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1975 Ducati 860 GT  ~  Sold  ~
posted 4/05/2017 ~ sold 5/31/2017
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1975 Ducati 860 GT - SOLD

70's survivor. This GT was purchased as NOS overstock, by the myself, in the Spring of 1977 from GT Motors, Lansing, Michigan. The power train, suspension and cosmetic modifications were made in the first few years I owned this bike. Primary use of this Ducati were speed touring (Canada) and long distance work commuting (50 miles one way) in northern lower Michigan. Based on the purchase of 8 rear tires, I would guesstimate the mileage at 40,000 miles.

Engine modifications include but not limited to: 

  • Wiseco 87mm, 10:1 forged pistons

  • Norris #421 grind (118 degrees of overlap) hard chromed reground stock cams, including Titanium caps on newer valve springs, using original valves

  • Mild intake and exhaust porting with custom rear intake manifold 

  • Cylinder head spark plug holes machined and welded 

  • Lucas Rita ignition

  • Right side shift (1 up 4 down)

  • K&N air filters

  • BUB/Conti replicas mufflers

  • Cases never split 

Frame and running gear modifications include: 

  • Yamaha (early) TZ 250 1/4 turn throttle 

  • 750 GT rear brake leaver

  • Near stock frame using 1" over stock Fox shocks on 70 lbs springs

  • Original front forks using a single oil seal with gaiters 

  • BMW 90S flat bars with Magera dog-leg leavers

  • Late 70's Japanese electronic switch gear 

  • Ducati 750 tail light

  • Ducati 750 Sport Borrani rims with stainless steel spokes

  • Additional Guzzi 850 Brembo front brake caliper using custom stainless steel hoses

  • Ducati single folding rear foot pegs 

  • Reworked 73' Ducati 750 GT glass tank with gas gauge. 

  • Late 70's after market Ducati SS front and rear glass fenders, sporting modified side covers 

  • Stock headlight on "original chrome" Ducati 750 GT hardware

  • Custom tuck & roll seat cover

  • 70's RACK Factory alloy touring rack

  • Minimalist approach to the electrons and instrumentation

My thinking at the time of buying the 860, was to modify the base cycle to incorporate the positive aspects of the older 750 GT's, combined with the additional mid-range offered by the extra displacement of an 860. This 860 GT is well sorted, with a high torque mid-range and an exhaust note that is sharp. 

  • This bike is no trailer queen. The paint job is over 35 years old and has been ridden in all kinds of weather.

  • Very compliant suspension, sit-up and beg riding position. You can still balance a nickel on the engine at idle. As bevel twins go, this example has to be one of the more comfortable, non-fairing, Ducati's. This bike demonstrates, its not necessary to fold yourself up like a jack knife to ride long and fast.

  • Minimal over revving with lots of oil changes

  • The bike is located in Mid-Michigan

NOTE:  The goal is to divest of all of my Ducati V-twin inventory. The buyer of this cycle will get any spare parts and manuals associated with this bike.

Clear Michigan title

TERMS: Cash, bank transfer or we can go to your bank and your bank can exchange a cashiers check.

Asking $6,000.00 USD or nearest offer   SOLD


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