1959 Ducati 125 Sport
Frame no. 202528
Engine no. 202528
"Ducati's new range followed the company plan for a whole generation of similar overhead-cam singles stemming from the successful Gran Sport racer" created at 98cc by one Ingegnere Fabio Taglioni in 1955. "Working broadly with the proven Gran Sport design, the intention was to come up with brand new 100, 125 and 175cc power units. However, to achieve the level of worldwide sales that would make such an exercise profitable, Ducati had to become known outside its native land. Racing was and is a quick way to fame" and so Ducati launched an intensive racing program. That they were successful on the track is without question but perhaps the greater result was in the engineering knowledge that they were able to bank along the way.
Their single overhead cam, bevel drive single was a jewel which when first drawn up was a highly advanced design. This exquisite design concept was produced by Ducati for 18 years in Italy, and even longer under license in Spain. 125cc came from a 55.2mm bore and 52mm stroke that with an 8:1 compression topped 10hp at 8500rpm, which with a slick 4-speed and dry weight of 220lb, enabled the 125 Sport to reach a quoted 70mph (and 102 mpg!), an unheard of speed for a 125 in the 1950s. Small but beautiful and unquestionably a true sport bike.
The model was marketed in America as Super Sport (with Sport decals). This bike, which the seller purchased from a collection in 2008, appears to be an Italian market version, and is virtually unused. "It has not been ridden in a long time" the seller says. Its tires appear to be the originals, certainly the paint is, and as the whole bike is clearly not restored, it is very safe to say that this delightful, miniature sport bike is as it might have left the factory in Panigale, Bologna. This very bike is featured in the Standard Catalog of Ducati Motorcycles by Ian Falloon (2004), KP Books.