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We sold this to  Richard Rees back in October here he is in sunny December  (it’s sunny in Australia anyway)

 Uncrating his Guzzi V7 Sport.

 

Keat Hooi from Malaysia sent us these pictures of his very rare Ducati, fantastic patina can anyone shed any light on the model? If yes feel free to email me or Keat….  keathooiong@gmail.com

 

Tom Stephens

I've attached a couple of photos of my NCR "New Blue".  I was looking at your website and saw the photos of the Ducati "Old Blue" and thought there should be a "New Blue" to go with it.  Now if there was only a way we could both get together to go on a ride on a sunny afternoon, all would be right in the world.  But since the "Old Blue" is in Ireland and I'm in Northern California, I don't think it will happen very soon.

NCR took my donor Paul Smart and made the conversion to a "New Blue".  They say it is the only one based on a Paul Smart.  The few others they did are all based on the twin shock "Sport Classic".  I also had them put in their high compression pistons, titanium valves, light flywheel, ect.  Since they are all custom orders, I had mine done a little different then the others.  I had the BST wheels painted silver instead of gold.  The mirrors are blue instead of silver, and the cylinder heads are red.  I also used the number 16 instead of 31, as a tribute to it starting life as a Paul Smart.

I've also sent you a photo of my MH900e "Carbon Dream" & my MV Agusta 312 "Corse".  You didn't have a photo of either of those on your website.

 

Richard Brown

Hi John I like your pages but you don't have a picture of a tiger cross on your Garelli gallery this is mine not the one i had at sixteen but the same, restored over eighteen months and shown at the classic car and bike show at the NEC this year i hope you like it  

John Baldwin with his Laverda

I have a Laverda Mirage which I bought second hand in 1983.  It is original apart from the usual stainless and shocks.  Mileage130k kms.  I've been all over Europe on it, and to the IoM TT three times.  I ride it less often nowadays, maybe 1500 miles a year.  Never had a serious problem, never been in the engine further than doing valve clearances and a generator bearing.  These photos are a track day at Brands Hatch June 2010.

Doug Jones 
Sends us these jems

hi john.....the Ducati I've owned for 23years now, motor was done around 10 years ago by Paul at D.T.S.
it's got v2 pistons , oil pump and oil filter, 36 mm Dellortos  pumpers, heads have been gas flowed, electronic ignition and has the later 3 dog gearbox have covered over 50,000 since with no problems thou its now getting a little smoky on the front pot on the overrun, must see to it this winter. The MV I've had around 11 years and its well used, photo shows it on a camping holiday in Ireland, not much room for me thou when I've got tent and throw-overs on. a standard bike which I've done a full engine re-build.....and it is reliable and starts easily!!!!!! got the condor a couple of years ago off the same mate i got the duke from.
Dave fitted a clubman cam, bigger carb and a free flowing Norton commando "silencer" before I got it. I've converted to 12 volt electrics after the rectifier went a.w.o.l great all rounder that's been totally reliable other than the electrics, that's all sorted now I hope!! 

 

Michael Thomson  
From New Zealand

 

enjoying his Morini that he bought from us back in the summer, he’s  managed to find a couple of other Morinis to ride with too, the lovely wire wheeled example is an immaculate restoration by its owner Malcolm Anderson.

 

Peter Calles
After one and a half year restoration my 1957 MV 175 is completed, and ready to show

    

A few more from
Peter Calles

More superb shots of Peters house, we really don’t have to say anything else.

For some of the best photography you’re ever going to find take a look at Phil’s site too http://www.philaphoto.com/

 

Rune Olafsen
Some pictures of his nice Ducati sport
 


 

Reno Leoni’s own 160 Special

 possibly for sale, any interest just drop me a line.


The Ducati started out as a 125 cc and is now a 160 cc. The motor is all new, 10:1 compression, new stock crank, new stock connecting rod, Dellorto 24 mm carb w/ alloy stack, dual spark head, external oil lines, 35 mm intake valve, 32 mm exhaust valve, new complete exhaust system, 12 volt electric system, custom made bevel viewing cover, custom made bevel tower tube.The bike has brake lights, head light, new tires, new alloy rims, new swing arm with custom made swing arm cups, fiber glass front fender, adjustable swan neck handle bars, new front and rear sprockets, new foot pegs, new front 32 mm forks, new dual lead coil, new front and side number plates and new paint all around, new seat.

 

Roland Fritsch
 

 
This is Rolands fantastic restoration of a 900GTS
he bought from us just last year, well done Roland, it's a stunner.

