Duane's 750GT

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Hello Steve,
 
I am the original owner, having bought the motorcycle from the Bryant Brothers Dealership on Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento, CA. I bought her in 1975. It also marks the first time I met Karl Engellenner who was employed by the dealership at the time.
 
The GT has been slightly modified over the years. You really couldn't own a factory stock Ducati without doing some upgrades, if you planned to enjoy owning and riding one. I have 95% of the original parts that I have replaced. I have no plans to ever reinstall any of them. I'll leave the concourse motorcycles to people that have them on display, I rather ride mine.
 
Here is a list of some of the changes I have made to the bike. One thing that has not been redone is the paint. It is original.
 
1) Conti pipes.
2) Tommaselli dual cable throttle.
3) Kawasaki handle bar switch.
4) Honda 400 Super Sport handle bars.
5) Dyna Ignition.
6) Fuse box from a Datsun 510, salvaged from a junk yard in South Shore, Lake Tahoe where I was living at the time. The factory fuse box is a piece of junk.
7) Sport pistons.
8) Larger intake valves.
9) Norris valve springs and retainers.
10) The seat cover was redone by Highlands Upholstery in North Highlands, CA.
11) Hydraulic clutch and new clutch plates. I bought the hydraulic unit designed and manufactured by Motorcycle Machining Specialties. It is a sweet set up.
 
The bike is using some oil, and will need a rebuild in the future. I haven't decided if I will rebuild it as a 750 or punch it out to a 860. I've heard that they don't run as smooth after they are bored out. Do you have any thoughts about this. One more modification that I will do in the future is to change to an updated alternator with higher output.
 
Please add my GT to your gallery. You have a great web site. Keep up the good work.
 
Best regards,  Duane Ernst     dernst56@yahoo.com

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