c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429

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Lot 120
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah
Frame no. DM600SL 701429

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,800
To be sold without reserve
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah
Frame no. DM600SL 701429
Fabio Taglioni, one of the most iconic people in Ducati history, started out as the Technical Director of the Ducati racing department, quickly made a name – and a reputation – for himself. Known to be rather hard to work with, he was nonetheless a very passionate designer, devoted to his work and creations. Shortly, after about six months, he built Ducati first real racing bike, the 100cc Gran Sport Marianna. But if there is a year where he changed the face of Motorcycle History, that year shall be 1957, where he built Ducati's first motor with Desmodromic heads. That was a serious game-changer and brought Taglioni a tremendous success in his works on Ducati racing.

Launched at the Milan Show in December 1979, the Fabio Taglioni designed Pantah was a new landmark in the Italian marque's remarkable history. Its 74mm bore x 58mm stroke 500cc 90 degree V-twin engine drove the desmodromic overhead camshafts by toothed belt and was mounted in a steel trellis frame, setting a specification that grew initially to spawn the 600cc TT2 and 750cc T1 racers. The first version of this new engine offered a claimed 50bhp at 8,500rpm to give a top speed of 115mph, but the model did not prove to be a great seller. Therefore, the 600cc evolution of it was gifted a better fairing and hydraulic clutch alongside other slight improvements, which helped the 600SL get a better top speed than his predecessor at around 124mph.

The bike has been kept in a climate controlled environment ever since it was in the vendor's possession and always maintained to a riding-ready condition.

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c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
c.1985 Ducati 600 SL Pantah Frame no. DM600SL 701429
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