1978 Ducati Darmah Picture
Red and black 1978 Ducati Darmah
The Red and black 1978 Ducati Darmah has been garaged and not ridden for the last 10 years. It still fires on the third kick but the engine is tired. The vintage Ducati has never been wrecked and all the parts, frame, wheels, forks, steering head and drivetrain are nicely aligned and straight.
I wanted a Darmah since I first saw one blow by me on the high way back in 1979. It took me over 15 years to buy one and it was worth the wait!
I have owned this bike since 1996 when I was into my 40's and have never been racing on it, abused it and have maintained it well.
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The title on the 1978 Ducati Darmah is clear and it is currently with a non-op California registration. This would be an excellent old motorcycle to restore. All of the body parts and fenders are in very good shape except that the seat pan/tailpiece has a crack has been modified and the motorcycle seat needs to be reupholstered.
I have a flawless stainless rear fender including the signals and taillight assembly that are not in the Ducati motorcycle pictures
. The master cylinder pistons for the triple disc brakes are frozen so it has no brakes so you can test ride but the bike was pure pleasure to ride the day that it went into storage.
Upgraded parts and accessories that are included with the motorcycle include 40mm DellOrto carbs with accelerator pumps, Works Performance shocks, rebuilt 38mm Ceriani forks, Bub exhaust's replica Conti silencers, and new Michelin tires that still look good.
The 1978 Ducati Darmah was dyno-ed at just under 92 hp in 1996 and proved itself to be extremely dependable for all of the 5 years I rode it daily.
It would be difficult to tell exactly how many miles are on it, but the odometer reading was 12,000 miles when the cable went out and I know I put at least another 30K on it after that.
Both the speedometer and tachometer cables need to be replaced. My estimation is that by selling off the used motorcycle parts, I could bring in $3500 so I divided that figure in half to come up with my selling price as a whole motorcycle which is how I would prefer to sell it (for sentimental reasons).
I would love to restore it myself which is why I have hung onto it for so long, but I've lost my garage and have other priorities that would take another 10 years until the Darmah could be fully restored.
The value that the motorcycle bluebook places on this model in poor condition is over $1600 and over $5K if it were in excellent condition which would take freshening of the motor, performing miscellaneous repair procedures to make it road worthy, a fixed or new tail section, new motorcycle paint and cosmetic repairs would be all it needs to be in that excellent category once again!
I also have a 1976 Ducati 860 GT that I am parting out at very cheap prices which has a bunch of parts that are interchangeable with this Darmah. A complete gasket set and very thorough owner's shop repair manual are included with the sale.
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