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Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Tried & Tested -

The Pan­tah might lack some of the glam­our and charisma of Du­cati’s bevel-drive V-twins, but the good news is that it also comes with­out most of the ex­pense and ag­gra­va­tion. “They’re gen­er­ally re­li­able and there are very few is­sues with them; not like the bevels,” says John Fal­lon of Made in Italy.

“The en­gine is ba­si­cally the one that went on to power all those thou­sands of Mon­sters, and it’s very re­li­able. The 500s had a few gear­box and clutch is­sues but those should be sorted by now. The valveg­ear is desmo of course, but they’re not par­tic­u­larly hard to work on, and the belt drive isn’t a prob­lem. Peo­ple say you should change the belts ev­ery two years but you can get away with longer, and it’s not an ex­pen­sive job.

Spares avail­abil­ity is pretty good, too. “You’ll strug­gle to find fuel tanks, and body­work is exclusive to the Pan­tah,” says John. “But most en­gine parts and things like brakes are shared with other mod­els, so keep­ing them on the road shouldn’t be a prob­lem.”

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