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Old 05-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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I can't tell if this is cool or not..
This is kinda cool, in a "fugly but still a Ducati" kinda way. Thoughts?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/mcy/3023172061.html


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1987 DUCATI Paso 750 with Only 14k Miles - $2400 (Downtown Bellevue)

Date: 2012-05-18, 9:19AM PDT
Reply to: k9brn-3023172061@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

1987 DUCATI Paso 750 - Only 14k Miles

Collector? The Paso 750 was the first of the Cagiva designed Ducatis -- and now officially a classic as this Paso 750 is now 25 years old! Only 4,863 Paso 750s were sold worldwide.

Asking $2,400 OBO. Located in Bellevue, WA

I purchased this beauty in January 2006 with only 11,000 some miles on the ODO and have put on less than 4,000 miles these past 6 years! The ODO currently reads 14,764 miles and the bike sits on a Battery Tender Plus at all times and the oil was changed annually. It is a strong runner and will fire up for you when you come to check it out, but you should probably change the oil after purchase. See video at: http://youtu.be/uJT3lWv1BQk or http://facebook.com/MotoGearDeals.

The fellow I purchased it from was the original purchaser and I have the original paperwork from when he purchased it from Dave Richardson (Moto International and Renowned Guru of all things Moto Guzzi / Italian) as well as the original owners manual. The previous owner actually has a role in the Paso's history as he was the gentleman who designed the aesthetically superior black and red seat which adorned subsequent production models. I have the original all red seat as a memento (and a framed picture) as well as the red Ducati bike cover, and original rear brake signal housing, which I will pass on to you.

It is a 25 year old motorcycle, so everything isn't perfect, but it is in great overall condition. The issues I'm aware of are few: first, neutral can be tough to find sometimes and this can be a bit aggravating when having to hold the clutch in at lights and such; second, the left integral turn signal and mirror need to be replaced. I just never got around to it. The signal lens cracked and I taped it back together and now the entire housing will not stay attached to the mounting posts for some strange reason; third, due to my lack of riding this year, the cold and dry temperatures took their toll on both tires and they need to be replaced; fourth, there is a slight wearing of the red paint on one side fairing that flares out; and finally there is a minor ding / indent on the tank that nobody ever notices, but me.

History
The Ducati Paso was introduced in 1986 with the slogan "Il nostro passato ha un grande futuro" (Our past has a great future). The name was in honor of racer Renzo Pasolini, nicknamed "Paso", who died on the Monza race track during the 1973 Grand Prix of Italy.

Background
Cagiva (CAstiglioni GIovanni VArese), founded by the Castiglioni brothers, needed an engine - while Ducati, who had just been released bankruptcy, needed revenue.

At the time Cagiva took over Ducati, the classic bevel drive V-twin, which was old and expensive to produce, had been replaced by the belt-drive Pantah, designed by Fabio Taglioni. The Pantah was already known to be a strong and capable engine that delivered in the Ducati 750 F1.

The Pantah engine has been constantly developed up to the present day and remains the only production motorcycle equipped with desmodromic valves. Around it they wanted a Ducati motorcycle unlike any other that showed the world both Ducati's present capabilities as well as a glimpse into Ducati's future.

Design Challenge
The challenge consisted of constructing a bike with innovative technical characteristics and image to fight intense Japanese competition. To undertake the ambitious objective Ducati hired Massimo Tamburini, co-founder of Bimota. Tamburini would go on to design the Ducati 916, MV Agusta F4 series (included in the Guggenheim Museum's The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition of 1988-1999), and the MV Agusta Brutale series.

Tamburini streamlined the bike and its 750cc motor in a close-fitting and revolutionary integral fairing that hid all mechanical parts -- truly ahead of its time. The bike was equipped with latest-generation technical features: square frame tubes made in chromoly steel, rear aluminium swingarm with progressive suspension, 16-inch wheels with radial tires, air-and-oil cooled engine, electronic ignition and a comprehensive dashboard.

The finished design was christened the Paso 750, and debuted at the 1985 Milan Motorcycle Show. This new machine redefined sports touring motorcycling with its radical design and performance.

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 748.00 ccm (45.64 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2, four-stroke
Power: 73.00 HP (53.3 kW)) @ 7900 RPM

Top speed: 201.0 km/h (124.9 mph)
Compression: 10.0:1
Bore x stroke: 88.0 x 61.5 mm (3.5 x 2.4 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: Desmodromic valve control
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive: Chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front tyre dimensions: 130/60-16
Rear tyre dimensions: 160/60-16
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 222.0 kg (489.4 pounds)

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Old 05-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #3
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Simple, if you didn't see the T595 you were mesmerised by the fugliness. If you did see it you already know the duc is fugly and are just posting because you are bored

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Old 05-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #4
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I Ride: i ride bitchrider : a 2000 triumph sprint st a 99 triumph tiger and " das car"
lolz andy

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #5
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Looks very similar to the Bimoto DB1SR. Same design heritage !!!



'Fugly' is in the eye of the beer-holder !!! Ya, I'd rock it.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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Looks like Ducati's take on the Honda Hurricane.


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Old 05-20-2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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I like it's looks, but not the 16" wheels or Weber automotive carburator.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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If you can answer the next question YES, then it is cool.


Is it a motorcycle?

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
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I Ride: i ride bitchrider : a 2000 triumph sprint st a 99 triumph tiger and " das car"
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:51 PM   #10
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It is with a cool owner....,otherwise...,its a Ducati thing and I dont understand.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #11
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Classic bike of an era that fought with itself on what was cool, would be a great sunday ride bike.....

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Old 05-20-2012, 03:15 PM   #12
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That is very much ugly. I would never ride that thing. Motorcycling is all about looking coos and that doesn't have the "look"

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #13
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I wonder if there's any collector value to it...




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Old 05-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #14
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Looks like Ducati's take on the Honda Hurricane.

Kinda looks like most of the "front line" bikes of the day, the Ducati just took it one step further.

I'm sure there is SOME collector value, it is after all a Ducati. I'm sure there were some folks that always wanted one but couldn't afford it back then.

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #15
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I Ride: I just keep it in the garage and make the neighbors think I ride
I had a roommate in the middle 90's that had one. He loved it. It wasn't my favorite.

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #16
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I Ride: 2007 MV Agusta f41000rr-2004 RC 51-1988 GSXR 750-1987 GSXR 1100
I remember when the Paso came out back in the day. They never really sold, and were never raced, had a rep for being over priced and of poor quality. And 25 yrs later, most that know will agree they were and still are shit bikes.

With that said, I think it would be pretty damn cool to show up on a group ride on one of these unique, early Ducatis. They show up on ebay from time to time. A pristine model typically sells for 4-5000. Shit, I might pick one of these up soon

You see a thousand new to semi-new Gixeers, R1s, CBRs, and ninjas...

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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It will rust while you watch....
Truly a piece of shit

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:51 PM   #18
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I Ride: 2001 BLUE Ducati ST4
Agree on the FUGLY part -
But....
It IS a DUCK!!
2 cyls and LOTS-O torque - Probably a pretty fun ride in its day.
Then again - I am biased.
I love my naked Monster - covering up the frame and engine is a shame!
My $.02
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:11 PM   #19
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I Ride: from cloud to cloud.
Oh it's rare?


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Old 05-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #20
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The Pasos are ugly. But collectors see beauty in all sorts of things.

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