 

Dave Keeling  

  Dave's Mirage bought from us a few months back now looking like a Jota.

 

Hi John
Here are a couple of images of the finished Laverda Mirage wearing a 3C tank, side panels and tail fairing in Laverda racing orange. Super support from Richard Slater and Dream Machine paintwork.  
 

Paul Butterworth

       

  Pauls fantastic 250 Desmo restoration that he bought from us in 2007, also his 900SS owned from new.

 

This from the fantastic Collezione-Giappone S.p.A

 

The  madeinitalymotorcycles annual trip to maison St Georges near Narbonne in the south of France

 

Hi John - thought you might like these for your visitors gallery

(and if so a link back to <a href="http://www.teambenzina.co.uk/home/">Benzina</a> much appreciated)

A good friend's dad had a Garelli franchise, and he had a blue Reckord in 1975. I stayed on for A levels so could only afford a Puch M2...tragic. Those not of a certain age (or UK residency) might wonder at an obsession for Sports Mopeds so a brief "why?"  might help - there was a 1972 act limiting 16 year olds to 50cc bikes with pedals - the government thought folk would ride Mobylettes and Puch Maxis. Of course people like Garelli and Fantic put pedals on their 50cc sports bikes which would do nearly 50mph, and the Japanese soon caught on (albeit with slower bikes - slower being a relative term) In 1977  the law changed again to restrict the bikes to 30mph and removed the need for pedals. Soon 16 year olds rode scooters (bloody Quadrophinia film on mod culture had some influence too), but to UK men of a certain age those sports mopeds are a fond memory , best  Greg

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( EDIT. Everyone wanted the Reckord but there were few around....guaranteed to blow the FS1E and Puch M50 Sport boys into the weeds...Webmaster )

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Tim Waterhouses 78 Darmah NCR project coming along nicely

 

Laurent from France sent us these lovely shots taken on a visit with his father to Aix-en-Provence

Last Saturday, we went to the "Sainte Victoire" mountain to Aix-en-Provence near Marseille, a real pleasure... the 900SS is the best bike that we can have :-),

 

More of Nico’s stunning restorations, the pictures speak for themselves

Rob Dymoke’s fantastic TT2 that he built, we look forward to seeing the 900 Rob.

Now here’s a mad man who really loves his Ducs, our mate Ron from Ipswich.

   

 

 

 

Steve Edwards sent us these great period shots taken either the Royal Horticultural Halls Westminster, or Earls Court, about 1975/6

Peter Korens fantastic Ducati Flat track XR900, we love it Peter.

 

 

 

So what do you do if you buy someone's non runner abandoned project bitsa twin-spark 900GTS  for spares and then find that it runs? I always liked the Harley XR750......Those who must have their Bevels original had better not look. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bevelduc/2767172387/

 

Five years ago I bought an abandoned project based I think on a 900GTS. The seller intended to make a Hailwood Replica but gave up. It was a non runner due to rusty tank and no battery, engine covered with white "fur" and I bought it for spares for my 750GT and 900SS.

However, on closer inspection it was better than I thought and after fitting a battery and tank from the GT plus a gear lever it fired up second kick and after a short road test I knew all gears worked as well as the brakes.  

What to do?

 

Too far gone to consider restoration so I thought maybe I'd build a squarecase Z-Stripe sport using my old steel SS tank and a Sport seat I had. Tank was too narrow, as was the seat, and I already have a single seat clip-on SS. It stayed in the garage for a couple of years while I mulled over the idea of a Flat-tracker. The main elements that distinguish the Harley XR750 are the tank and seat, the curvy high-level exhaust and the clean front end with spool hub. I had no intention of running without brakes but by reversing the fork legs

and having the callipers behind I improved the look enormously. One weekend while my father was staying I made a mock-up XR750 tank and seat out of Cellotex, a polyurethane insulation foam that is really fast to work. Dad sat in the sun drawing the tank graphics and my son helped paint. I liked the result and decided to proceed with certain parameters: I would try to build it as if it came out of the Ducati factory which would determine many of the details and the budget was set at £500 plus tyres and chain. The budget was low because it would always be a bitsa and also because of fear of failure. I wasn't sure it was going to work and I've seen plenty of modified bevels

that make me shudder. It was quickly obvious that a Harley tank would not fit the Ducati frame but I bought a replica seat base and handlebars from USA and made a wooden buck for the tank. I had a sheet of aluminium, made a sand bag and cut down one of the kids

