Ju­nior racer

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Hav­ing read the story in the last is­sue of OBA 74 about the restora­tion of a Du­cati Monza Ju­nior, I thought you might be in­ter­ested on my take on the same ma­chine. When I bought my 1965 Se­ries 2 in 2007, it had been (legally) con­verted to a mono­posto (sin­gle seat) and be­sides be­ing painted yel­low, it was a mish­mash of cor­rect Monza Ju­nior com­po­nents, some from the “round look” Se­ries 1, some from Se­ries 2, Ja­panese front end and 18” Ja­panese rims, Ace bars and a dodgy Kei­hin carby. The sav­ing grace was that the en­gine had been pro­fes­sion­ally re­built and electrics re­done. It also came with all the orig­i­nal and cor­rect com­po­nents, so I con­tem­plated re­turn­ing it to the stock form as per the one fea­tured in OBA. How­ever, in­spired by the mono­posto seat con­ver­sion and urg­ing by my Ital­ian friends, I opted to go all-out for a sort of “flat tracker/boy racer/spe­ciale” ver­sion. What fol­lowed was a com­plete re­paint in pe­riod-cor­rect colour scheme (with a bit of sex­ing up of the red), new Dell ‘Orto carby, replica Silen- tium muf­fler, re­build and re­fit of orig­i­nal front end, NOS Bor­rani 18” rims with stain­less spokes laced to orig­i­nal hubs, fold­ing rear sets fit­ted to pil­lion peg points, flat tracker bars and har­mon­is­ing all tin-ware to the more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing “round look” of the se­ries 1 Ju­nior.

What you see is the fi­nal re­sult...just shows you what you can do with enough imag­i­na­tion, money and red wine. Now on club plates, the Ju­nior makes a great week­end-run-to-the-café ride that never fails to draw com­ment and more than a few re­quests for pho­tos. Gary Edgar Bris­bane, Qld.

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