Ducati Motocrosser – 1971 Ducati 450 R/T Desmo

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Post-Sale Update: After 17 bids on eBay, this Ducati 450 R/T Desmo sold for $4,280.

Not many people know it, but Ducati had a one-year, one-time-only foray into the world of motocross. The Ducati 450 R/T 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 - Front

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 R/T Desmo is missing the tank decals, and I suspect the rare front fender is not original – though the seller claims otherwise. The seller also states that the bike is cosmetically good and mechanically excellent. In addition, he’ll throw in a period accessory light kit as a bonus.

Ducati 450 RT Desmo - Left Rear

Find this Ducati 450 R/T Desmo for sale in Corinth, Mississippi with an opening bid of $2,500

Ducati 450 RT Desmo - Left Side

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