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Author Topic: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto  (Read 1258 times)

Offline HansS

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Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:09:15 »
Hi.
Lets start with a OOPS. What did I do.

I didn't mean to buy this one it just happend.
A couple of years a go I found an ad for this bike. But someone snatched it right in front of me. That someone happend to be a friend and my former boss.
Anyway yesterday he came and asked me if I still was interested in it.
I said yes, if the price is right.
Of course the price was and here I am with a new bike in the house.

I'm going to do a gentle restoration. I will try to save the paint since it's the original and there are no dent just some minor chips and some scuff marks in places.
Everything else is going to be torn down and restored.

 

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 08:16:27 »
Nice.  How hard are those side covers going to be to find?  I bought that tank at a Barber swap a couple years back for too much money and it turned out to be a dud.  So much braze was everywhere and it had a few pounds of Bondo. 

Offline HansS

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 10:47:09 »
Found a pair on ebay and a rear light and licence plate bracket.

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 02:55:16 »
and just as a matter of interest, an XS650 motor pretty much fits straight into one of those, it was a common conversion in australia where they sold quite a few of them, shortly followed by quite a few of them blowing their delicate little italian hearts out

you end up with good italian looks, handling and brakes with the reliability of a japanese motor
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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 03:43:45 »
XS650 and reliable in the same sentence?  Its relative, i suppose.

It's a lovely old thing.  The styling of the engine brings to mind the olde Aerial Square 4.
I was born a rocker.  I'll die a rocker.  And I'm proud of it.

Offline HansS

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 05:22:02 »
It's fun. Everybody seams to hate this Ducati. Even Ducati them selfs. ;D
Well I'm going to try to get it running and have it driving. I have read up on it and it needs a lot of servicing according to the owners manual.
And yes this engine has some issues, and yes it is the engine that made people think Ducatis where unreliable.
We will see how it goes. As a mechanical design engineer specialized in engines and engine design, it's a beautiful engine and the details are just awesome. that goes for the whole bike.

Spotty you are sent to the bench. Basta! ;)
I would never put a Japanese engine in a Ducati.
But if it's a Bimota then it's OK with a Japanese engine in the frame.

 

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 07:06:44 »
The Ducatista despise the 500 but they generally have no personal experience of the model.

Once the engine glitches are sorted it's a very capable machine.

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Offline Pete12

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 09:15:10 »
XS650 and reliable in the same sentence?  Its relative, i suppose.

It's a lovely old thing.  The styling of the engine brings to mind the olde Aerial Square 4.
That's a bit harsh Limey, XS650's didn't handle particularly well, but the motors were as reliable as anything you could find...

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 15:29:17 »
That's a bit harsh Limey, XS650's didn't handle particularly well, but the motors were as reliable as anything you could find...

Agreed xs650 motors are spot on reliable


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Offline HansS

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Re: Ducati 500 GTL 1975 Resto
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 20:01:06 »
Oops. So I took it apart.
Haven't seen anything that is really broken.
Some minor things on the frame need to be addressed. Someone has been welding some nuts on the frame for the luggage rack.
The chain guard has a crack in it. And the stand has a part broken off. So from now on it's mostly cleaning parts.
Big tumbs up.👍

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