croquet mallets and started bashing. Then I had to learn how to gas weld aluminium, which was tricky, and weld up the bits. The XR750 has no side panels, the left side is mostly covered by the exhaust and the right is covered by a large racing number plate. The way the frame

tubes go on the Ducati, the sides looked a mess so I decided to make the side panels using shapes from the seat unit as a guide as well as shapes on SS and GT panels. First I had to straighten the kink in the frame tubes that go up from the rear engine mounts because I wanted a slim wasted look and the standard frame would push the exhaust too far out. Something still didn't look right and it took me some time to identify that it was the steering head angle. That was steepened by 5 deg. Footrests are GTS butchered and welded, gearchange fabricated in GT style. I abandoned the brake cross over shaft because it interfered with the new position of the left footrest and made a new brake lever and cable that crosses over under the seat. I really enjoyed making the exhaust. I had loads of old headers to cut up but found I needed a tighter bend under the front cylinder and eventually found a grab handle as used in toilets for the disabled. For the record, I did not steal one! The silencers have cut-outs for the rear shock like the Imola high level

pipes so they sit nice and close to the frame. Heat shields were first bent around an old silencer and then drilled. Tail light is a Cateye bicycle lens on a home made alloy housing. The project was looking good and close to being painted when someone pulled

out of a side road in front of me and I smashed up my SS and broke my right hand which put a stop on everything. My original intention was to run the bike with a daytime only MOT with no lights and a bicycle speedo for the racing XR750 look. (For those outside

the UK, the MOT is an annual official certificate of compliance and they have daytime only option for off road bikes.) The accident changed my mind so I fitted a light and made speedo and tacho housings in the style of the Scrambler "Beer cans". This also meant I had to compromise on the handlebars and fit switches which spoils the clean look somewhat although I ran the wiring through the bars.

I gave the seat pan to Earl who did a lovely job cutting the foam and covering it. Got the tank decals cut and printed on vinyl and sprayed the lot with Harley Racing Orange basecoat and 2K clear lacquer. (My God, do I hate painting!) I didn't like the original plastic ignition housing and with my newfound skills made one from aluminium. Last Thursday I wheeled it out of the garage, put in some fuel, kicked it over a few times with ignition off to get fuel in the cylinders and it started fist kick. Brilliant reward after three years, and the cheap far-eastern silencers sound amazing with a really deep thump.

 

 

Eric Hak on his 900SS taken in action during the Moto Giro last year.

Thanks Eric

 

Paul Beauregard from New England

Hello from New England. Great web site John here are a few pictures of my 1975 750 GT. It was my first motorcycle. I bought it new in June 1975. I still have it today. I finished fixing it up  a couple of years ago. Here are a few pictures  and some of the changes , 41.7 marzocchi fork with adj. rebound  front fender is from a Moto Guzzi v7 sport  with custom fender stay  rear fender is from Ducati 750 sport, Metmachex engineering swingarm , Ohlin shocks and steering damper,  custom wiring harness, Dyna S ignition and Dyna coils,  Akront 18 inch rims, custom nickel plated rearsets , rear set bracket is from a 1981 Moto Guzzi 850, completely rebuilt engine ,Carillo rods higher comp pistons, 36 mm Dellortos,  headlight unit is from a Ducati Darmah, 280 mm full floating cast iron discs with 4 piston  Brembo goldline calipers,  custom billet top camp for fork  switch gear is from a Ducati monster , white face Veglia guages ,seat done in leather  and sewn with marine grade thread Bub exhaust system, colour of the bike is claret Red mica , a Honda car colour of the mid 80's  with hand painted pin strips, its a very nice machine

Tom Stephens from the US sent us this and it’s just stunning, thanks Tom.

      

        

 I saw your website and it is one of the very best I've seen to those of us that live, eat, & breath Italian motorcycles.

I'm sending you the photos of one of my bikes.  It is the only one in America.  Our EPA has stopped allowing the importation of the bike.  If you really want to have your heart broken, U.S. Customs seized the next 2 bikes after mine and they are going to crush them.  First they crush our retirements and now they are going after our motorcycles.  It makes me mad just thinking about it.  Each bike is unique, and this one is mine.

It is a 2009 Vyrus 984 with a 1200cc NCR race engine.  It is the identical engine they use in the new NCR "Mike Hailwood".  Needless to say, it has the light weight crank, big-bore race pistons, oversize titanium valves, ect ect.  The engine was actually assembled by the head of Ducati Corse Moto GP engine development.  The brake rotors are Carbon Fiber as is all of the bodywork.  We were shooting for 135kw and 135hp.  It always sounds like I have a dead battery.  With 14.5 compression it really cranks slow.  I have to run leaded 110 octane race gas. 

