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Fellow desmo's,

I almost got this 860GT thats for sale and nearly got divorced for bringing it up.
It looks like its in Excellent condition. Sounds like it hasn't run in a few years so the carbs and tank will need some cleaning. The guy was asking $3400. I don't know what or if any mods were done or how stock the bike is but the bike looks beautiful.

http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/mcy/1406178539.html


sorry for the huge pic. cant figure how to make it smaller


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Someone will get a good buy. I hope they don't make a fake SS out of it.

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Umm....

Does that big dent in the tank disqualify it from Excellent condition? I think it does...
 

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I guess we'll see... I've asked the seller to send fotos, and have made plans to see it in person on Sat.

BTW, I really like your 860. Hoping to have a version of my own soon.
 

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That's a good price, I think. I paid $4200 for mine and it's not in as nice a shape, but it does run great.
 

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Passinglane,

first model 860 was a design tour-de force, not understood, beautiful now in hindsight.
but didn't the ducati riders object to it in great numbers?
Would cruise effortlessly at 140 kays until the end of time!
Great frame , pity about the 18" wheel, understeer at the limit.
Where as the 19" gt/sport didn't


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Passinglane,

first model 860 was a design tour-de force, not understood, beautiful now in hindsight.
but didn't the ducati riders object to it in great numbers?
Would cruise effortlessly at 140 kays until the end of time!
Great frame , pity about the 18" wheel, understeer at the limit.
Where as the 19" gt/sport didn't


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My first Ducati was an 860GT and like many others I modified both the appearance and the electrical system. The next owner changed it so much it was almost unrecognizable as a GT. Despite lots of engine work, though, it was still slower than my SS.

I'm not sure that 18 inch wheels were a problem on the GTs, though. They have basically the same frame as an SS which also has 18 inch wheels. I had no complaints about the handling of my GT, perhaps I just wasn't going fast enough.

There are so few original GTs around, and of course this one isn't completely original, that I would like to see some remain close to standard. Check out the August 2009 edition of Classic Bike for an article on a restored 860GT.

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Bruce,
i bought an 860 almost new,it was very cheap as it had a slight piston rattle, it never got worse .They had put an new crank in it thinking it was a big-end. The shop got sick of it and dropped the price.
Superb touring bike but people would nearly spit on it as they were so unpopular.
Transducer failed , that was all that went wrong in many , many miles.
Endurance racers used a very similiar frame , i noticed in some pics.
I would not mind one now as a ride to work bike.
Handling was very safe ! fantastic in bad situations it just saved the day a couple of times.

More practical than the 750GT, but too practical for Ducati buyers at the time.
Nice idea really.

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Went and looked at the bike yesterday. 4 hour drive one way. Owner was a great guy, more a Ducati lover than affecianado. Had a strong emotional attachment to the bike.

Tank is not dented. Black - although not original - is very well done.
I am not a fan of the '75 styling (worst of the bevels IMO), however with the changed seat, lower bars, Conti replicas, aluminum rims - it looked quite nice in the flesh.

Everything was there, and seemed to work. Clutch was not stiff, suspension felt compliant, tires in good shape (Metzlers). Felt like the engine had good compression thru the kickstarter.
Switchgear had been changed at some point, to a brand I didn't recognize. Brakes, chain/sprockets, etc. were all in good shape. All in all - in appearances - a very nice example.

I wanted a driver. I really was looking for a bike to ride - not restore. I have a 996 for a Project (and my Porsche is up on jacks at the moment) so I didn't want a bike that needed significant wrenching. My plan was to change it to a 750 GT style (at some point), and have a cool bike for around town and two up rides.

And that's where things started to look worse.
It wasn't running - so no way to really know what's going on inside those cases. The bike had 32,XXX miles on the odo. No battery, so impossible to ascertain the electrics situation. The owner originally told me he had the title - then later (2 days before my drive) advised he couldn't find it - but could get a new copy, blah, blah.. Zero receipts for any work that had been done. After kicking over the bike a few times, I noticed oil weeping at the base of the vetical bevel shaft.
There were some other minor items - nothing scary.
The engine was an early run - 8513xx - so didn't get some of the factory updates (per Falloon's Bible..).

If the bike had started, run and operated as the owner stated it SHOULD - it would have been a bargain at his asking price - IMO. If however, the engine had issues (lower end shot, blown case gasket, etc), or the electrics had issues - it would be a huge $$$ mistake (for me, anyway).
I got a sense that there may have been a reason why the owner didn't spend $100.00 on tha battery, or a couple of hours to clean the tank and carbs. He clearly liked the bike (he had a old BMW as well - also for sale) - yet hadn't ridden it in years...?

