Reader Ride. 1980 DUCATI GTV 350 Cafe Racer

Bibu Writes in:

Hi ! … First of all i want to congratulate you for your site ,it’s great .
I’m Bibu from Romania and I’m 100% DUCATISTA … I own a little garage called desmoBIBU “Custom Cycles” …….
This is my 1980 DUCATI GTV 350 (desmo parallel twin) that i’ve modified into a caferacer … It’s a very rare bike ,only 958 built … It took me 11 months to complete .
This is a little movie i’ve maked with the build thread : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhFR070TOCM&feature=player_embedded
Hope you like it .

Check out my blog for my other bikes and other cool stuff : http://desmobibu.blogspot.com/
Good luck !

The “Foggy” 1993 Ducati 888.

To a person like me THIS would definitely be a very desirable bike.   Be interesting to see what it goes for. Thanks again Katherine.


Bonhams is delighted to offer for sale two Ducatis associated with four-time World Superbike Champion, Carl Fogarty, both of which are owned by the same private collector in Northern Ireland. The first is the Ducati 888 Corsa on which Carl won both the Superbike race and the headline event at the North West 200 in 1993, and which subsequently was campaigned by Michael Rutter in the British Superbike Championship. This historic machine was purchased by the current vendor in 2005 and has since been rebuilt by marque specialist John Hackett at Ducati Coventry. Estimate £26,000 – 30,000. The auction will take place at the International Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire on April 24th.

The 888 Corsa was reunited with Carl at the Ulster Grand Prix meeting in August 2009 where he rode the second of the two Ducatis on offer: the 1998 916SPS ‘Fogarty Replica’. This machine, the 2nd off the production line, was given to Carl by the Ducati factory and comes with two authenticating plaques, one of which states that the gift was in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to the success of Ducati’. The machine retains its original and most appropriate registration number: ‘S3 FOG’, Carl having won his 3rd Superbike Championship in 1998. Estimate £21,000 – 25,000.

“It is always exciting to offer machines with an iron cast provenance – and these two certainly don’t disappoint. They’re joining an already exciting line up of motorcycles, with our auction at the Mortons International Classic Motorcycle Show proving to be the place to sell an important motorcycle.”

Reader Ride. Cool Ducati and Cool Story.

It’s like the bike found the right buyer at just the right time!  sometime you find a bike and sometimes a bike finds you.
Brian Writes in:

First off I wanted to say I love your site. The bike porn you feature

always gives me inspiration. So much in fact that I finally get to
submit my ride and story!
I looked for a vintage Ducati for years here locally in Seattle. Last
year one finally turned up, a 75 860 GT. The price was REALLY right and
local so I immediately wrote the guy thinking either the bike was gone
or something as it was simply too good to be true. The ad stated a box
of parts and all documentation going back to the 70s came with it. I
went out to see it, and indeed it was all true. Bought it right then and
there. Took it home and started doing some research. It was cafed pretty
early on in it’s life. I saw in a DIOC newsletter index the story of a
cafed 860, turned to the page, and saw my bike! Looking exactly as it
looked then, except for a few new additions.
I am actually taking it back to stock now but thought it would be a neat
story to post up on your site. How it got from California to Seattle is
a mystery. Fantastic bike to ride and sounds like a terror with the
authentic Conti pipes!

Outstanding!  Thanks Bryan!

Reader Ride. Ducati Pantah 500.

Greg Writes in:
Ian Fallon wrote for the Ducati Museum –
Introduced as a 500 in 1979, the Pantah engine was designed and built by engineers Fabio Taglioni and Gian Luigi Mengoli. It formed the basis of the Ducati production/racing program for years to come. So advanced was the design that it was still in production throughout the 1980s … Pantah used a toothed belt camshaft drive instead of the earlier bevel-gears. Other important technical developments were the racing-inspired 60° included valve angle and the forged one-piece crankshaft. These features improved the bike’s reliability and made the design more suitable for competition.

I have owned this bike for three years and love it.  The camshafts on this motor makes it feel like it free revs and it wants to go past its 10,000rpm redline.  The suspension and frame work very well and will keep up with any of my friends larger displacement bikes in the twisties.  It is an easy bike to push  and control and I believe one of the more beautiful.  If you get a chance to ride one you will not be disappointed.  This was the first belt drive Ducati and the basis of every Ducati motor since.
Thanks for a great site.

Greg Rathe

Reader Ride! A Perfect Pantah!

One sweet Ducati Pantah!

Reader Trevor Perry writes in:
Love your blog.

Here are some photos of my 1981 Ducati 600SL Pantah taken by my friend Richard Glover http://www.richardglover.com/  I have plenty of others if these aren’t suitable.

I’ve owned it since 1988 but it was off the road for over a decade until I restored it 2 years ago. Now it back on the road and I’m having fun.

What a gorgeous ride! These are outstanding Trevor! Thanks!