1981 Ducati Pantah 500SL

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Post Listing Update: This Pantah did not meet reserve despite 27 bids up to $6,600 in Mahwah, New Jersey on eBay.


One of the lesser-known bikes in Ducati’s history is the distinctively-styled Pantah 500SL, a replacement to the 350/500 parallel twins that stunk up the marketplace. They’re hard to find in original or restored condition – this is one of the latter.

Basic specifications included 45 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, a top speed of 115 miles per hour, and a wet weight of 433 pounds. For more on the Pantah, check out this profile on Motorcycle Classics, where they say that “The Pantah was born from improbable triumph and colossal failure.

This example (VIN: 661560) has approximately 15,000 miles on the odometer, and it’s being offered by a seller who owned the machine for over 20 years. He claims to have “meticulously restored the bike with all original parts or the best parts available,” noting that the only pieces that were not repainted/refinished/restored are the frame and front forks, both of which wear the original paint. Otherwise, the bike was stripped down to the frame, the engine has been completely disassembled, and nearly all of the work was done by Moto Borgotaro or Moto Pistole.

Find this Pantah for sale in Mahwah, New Jersey with bidding up to $6,300 and the reserve not yet met (even though the seller mentions that there’s no reserve multiple times in the listing) here on eBay.

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