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Ducati 500 SL Pantah

80s middleweight marvel changed the game for the iconic Italian maker

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Upcoming projects include a rare 1930 French-made New Map; an upscale single cylinder roadster for the affluent. Info hard to come by. Get the September 2019 issue of RealClassic to read my review of the R75/5 BMW – a jewel among the vintage crowd. Enough info has been collected to write a Moto Guzzi ‘T-series’ report, with enough leftover to write another. Among the best is the V1000 G5, introduced for 1979 and shown here in its earlist guise, with low bars, tachometer, standard panniers and footpeg controls. Styling is identical to the Convert Automatic. Ride a classic? Read RealClassic!

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“Thus prepped, Ducati’s 900SS shaved one-half  second off its ¼-mile (12.4) and with heavier clutch springs, it’d run with a Jota. “A licensed racer will get around quicker on the GS1000 by working around its limitations,” said one tester. “But not having any of that to deal with, the average rider will feel safer and have more fun on the Ducati. It’s ridiculously easy to ride fast.” Nolan Woodbury, RealClassic magazine 2015.