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For You Motorcycle Guys; A 1965 Ducati Scrambler 250..my New Project.


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#1 IlovemyCub OFFLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Hey guys! Here is another summer project! A 1965 Ducati Scrambler 250 that my uncle gave to me, my dad, and my little brother. The bike has been passed around many different people. They all tried to fix it, but no one could. The  original owner used it as a road racer.  I bet me and my old man could get her to run, we downloaded a manual, so thats good. The motor is complete, its stuck but the valves and clutch all look clean, so, there is hope! :) The gas tank is completely rotted away. It also came with a ton of parts too. I'll keep you updated on it! Ian.

 

 

 

New Project, 1965 Ducati 250 Scrambler

 


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 01:35 PM

Good luck with the project.  I can't even recall when the last time I saw one.  Looks like it is in pretty rough shape, good chance you'll end up pulling the motor and splitting the case.  keep us posted on how the project goes.


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 01:39 PM

Got to ride one simular to that one back in 1967. Man was that a blast! I saw somewhere that they make aftermarket tanks for any motorcycle. Not sure if it was OCC or another place. Hope you can get it unstuck and find enough parts to get it running. Looking forward to the restore. Roger.


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 01:40 PM

That brings back  memories! Russ Adams ran a bike shop in Newton when I was in High School. He sold Ducati, BSA & Triumph. I bet He sold 10 of the Ducati for every one of the others! All my friends rode Ducati's, I was the rebel and rode a 57 Harley Hummer Hardtail.


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 01:44 PM

I think the top end has just dirt and stuff from sitting so long, might not need a new top end, but who knows! Ian. 


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 05:00 PM

Do those singles have Desmodromic valve gear like the larger street bikes? I've never seen any small Ducati bikes like that up here. 


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 05:49 PM

Do those singles have Desmodromic valve gear like the larger street bikes? I've never seen any small Ducati bikes like that up here.

I was trying to remember that myself Brian. I know it was on ducati bikes that I first heard of desmondric valve trains.
Wikipedia says the first ducati with Desmondric valve train was released and in production on 1969 Ducati.
When the gear heads gathered at the Henrys drive inn desmondric valves was quite the buzz word.
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Posted July 16, 2013 - 07:30 PM

The only thing is, I'm use to working on Honda's and such, but they say when it comes to a Ducati everything you know on a Honda or a Harley is drooped. Its sooo different. 


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 08:40 PM

Great project . Good luck

 

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Posted July 16, 2013 - 08:40 PM

Ducati has always been different and in many case a step ahead of the rest of the motorcycle industry.  They have had some very revolutionary ideas.  But I would think with the manual and Internet you and your dad will be able to figure it out.  It may take you out of your comfort zone from Hondas but you will be a much better Mechanic at the end of the restoration for doing so.  Plus I think you will have a good appreciation for the Ducati.


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 10:00 PM

The Ducati was a fairly reliable bike, being a Thumper there was not much to go wrong. But like every European bike of that era the electronics were a bit quirky. I have never checked but I bet if you Googled Ducati Owners Clubs or Cllassic Ducati I bet you could find collectors and Ducati Enthusiests that know evertything and more I have forgotten about them.
I had a 250 that I never got going, that had been a Drag Bike raced by the local AMA club. I was a member of that club, when i was riding my Ossa MAR Replica in trials competition.
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Posted July 16, 2013 - 10:07 PM

sorry about the double post Mods delete ne if you wish
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Posted July 16, 2013 - 10:49 PM

 Like JD Dannels said, the electrics on those old Ducati's was their downfall. Otherwise I recall them being a good bike and in their day there were quite a few of them around. Them and the Triumph 250 singles were very popular. 


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 05:45 AM

I traded something with a kid for a Ducati in HS , it was non running when I got and I never had it running either but I did learn that if you spray paint in your parents garage while it's raining and humied the paint takes FOREVER to dry lol , 


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 09:13 AM

sorry about the double post Mods delete ne if you wish

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