought if there ever was a photo that was worth re-sharing, it’s this one of the glass transporter that Ducati had built to bring the team bikes to Imola. We will let Paul tell it in his own words:

“That evening we had a grand tour around Bologna in a long procession of cars honking their horns and waving flags. We stopped for what was to be minute outside the railway station, but thousands and thousands of people surrounded us and we just joined in the party....more here:  http://www.ducati.net/2012/04/ducati-net-history-dejaview-the-glass-transporter/

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Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450 Scrambler | Motorcycle-USA.com

Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450 Scrambler | Motorcycle-USA.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
For this edition of Memorable Motorcycles Frank Melling presents the 450 Ducati Scrambler - a bike ahead of its time but full of quirks.

If ever a bike needed to be put into context it is the Ducati 450 scrambler – and the key to understanding this rather lovely motorcycle is to appreciate just how big motocross was in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Today, if you ask a MotoGP fan who the current World Motocross Champion is, you would be lucky to get any answer – let alone an accurate one.

Not so 40 years ago. Road riders and circuit racing fans were heavily involved in the motocross scene and knew the factories and bikes as well as they could recite the exploits of legendary road racers like Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini....more here: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/289/12775/Motorcycle-Article/Memorable-Motorcycle--Ducati-450-Scrambler.aspx

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Excellent Before and After Ducati | MotorcyclePhotoOfTheDay.com

Excellent Before and After Ducati | MotorcyclePhotoOfTheDay.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Thanks to Louise Dutton for the pics.  Nice Save! This is a 1968 Ducati Monza I restored with small modifications last year. Replaced the bars, seat, one wheel and pipe....more photos of "before and after" on the link


Editors note - this bike was restored by Louise in the Desmopro workshop

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davehatter | ad roots | Ducati Community

davehatter | ad roots | Ducati Community | Desmopro News | Scoop.it




More vintage Ducati ad images on the link above

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