The bike draws all kinds of spectators.  Most are respectful and appreciate the bike for the master piece it is.  A few will make stupid comments about the cost or "what direction is it going".  These people have their ignorance on full display for all to see. 

You have to order the bike at the factory if you want one.  I loved every minute of the process.  I imagined it was being built in some small factory up in the hills of Italy and it is.  It's just outside of Rimini on the boarder with San Marino.  The president (Ascanio) took me on a test ride when I first went to see it.  We took off through the streets of San Marino at a speeds I wouldn't dare ride on the roads I ride all the time in Northern California.  It was amazing how well the bike handled.  We stopped at a small restaurant in the hills that Ascanio meets once a month with Tamberini, Ago, Rossi, and others that are the giants of the Italian motorcycle scene.  I can only imagine those meetings.  It looks like it should be in the Godfather movie.  These guys are all involved with the bike for the love of the sport.  They all have contracts with other companies and if it was America, the lawyers would never get done suing everyone.  Rossi and Ago live just a few miles from the factory.  They both ride the bike from time to time.  Can you imagine being out for a Sunday ride and the two of them blowing past you with their knees dragging?  It really happens.  All these people believe the design is the future of motorcycles.  It's their passion to offer their input into building the bike.  Vyrus can never advertise this, they just have to rely on word of mouth.  After the bike was done, you go over and spend a week riding the back roads of Italy and I meet a guy that told me he has seen them both out riding just like they are one of the guys.  I put down a $70000 deposit and the deal was done on a handshake.  I didn't get any receipt for the deposit.  If you can't handle doing business that way, then you need to visit your local Honda dealer.  They take it as an insult that you wouldn't trust them, and it really is.  They see it as they are building a work of art that you should be damn grateful your going to be able to even buy one.  They are serious craftsmen that I saw working 16 hours a day.  However, I must admit, I did get a little nervous when the financial world collapsed a month after I paid them.  As part of being in the Vyrus family, I can go to Europe for a GP and Vyrus will have a bike for me to ride.  A year later and after hundreds of emails, she was done.  I had it painted the same as a special version blue MV Agusta that was given to all the members of the World Champion Italian soccer team.  MV didn't make the bike available to the public.  Because Rimini is such a tight nit community, the guy that paints the MV special versions, painted mine.  The colors are the ones used by the soccer team.  I also had them paint a helmet to match the bike when it was first ordered.  I just now got the helmet after a year and a half.  If you have to explain why we love the Italian motorcycles that are on your website, then you'll never understand.  On a rainy winter day, it's a joy to just go out into the garage and give her one more coat of wax.  I must admit, it's pretty cool to ride up to a Moto GP and know I'll have the most jaw dropping bike there.  Every nut and bolt is titanium.  And not the titanium you can order on the internet.  If you've ever looked real close at a real GP bike you'll see titanium bolts that look different then the normal stuff.  The Vyrus has the same titanium bolts that GP bikes have.  I never thought that one titanium bolt could weigh so much less then another titanium bolt that is the same size.  Needless to say, an ordinary 6mm bolt cost $30.  Vyrus also has the same brake calipers that were being used on a Moto GP bike just a few years ago.  I tried to order them for another Ducati I have and was told by every Brembo distributor that they were only sold by Brembo on a case by case basis.  When they were building the bike they sent me pictures of the Machinist building the crankshaft.  I got pictures of the technician assembling my bike.  I then got to meet him when I went to Italy.  When did you ever hear of such a thing?  When I picked up the bike, the engine builder showed me the valve lifter set-up he used.  It is a special titanium set-up that looks completely different from the stock valve adjuster.  It is hand made by Ducati Corse and doesn't have a part number.  Only hard-core enthusiast that own the kinds of bikes on this website will be able to appreciate this kind of craftsmanship.  It does have one downside.  I know how much work went into making the bike and I'm always worried I'll drop it and destroy all this hard work.  The upside is, I always get the best parking spot on Ducati Island no matter if I have a parking pass or not, and you know how much that is that worth!

Tom Stephens

Sacramento CA

 

Paul Miles fantastic Magni MV.

