Monday, 27 October 2014

Radical Ducati

Random web find. No info. Early 70s 750SS? The engine has been inclined forward - to lower the centre of gravity? And the lower casing has the side of it's 'chin' shaved flat for extra clearance in the corners. BP

5 comments:

Harley said...

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.

Poppa Wheelie said...

That thing has Ron Wood written all over it

pushrodmofo said...

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! :)

OILY RAG said...

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 .

McQmoto said...

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...