The Desmodromic valve system has become a Ducati trademark, though it goes back to at least 1910 where the English brand Arnott created the first Desmo system, “a shaped annular cam”. It remained in the racing sector until Ducati started using it. In fact, after Ducati’s first usage in 1956 on a 125 Grand Prix at the Swedish GP, the system was then installed on production bikes, the first one being in 1968 with the Mark 3 Desmo 250/350. Ducati did not invent the Desmodromic system but clearly helped at its development and above all spread it to the public. The system is considered one of the major factors of Ducati’s success. To make a long story short, the Desmo system permits control of valves in an engine with two cams and activators instead of a simple activator for opening and a spring for closing. This permits a more precise mixture, notably at high revs.
By 1966, Ducati dropped the “narrow case” and implemented the “wide case” for 1967, essentially having wider frame mountings on the crankcases. That same year, Ducati released the 350 Scrambler, and then a 250 a year later. These rather street oriented bikes with off-road style were very popular in Europe and in the US. In 1969, a 450 version was even released. As far as suspension, Duacti equipped its Scrambler with Marzocchi forks and adjustable rear shocks. In the end, Scrambler models developed between 19hp for the 250cc and 36hp for the 450cc. To get more information about the Scrambler, you can check Ducati Classics.
The Scrambler 350 presented here in claimed to be in concours condition having been fully rebuilt and always kept in dry storage. The bike comes in blue color with yellow stripe on the top of the tank. The bike is located in Greece, but the scarcity of the bike could make it worth the wait. Plus, as the bike was produced in 1974 in the US, getting a title for it should not be too hard.
Find this Scrambler 350 in Agia Paraskevi, Greece at a price of $10,000 or best offer