 Forwarded to us by    www.teambenzina.co.uk

 

Paul sent us this

I am putting together, part darmah, part 860gt. Tank and seat are from a mould I have, 92mm ncr cylinders, flowed heads, intake ports filled with weld and raised. straight cut priamry, 2 into 1 ncr pipe. I should have it running next week!(just need to make throttle cables)

Peter Matthew Calles

After two long years the restoration of my 1964 MV Agusta 125 GTL  (Gran Turismo Lusso) is completed. It starts and idles nicely. For not the snow i would of taken it out today. The main reason why the MV looks so good because I'm very lucky to have a great team helping me. I want to thank Bill Diets, Dr. Sean Dwyer, Mark Bailey, Steve Silverman, John Henry, and Reno Leoni. I couldn't of done it without you guys. Now I'm in the middle of restoring a 1957 MV 175 and again i have my team on board. Here are a few picture of the MV.

                                                                                                                                                                         

Guy Burtons absolutely beautiful 888SP5

I thought i'd update you with information found out about my Sp5 I restored three years ago.

She's still going well, rain or shine, just takes longer to clean after the wet rides! but I always thought for a 888 she was quick, even Jonny Baines for Baines Racing at Silverstone thought she was a flyer, so this winter we just had to find out what she really was.

If you can remember I bought it blind from Austria without even sitting on the bike let alone if the engine/transmission was any good, since then we found out it was bought new from Ducati in Bologna by a German gentleman who raced it and after that I'm still searching, maybe someone here might recognise the bike. Anyway, we opened up the engine and to my glee found out she has the Corse 926cc engine and not the corse 888cc with forge race pistons, drill steel pankl rods, 36/31 valves g race cams so putting out a similar output of a 94' Corse race bike, so one happy bunny, all this with the race exhaust system, clutch etc she a bit special.

I also went over and met Mr Flappa and Dr Corse themselves, great guys!


 

Gerald Peter Luscher's fantastic NCR TT1

 

Hi John

 I'm sending a picture of me when i was racing a Ducati TT2 for "team Leoni" (Reno Leoni) The picture was taken at Daytona back in 1988 when i took a third place in the supertwins race.

 

                                                   Grazie,  Peter Calles, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Gil from France, sent us these shots of his lovely late MHR which he’s just finished restoring.

Hi John

The Darmah, built in 10/77, was my return to motorbikes after a too- long hiatus, all insprired by the very first Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang Cafe Racer Run.  It has been tweaked here & there, but is essentially stock and
unrestored. The Bimota db-2 is one of 36 tricolores made, and my second one (I totalled the first, which now lives under a salvage title).  I bought it to take some of the load off of the Darmah, but I still prefer the older bike.  I think
I'm getting too old for the Bimota's riding position, though. The MV 350B came to me from the Isle of Man, bought from a friend who'd found it in a back room in Italy.  He needed a new race bike, and the MV was sold to finance the purchase.  An Italian bike from the Isle of Man with a Dutch title ...

Best, Gene Rankin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

Hello there from sweeden!

At the moment it is -17 degees C here in Sweden. Not so nice to ride motorcycles but spring will come! Any way, here is some pictures of my 3 Cagivas. The big one is a Elefant Marathon which has participated in the Paris-Dakar rallye. The other one is a 900 Elefant on which I have enlarged the engine with 985-kit from VeeTwo in Australia. It also has Keihin flatslides and some other trick-parts. The small one is a 650 which at the moment runs on 17" motard-wheels. I also have one Husqvarna SM610 and the work is slowly progressing on a Ducati 750 f1-replica with 900-engine. Italian bikes are fun! I enjoy your site, keep up the good work!!

Regards

Torbjörn, Sweden

 

Real class from Mike Cecchini, USA

 

Hello John,
Here's a few pics of my 1973 Ducati Sport Desmo Special.  Full 750SS engine conversion by Guy Martin, Montreal Canada. V2 dry clutch.  National Class Winner Ducati Concorso 2007 USA. Here's me and my 1985 MHR at the Daytona Mike Hailwood 25 yr. celebration of his TT win in 2003. Finally a pic of me and my MV Agusta America "Bold 912" at the track. Thanks for a great site !!!


 

Garry Kemp sent us these pictures of his SB8

Hi John

Only recently discovered your website - sorry! Have spent many an hour perusing it since:- as a former Jota / Darmah / Benelli Sei / Le Mans MK1 owner I'm mightily impressed by the quality and diversity of the bikes that you sell. We are hoping to pay you a visit when the weather improves to see some of the exotica "in the flesh"! I have attached some pics of my Bimota SB8R which you might want to post in your gallery. I purchased it last year - built in 1999, registered in 2002 (on an age-related plate) but only 625 miles on the speedo! Other than the window clutch cover, it is as standard as the day it left the factory, having been in a private collection from 1999 until 2007.

