1971 Ducati 450 RT Desmo

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Not many people know it, but Ducati had a one-year, one-time-only foray into the world of motocross. The Ducati 450 RT Desmo was created and imported after its American importer convinced them to bring a big thumper dirt racer to the states.

Ducati 450 RT Desmo - Cockpit

The R/T stood for Road/Trail, and the bright yellow was your only option. General consensus was the the engine was solid (38 horsepower), but its 300 pound weight didn’t help handling. It sold poorly – varying estimates peg the total number of imports between less than a hundred and a few hundred. Want to learn a LOT more? Check out this comprehensive write-up from PulpMX.

Ducati 450 RT Desmo - Engine

This specific Ducati 450 RT Desmo is all original, though if you want more details than that you’re going to have to call the seller directly.

Ducati 450 RT Desmo - Right Side

Find this Ducati 450 RT Desmo for sale here on Craigslist in Comstock Park, Illinois for $7,000. This bike-uriousity brought to you by reader Mark K!

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