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When An­drew was a 17 year-old ap­pren­tice, he wanted noth­ing more than a shiny blue and sil­ver Du­cati. In fact, what he re­ally wanted was a 450 Desmo, ‘but I couldn’t find one. This wasn’t a bad se­cond choice,’ he ex­plains. ‘I just wish I’d had enough for a 750SS, but that was too ex­pen­sive for an ap­pren­tice.’

Back in 1975, his £600 bud­get wasn’t quite enough for a new 750 GT, so An­drew set­tled for a year old bevel-drive V-twin, first sup­plied by Fred­die Frith in Grimsby. In the­ory the bike should’ve been nearly new, but ‘the first owner was a fish­er­man and it spent its early days parked at the docks while he was at sea, so it was a bit tatty for its age.’

Im­me­di­ate cos­metic surgery was called for, so An­drew added the twin head­lamp Dresda fair­ing, re­built the wheels, nickel-plated the frame and trans­formed its colour scheme from sub­dued red/black to bright blue and sil­ver. A se­cond stop­per was added at the front end, and the en­gine was re­built in 1980 ‘af­ter a pis­ton started to break up.’ Since then, the Du­cati has been ex­tremely re­li­able – helped by elec­tronic ig­ni­tion which cost around £250: ‘well worth it’.

Dur­ing its life­time the GT has trav­elled at least 40,000 miles ‘but it’s been through a few speedo ca­bles’ so that’s an ap­prox­i­mate mea­sure­ment. Back in the 1970s the GT was An­drew’s daily ride, but now it’s his leisure pur­suit for plea­sure rides and track days. An­drew reck­ons the GT feels ‘quick but not fast’ on track. It ‘pulls well and makes a nice noise. And it stops much bet­ter with the se­cond disc!’

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