 

Neil Overtons  living room bound, restoration awaiting, 350 SCR enjoying the festive season

 

Andy Smiths next restoration project, I’ve no idea why anyone would write that on the tank though?

Hi my name is Gunter from Belgium

  

These are some pictures of my classics. A real 916 sps from 1998.
A 900 Super Sport from 1981. (not restored).
A Mike Hailwood from 1982. (not restored).
A Moto Guzzi Le Mans I from 1978. (not restored).
 All in perfect condition.

 Ciao é Grazie, Gunter

Mike Bullock

Hi John,

          photo's of my 1965 Ducati 250 narrow case street scrambler, un-restored as yet, riding this daily.

 

Isadora Barefield

 with her dad Andy's  fantastic GT750, supplied by us and probably the best we’ve ever seen

 

 

Gavin Spencers excellent restoration of one of the first Laverda 3C's
Imported by us many years ago in not such good condition!

Peter Calles from Maryland USA

Peter must surely have some of the best taste in interior design and decoration in the world, this is his living room. Oh and he has a boat powered by Ducati too.

Tom Arnone sent us this lovely Darmah

Darmah cafe racer. Since the picture I made and installed clip ons and built new headlight ears that moved the shell out about an inch. I built the saddle out of glass and carbon fiber over a wooden buck. Bike is in Kalispell ,Montana.  Nice long winters to work on bikes.  
 

Kjell Eriksson, from  Uppsala, Sweden

 

Pics of my 1977 860 GTS with a so-called Russia-box. The high windscreen is the work of the P.O. The bike is original and un-restored except for the Öhlins rear shocks and the repainted side covers. I have new (NOS) side covers if needed, and the original shocks (ouch) too. Someday I hope it will run on the front cylinder too...

 

This picture shows a 1976 860 GTS I bought new. The picture is taken sometime during the summer of 1976.

 

 

Thanks to Keron for these

Hi John, Thanks for the Laverda 3C, I am sure I will have some fun on it next year. Attached are some pics ok my 900ss for your visitors gallery, and also some of my friend  John's who's I inherited earlier this year, and below some txt if you wish to put that there as well. My 900ss I bought in 1984, and rode on and off for until 1997, it then sat in my garage until late 2006. During 2007 I restored it. about a month after I bought my 900ss in 1994, my best friend also bought one, he rode his for around 4 years, then put it in his garage. It then moved to his house around 1994, where it sat in a barn in his garden for the next 15 years, I tried to buy it from him a few times, but he refused to sell it to me. Early in 2009, he sadly passed away, and his family gave me his 900ss, from the pics you can see there is a lot of work to restore it, but I will start soon and make it my long term project. ....Keron

 

Here are a few pictures from Rene Waters in Canada. Rene runs an excellent web site ,

 http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/default.html

Well worth a look !

Latest up date from Rene and sue in Canada 18/06/10

A couple of pictures of Sue's bike now it's finished

 

Rene says......Here's a couple of pictures of a Moto Guzzi that I helped a friend  restore. Its an early (1972) V7 Sport with the big drum brake and gear  driven cam. Its not a talio rosso, but sure looks nice in that paint  scheme. When he purchased it the bike was in every single component  part, and had been apart for the previous 10 years. It took a couple of months with the parts manual just to identify everything he had. Since completing it in 2007 he's put about 11,000 miles on it, mostly with Sue and myself.


 

Here's a couple of shots of Sue on her bike (1978 GTS custom) on the way to, and at, the Motorcycle Speed Trials, Bonneville Salt Flats, this year. Her best speed was not as high as she had hoped due to the bike being jetted for home (2,500 feet lower and 20 degrees cooler)  and her wanting to ride it there and back, but a jolly good time was
 had by all.



 

And I thought you might like to see the latest mods to my 1978 GTS. Not much of the GTS left anymore. There's quite a lot of modern Ducati bits incorporated. Maiden voyage was from here in Western Canada to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah a 3,200 kilometre round trip ! Fantastic.

