1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842

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Lot 113
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842

Sold for US$ 5,290 inc. premium
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 858
Engine no. 461842
In the 1950s metallurgy had yet to catch up to improving engine designs, so at the 10,000rpm and above Taglioni wanted to spin his race singles, valve springs began to fail, leading to 'float' and the resulting inaccurate combustion, or worse, the valve head and piston top coming into contact, with predictable dire results. In a 'desmo' system an engine's valves were both opened and closed mechanically, no need for conventional springs, so Taglioni was free to shorten his piston's stroke and rev it into five figures without harm. On the track Dr. T's desmo was a winner first time out, but it would take another decade before desmodromics made it the street in the 1968 250s and 350s. The first 450 desmos came as both a scrambler and a street roadster.

This street 450 Desmo single with a 5-speed was built for what the English would call 'club racing.' Your writer well remembers being chased by a bike just like this one – albeit then in fine fettle – for the full length of an AHRMA road race at Mid-Ohio in the early 1990s. Your writer, no mean rider, was aboard a mighty fast 750 Italian twin! The brave 450 would scratch by in the tight turns to be blasted by the rumbling twin once past the apex. Fortunately, perhaps, it was just behind at the finish line. A 450 Desmo can, indeed, be mean.

This bike is sold 'as-is' and will need proper recommissioning before being used in anger again.

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Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is partially obstructed by the fairing mount bracket and the engine number is DM450M3 461842.
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1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
1972 Ducati 450 Desmo Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 858 Engine no. 461842
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