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Ducati Pantah Gallery

The bike was first shown at the Milan Bike show in December 1979. The prototype was a departure from many of Ducati’s standards: it had a trellis frame, with the motor suspended under it acting as stressed member, the swingarm was pivoted onto the rear of the crankcase, the SOHC were driven by rubber belts, the primary transmission was via a Morse chain, the front brake was a Campagnolo “Hydroconico”…. But most of all, the claimed performance was impressive: 500 cc, 60 Hp, 180 kg, 1450 mm of wheelbase… significantly different from the previous bevel head V twins, long, bulky and stable, but also from the ill-designed parallel twins, which never achieved interesting performances.

The 90° V-twin Pantah went as well as it looked, and was quiet and gutsy to boot thanks to Desmo valve gear, toothed belts for the cams and a 60° valve angle - the last a common racing modification. Handling was excellent thanks to a light trellis frame although the suspension was perhaps lagging a little behind this creation. The styling was different, if not to everybody's taste, especially as it looked as if the fairing had come off something bigger. At least it looked a lot more beautiful than the later 600TL

With a top speed of 117mph it was no slouch, but mods, and the later 600 version, could put this up l0mph. More than a decade later, Ducati are still using many of the ideas first realized in the 500 Pantah. Fewer of these models are coming onto the market these days. The original Pantah finally went out of production in mid 1983.

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Ducati 500 SL Ducati 500SL Pantah
  • Engine - 498cc 4-stroke ohc V-twin
  • Horsepower - 52bhp
  • Top Speed - 115 mph
  • Dry Weight - 170kg (374lb)
  • Date of Launch - 1980-1984
  • Ducati 500 Pantah Prototype Ducati 500 Pantah Prototype  
    1979 Ducati 500 SL Pantah 1979 Ducati 500 SL Pantah Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
    1980 Ducati Pantah SL500 1980 Ducati Pantah SL500 Designed by Fabio Taglioni.
    Ducati Pantah 500 SL Ducati Pantah 500 SL Ducati Pantah history
    1981 Ducati 600 SL Pantah 1981 Ducati 600 SL Pantah

    Boring the Pantah has created a Duke that is far from boring. Ducati's 600 big-bore version of the 500cc V twin is a livelier. longlegged lady. And she is the answer to critics who complained that only half a litre of Italy's finest modern vintage left riders thirsty for more.

    Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.

    1981-83 Ducati 500 SL Pantah 1981-83 Ducati 500 SL Pantah

    Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.

    1982-84 Ducati 600 TL 1982-84 Ducati 600 TL Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
    1983-84 Ducati 350 SL Pantah Ducati 350SL Pantah
    1983 Ducati 350 SL Pantah 1983 Ducati 350SL Pantah
    1983 Ducati 650 SL Pantah Ducati 650 SL Pantah Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
    1983 Ducati 350 XL Pantah Ducati 350XL Pantah

    The Pantah XL was a simplified version of the fully faired Pantah SL 350, aimed mainly at the Italian market. It was sold in Spain and Greece. It was more expensive than the Morini 3 1/2 Sport and of the Guzzi Imola, and wasn’t all that quicker. But most of all it was very heavy for a 350… so sales were never outstanding. Despite being less sophisticated, The Morini was a “proper” 350 and not a bored down 500, so it offered the kind of performance 18 years old wanted (it was nearly 20 kg lighter than the Ducati XL!!). And the Guzzi Imola had that “little Le Mans” aura around it that gave it that extra appeal.

    Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L” twin cylinder, Desmo SOHC.

    1984 Ducati Pantah 600 SL Ducati Pantah 600SL The 600cc Pantah appeared in 1981, courtesy of an 80mm bore, but it also featured a hydraulic clutch and larger front brake calipers. The 600TL came out the following year, with bikini fairing and vented side panels.

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