 

Andrew Nahum's 750SS

    

 So autumn came and I felt I hadn't done any real miles this year and  decided to head for from Berkshire to Scotland via Fenland and miss the A1 by travelling on the back roads to the east in Lincolnshire as far as possible, then over the Humber Bridge. It was a slight shock to  realise that once I'd crossed the Humber I still had 220 miles to  reach my next stop with old mates on the Scottish border and I was  already feeling creaky by then!  Andrew

  Photos:  On the new Bedford River , Fenland. Dutch engineers built this in the
 17th century! and at the Humber Bridge 'viewing facility'. These guys are not impressed.

Pierre-Etiennes lovely spondon bevel, now near completion after he bought the rolling chassis from us last year.

Fantastic to see Wolfram Hage still using his SS for summer trips as this lovely shot taken in Northern Italy this summer shows, he's now clocked up 103000 Kms, keep it up Wolfram

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Here it is a few years ago when we first met it on these pages.


Dear John ......and because I'd been a good boy and gone to bed early, Father Christmas was true to his word and dropped of some MVs; a Magni, a Monza and two 750 Sports - one was the only black one ever made by the factory. What fun we had playing with them!' 

Just a snap of some bikes that we gathered on my friend Dorian's drive on a rare sunny day. Bliss........

 Best wishes. Andy

Hi John
Your excellent website is short of some Gileras. Herewith our 1947 Saturno for your interest. We need a larger front wheel and bumpad otherwise she is in fine fettle  Regards David Worthington.

 

Hi John, thought you might like to add a couple of bikes to your visitors section (proper V  twins not that Ducati rubbish). The red Mk1 is before and after Andy (my husband/mechanic) restored it. The other pic should speek for itself and is the next project. Janine Smith

Vít Kramář from the Czech republic sent us these shots of his excellent 748R and 900FE

 

Neil Beesons 900SD nearing completion, possibly the best Darmah in the world?

 

Andy Morans absolutely mint belt 900SS, it may be for sale soon, if anyone's interested contact me.

Steve Gordon sent us these...

I've been trawling through some if my old stuff and found some photos of old trips, in particular a blast to the Med on my 996. An absolute treat, not a care in the World apart from worrying that the open pipes might cause an avalanche in the Alps!

    

Hello John !

I have had this bike about six year and all the time I have build it in my own way as a "cafe racer " look.
 Specs: Imola cams, Hi pistons, ported heads, 40 mm
Dellortos, Imola tank, 2-1 exhaust, Lucas clip and footrests, Special "endurance fairing and so on.

I live in Finland and visit many kind of biker meetings in Finland.
Yours Juha


Update 21/7/09 with new seat

 

Nigel Trants

MHR. Owned since ‘1984 The bike has done 61 thousand kilometres in its lifetime and has suffered 1 big end failure when I used multigrade oil back in 1987!

The Corsa Vdue I bought back in 2005 and have done 3 TT s, 2 Manx GPs and a few track days after I got it SVA’d and registered. It’s a carb model and runs smooth as you like. It only breaks the bank with the fuel consumption.

The other picci is a YB11 I bought this year – reliability with style!!.

 

 

Jeffrey from Brisbane Queensland sent us these pictures of his Pantah

      

 

This is my 1982 600SL Ducati Pantah that I rescued from Sydney Australia about 5 years ago in a state of dis-repair and neglect not to mention a lot of odd parts from many different bike models. After searching Australia and Italy as well as the USA I tracked down the hard to find parts. It is now back to a suitable condition for me to show this although there are still a few things that need attention, which I will eventually get to.

 

Dick Sayner from France owns this lovely TT2, regularly used in anger too, well done Dick.

 

   
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The not so magnificent Seven ride again,

Seven  fools and seven bevels hit the south of France for 4 days of fantastic riding and Mayhem.

This really is one of the best riding areas in Europe, many magazines go there to test there bikes as well as some of the factories, if you fancy it Martin at Maison St George is a fantastic host with loads of local knowledge, try it.

 http://www.st-georges-fr.com/Links.htm

 

Diego Montefusco from Sardinia





sent us these pictures of his two un-restored beauties a 1960 100 Sport and a 1954 98 sport, as he says fantastic Patina.


 

Scott from Scotland's beautiful pair!

  

 

Dr. Jens Doose sent us this

Hi John, this is my Harris Imola 900. It was sold by Steve Wynne in 1985 to Danmark and came to Germany in 2000. I bought it last year from Rolf Hadeler in Hamburg and changed the engine, complete electric, forks, wheels and  dashboard........ Now its running like hell!!
 
 

Neil Beeson's ongoing Darmah restoration, as you can see attention to detail is second to none, this really will be a stunner

Update 15/05/09

   

Update on Neil's restoration 23/04/08

 

Neil Beesons superb Darmah restoration.

