Ducati GTS 5/77 Manufacture (engine number 854XXX)

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Ducati GTS 5/77 Manufacture (engine number 854XXX)

Post by VinceGTS900 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:37 am

Need some help. I picked up a GTS with a manufacture date of 5/77. It is plated as a 1978, but it is not a Bosch engine and has the external shift on the sprocket cover.

It is missing the triple trees, but has a pair of Ceriani forks (may not be original). Two questions:
1. Does anyone know whether this GTS came with Maz. or Ceriani forks
2. I see BevelHeaven has triples available for either type, but does anyone have a complete front end? Forks and triple clamps?

Thanks,

Vince
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Re: Ducati GTS 5/77 Manufacture (engine number 854XXX)

Post by Craig in France » Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:26 am

VinceGTS900 wrote:Two questions:
1. Does anyone know whether this GTS came with Maz. or Ceriani forks
2. ... does anyone have a complete front end?
Hi Vince

Ian Fallon dates the change over to Marzocchis as coming after frame number 853669, some time during 1979. What number is yours?

(Can't help with a front-end, I'm afraid ...)

Craig

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Re: Ducati GTS 5/77 Manufacture (engine number 854XXX)

Post by VinceGTS900 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:33 am

Thanks Craig, I read that too. Mine starts 854XXX. The early SDs of 1977 have Ceriani and some say that Ducati would put whatever they had on their bikes.
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Re: Ducati GTS 5/77 Manufacture (engine number 854XXX)

Post by Craig in France » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:04 am

VinceGTS900 wrote:Mine starts 854XXX.
It's interesting to see the range of dates given for "854xxx" bikes in Robert Miller's list. Putting aside a few weirdos, it goes right thru from 1976 for 854001 to 1979 for 854958.
VinceGTS900 wrote: Ducati would put whatever they had on their bikes.
For sure. If they're on the shelf, you'd use 'em up, no? (Ceriani finally closed in 1980, btw).

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