1978

DU­CATI DARMAH

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Project Hunter -

Even the rel­a­tively worka­day Darmah it­er­a­tion of the big bevel-drive cam Du­catis is a sought af­ter, high-ticket ma­chine now. This one looks like a well-loved ex­am­ple that’s some­thing of a throw­back to the times when they were largely an un­wanted, ob­so­lete Ital­ian for the ded­i­cated or de­luded en­thu­si­ast (MG had sev­eral in the 1990s and falls in the lat­ter group). Non-stan­dard, well used and fit­ted with var­i­ous up­grades, it could be a great road or clas­sic track­day tool for the clas­sic Duke fan not fussed about in­vest­ment po­ten­tial. Needs scabby ex­hausts sorted, and a wiring is­sue solved, some­what stereo­typ­i­cally.

I’m not sure where I’d know where to start with one of those. Any­one can look af­ter a later belt-cam Du­cati, but you need some­thing of an en­gi­neer’s mind to care for the bevel bikes. You can tell it’s been loved and used prop­erly, but you need to have in-depth knowl­edge for these things.

king bevels hardly worth it

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