 

Neil Beesons shows how he fixed his Darmah, SL, MHR warning lights

 Hi John, here are the picture of the dash lights.
 The bulb holders are from old mercedes door mirror side repeater flashers. If you remove the old bulb & wiring connectors then drill a hole in the  light base the new bulb holder can be fitted.  now you can just replace the bulb when blown not the whole light unit.

 

This is from Jean Marie in France.
 After his  "1975 fantastic un-restored 900 SS" below, here is another one ! This is the first 1976 model ever, frame Number  086010 ...

     

This bike is more than interesting , regarding to its numbers and registration date... I have had these last 2 days some interesting talks with Ian Fallon. He confirmed that this one is a Ducati assembled before June 76,  A thing that he wrote was non existing in his bible... Before this, he thought that only one 860 SS prototype was built for European homologation in July 1976 ... 086010 is a master piece in the SS Ducati story !

 

Uwe Mengels stunning Harris SS, sold to him by us 5 years ago and now restored to all it's former glory.
Well done Uwe.


 

I look every time for the weight of the parts. All screws I used are titan or 7075 alloy, The mudguards and other parts are out of CFK, the complete exhaust system also is handmade out of titan and have a weight  of 3,1 Kg The complete bike with ALL fluids and with a full tank :157 Kg.  Many parts in the engine are modified for lighter and more horsepower.

Gary Shepherds lovely Harris TT2.

Wolfbosse from Germany sent us this interesting special.

   

Still very much work in progress, but basically - yes it will look like this. The seat referrers to some old photographs I found showing Ducati  engineers in the early 70's that took naked race machines for short  test rides right out of the garage. Instead of reassembling all bits each time, they had this kind of simple clip-on seat. The drum brake for a bevel was used only in one presentation by Ducati in  late 1971, rather sharp, grabby and even though I would not mind a modern 320mm Brembo setup I decided to keep it this way. lots of bodywork, de-weight and extras done - lots of finishing still to  come. Up and running like pure thunder.
 

Noel Rowlette from Ireland

   

This is his Baines Imola done in the style of Old Blue,
which looks simply stunning, well done Noel.
 

Gilbert Magueur

This is Gilbert's 900SS which we sold to him last year, now converted to wire wheels seen here on a ride out with three friends in Brittany.

Tim Cox from Australia's  excellent Moto Guzzi S3

 

 
Jörg Laibacher sent us these

One is a replica of the legendary Ducati 750 F1 Number  " 618" ridden by marco Lucchinelli in Daytona 1986.
The other is a Bimota DB 1 with 850 ccm pantah engine and 3 spoke wheels.

 

Simon Brinklow from Chesham in bucks sent these pictures of his recently restored MV 750 America

Steve Robins sent us these two !

  

 

The Guzzi is a MK11 Le-Mans of 1980 vintage, in the guise of a MK1.  It's covered 800mls since its full restoration. 

The Agusta is a 750 four of 1972 vintage.  It purports to be one of the mythical half-dozen-or-so tuned 750(SS) models - and is recognised as such by the MV Agusta Owners' Club - but its exact state of tune is unknown to me since I've not had its engine apart.  I do know it wears 27mm SS1 Dell Ortos, and it was raced by a chap named Martin Schmidt in some German race series in the early seventies.  When I bought it, it was wearing a longer 'works' alloy tank and single seat unit, but these made it uncomfortable to ride on the road.  Thus, the 'Sport' tank and seat you see here have been retro-fitted.  It's in stunning condition, but it's no 'Garage Queen'.  I use it regularly on the local moorland roads - much to the disdain of the local sheep!

 

Rons fantastic 900 Monster

 

1978 NCR works endurance  racer restored in Italy to an excellent standard by Roberto Piccirillo, Franco Lenci, Michele Perugini and Andrea Brunotti

 

 

 

The following four studio shots are by  Carlos de la Fuente

 

 

John Leonard's lovely Laverda bought from a friend close to Breganze, and some

pictures of last years Laverda rally in Breganze.

 

Mark Cliff from Cheshire sent us this

   

Just finished restoring this 1975 Cali. Owned one back in the early 80’s (photo 1) and regretted selling it ever since (when son number one was born we needed a car) Always dreamed of owning another and heard about this basket case (photo 2) going for a song Twelve months later the restoration was complete (photo 3) and I took it for the maiden flight in mid January 09 and after a few niggles, we’re both getting along very nicely. Many more miles and smiles to look forward to.