Definitely an early bevel engine in what looks like a stock(ish) frame, apart from the angle of the engine. I can't see any obvious advantage to such a small change but cutting away the outside edge of the cases suggests they were expecting some pretty extreme lean angles.
That thing has Ron Wood written all over it
Wouldn't turning the engine shift more weight to the front / make the back end easier to break lose? But as Harley said, that would be such a small difference, no?Also, it would allow the swingarm to be shortened a tad - I wouldn't be able to say if this is the case here, but the shocks do seem more straight up and down than other pics of bevels seem to show.Under compression that front is going to be *awfully* close to the cylinder head! :)
I thought about swinging the engine more upright on mine so that I could move it closer to the front . But the thought of oil pick ups and drains being in the wrong place and resulting in starvation put me off .
Going back a good few years I took photos of a fabulous Trackmaster - framed Ducati that was being raced in Vintage Dirt Track. I'll have to dig out the pics...
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