Still I was drawn in - so many things that were good about this one. I made an offer. The owner was offended, but we parted as friends.

Somebody should buy this bike.
 

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Hello all,
I should introduce myself.. my name is Jason. I saw the ad for this bike last week and had to have it. I sold an absolute mint original 75 860gt last year and regretted it since. I was fortunate to be just a bit more than a stone's throw away from this great couple of folks representing the bike. No, that is not a dent in the tank...just a reflection. The bike is gorgeous. It didnt take a considerable amount of time to get it running, but it did take a bit of work. I had carb kits left over from my old bike and here was plenty of old gas in the tank and carbs. After flushing and cleaning those items I robbed the battery out of my Bonneville and with new oil and filter installed, I was ready to kick it over. Half a dozen kicks later (4 of those not realizing the kill switch was off) the bike roared to life. It spit and popped and blew flames from the pipes, but burned off after a couple miles of running it. It runs out VERY well. There are a few non-original parts that may or may not get swapped for the originals. The controls are not original, but look like the could be from a Cagiva maybe?? Hard to say but Im sure some folks here could ID them. I am a bit of a purist, so Im sure eventually some of those little details will be sorted. The bike came with a great story from the kind folks that trusted me with it. I think the good karma that came with the bike should stay rooted right there with it. I have restored many great bikes, but this bike bore a true love story between the previous owners. It should stay. Thanks for listening. I'll chime in from time to time. Any bevel twins in the Kern County area?
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Hello all,
I should introduce myself.. my name is Jason. I saw the ad for this bike last week and had to have it. I sold an absolute mint original 75 860gt last year and regretted it since. I was fortunate to be just a bit more than a stone's throw away from this great couple of folks representing the bike. No, that is not a dent in the tank...just a reflection. The bike is gorgeous. It didnt take a considerable amount of time to get it running, but it did take a bit of work. I had carb kits left over from my old bike and here was plenty of old gas in the tank and carbs. After flushing and cleaning those items I robbed the battery out of my Bonneville and with new oil and filter installed, I was ready to kick it over. Half a dozen kicks later (4 of those not realizing the kill switch was off) the bike roared to life. It spit and popped and blew flames from the pipes, but burned off after a couple miles of running it. It runs out VERY well. There are a few non-original parts that may or may not get swapped for the originals. The controls are not original, but look like the could be from a Cagiva maybe?? Hard to say but Im sure some folks here could ID them. I am a bit of a purist, so Im sure eventually some of those little details will be sorted. The bike came with a great story from the kind folks that trusted me with it. I think the good karma that came with the bike should stay rooted right there with it. I have restored many great bikes, but this bike bore a true love story between the previous owners. It should stay. Thanks for listening. I'll chime in from time to time. Any bevel twins in the Kern County area?
Jason
Jason, glad you got the bike and are going to love it.
Get yourself on bevelheads-if you're not already there-loads of bevel twin (and single) owners on there from all over.

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Now I'm kicking my self.

I have been thinking of this bike ever since I saw it. Knew I should have bought it. Yes - great folks.
Jealous - but happy for you.
 

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To John and Mitch-

John, Im on Bevelheaven.com. Steve is top notch. I was on it with the last Duc. Im making my parts list this am.

Mitch- Yeah, swim in your jealousy! Its a great bike! Kidding. I feel fortunate that you passed up on such a deal. I was on a tear over the last couple of months to find one like this. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of the electrical items working, save for the brake light from the pedal and the neutral light. Easily fixed. I havent opened the headlamp yet to see what might be waiting, that too will follow. I am fortunate in that I own and operate an automotive repair business. I have a great crew and that allows me the freedom (sometimes, if you call it that) to build and tinker with these old bikes. Lots of resources right at my finger tips. And Mitch, I brought his BMW back with me and got it running as well. One of the nicest BMW airheads I've ridden. Much quieter than my own. Cheers.
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Hi Jason

You scored a real nice bike there......... It looks familiar, feel free to email me over the name of who you bought it from I may be able to give you more insight [or not].

* Another bevel drive springs from the darkness and out into the light - nice

PS: I hate HUGE pictures on forums. Makes reading posts a real drag.
 

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Glad to see someone has brought the bike back to life. I really wish I could have gotten the bike but hopefully another great opportunity will come up when the time is right.
And Yeah... I hate big pics too but couldn't figure out out how to resize it.

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Bruce,
"Someone will get a good buy. I hope they don't make a fake SS out of it."

you can't stop fools?

Just goes to show how little some understand, 860GT was a great bike.
Fond memories of my Norska chick and her huge mams in my back!!

Fuego
 
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