1971 Ducati 750 GT

With Phil Aynsley


What I photographed here is a beautifully restored 1971 Ducati 750 GT, a bike that was a real pleasure to spend time with!

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1971 Ducati 750 GT

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The 750 GT went into production in mid-1971, with the first 404 examples (this bike has frame number 61 and engine number 62), having sand-cast crankcases and many other differences compared to later bikes.

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1971 Ducati 750 GT

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The engine cases featured large circular recesses in the sump, originally designed for the footpeg mounts. In addition the clutch cover was without a separate inspection cover; the tank was uniquely shaped, as was the seat; the valve covers were polished; the foot-pegs were positioned further forward than on the later bikes; both the Grand Turismo handgrips and this shape choke lever were only found on these early bikes.

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

1971 Ducati 750 GT

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

The rear drum brake was a twin leading shoe type as opposed to the single leading shoe fitted to all later production (up to around frame number 80, the same with the one piece clutch cover).

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

1971 Ducati 750 GT

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The owner of the bike chose to paint the frame silver grey as seen in the factory brochures and possibly on some very early production bikes, but no one has ever actually seen one as far as anyone can now tell.

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

1971 Ducati 750 GT Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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1971 Ducati 750 GT Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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1971 Ducati 750 GT

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The ’71 750 GT made 57 hp at 7700 rpm and had a dry weight of 185 kg.  Top speed was 200 km/h. It was the first of a very long run of Ducati V-twins that of course continues to this very day! And it is gorgeous!

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1971 Ducati 750 GT Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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1971 Ducati 750 GT Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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1971 Ducati 750 GT Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

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1971 Ducati 750 GT

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Ducati GT PA DucatiGT

Source: MCNews.com.au

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