1971 DUCATI 450 R/T RACING BIKE FOR SALE

Price: £5,500.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Langres, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Make: Ducati
Model: 450 R/T
Type: Motorcross (off-road)
Year: 1971
Mileage: 50
Color: Red, white with green stripe
Engine size: 450
Power: 38
Gears: Five-speed manual
Start type: Kick start
Drive type: Chain
Description

Not to diminish the original bike as the most beautiful dirt bike produced at the time and an excellent bike for casual riding. the Ducati 450 R/T production only ran for one year due to characteristics that were not compatible with racing (http://www. pulpmx. com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/gps-classic-steel-69-1971-desmo-ducati-rt-450).  

All design flaws of the Ducati 450 R/T  have been corrected on this bike:

Poor handling : Frame modified by DICK MANN http://www. motorcyclemuseum. org/halloffame/detail. aspx?RacerID=75)  copying an Eric Cheney 450 Ducati frame geometry.

Lack of low end torque :   Motor built by Dave Crone  (http://www. ducatiphoenix. com)  with 1968 springer head providing greater low end torque than the Desmo.   Top end rebuilt in February 2014.  

Inadequate suspension :  Suspension replaced with Husqvarna forks  and Thor shocks - freshly rebuilt

Excessive weight :  original fiberglass replaced by alloy and suspension replacements brought weight down from 300 lbs. down to 252 lbs.

This bike ridden by Brian O?€™Conner in mid 1990`s and placed in the top five nationally in the US four years in a row in the 500 classic class and probably would have scored higher if Mr O?€™Conner hadn?€™t competed in the 250 class.  in which he won the national title.  

 

Dave Crone. top American Ducati specialist believes this is the only ?« corrected ?» 450 R/T that exists.

 

 

5500£   price includes free delivery to Euro Tunnel - Delivery to U. K. possible

 

 

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