Lot 230 - 1972 Saxon Ducati 350
|Estimate||£6,250 - £7,250|
Designed by Fabio Taglioni, the first Ducati overhead-camshaft single appeared in 1955. Small capacity lightweights were produced initially, the first ohc 250cc roadster not arriving until 1961. Successful production racers in their day (importer/entrant Vic Camp enjoyed numerous success with these bikes in the UK) Ducati singles have in recent years become a mainstay of classic or historic racing. Suitably modified versions are highly competitive in the right hands and indeed, Ducati filled the top three positions in the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club's 'European 250' Class in 2004. The superbly presented Ducati racer offered here is constructed around a Saxon frame. Saxon frames were built by noted Ducati specialist Tony Brancato at Brancato Engineering. Only 40 frames were made; the first batch being completed in 1972. The Saxon is a very high quality frame utilising strong T45 tubing, ideal for the Manx Grand Prix.
This wide case, single cylinder Ducati 350cc engine was totally re-built by Brian Silver of Moto Marianna using a forged high-compression racing piston, factory race cam and solid rockers. Also supplied a twin plug cylinder head, gas flowed by MEZ, and factory race shop supplied magnesium rocker covers and cam end cap. The gearbox has straight-cut primary gears from Brancato Engineering, a Brancato exhaust system to Isle of Man specification, hi-flow oil pump, Electrex self-generating ignition system and Gardner Carburettor with a Gardner remote mounted float. The running gear consists of Borrani type wheel rims with stainless steel spokes, Koni Dial-a-Ride shock absorbers, Maxton re-valved and re-worked Marzocchi forks with TiNi sliders, Brembo brake radial master cylinder, and PreTech 6 pot brake calliper. It also sports a Scitsu Tacho handmade aluminium petrol tank, Mead Speed fairing with spare screen, Brancato Seat, and Brancato splash guard with integral oil catcher. This CRMC registered Saxon Ducati is a light and superb handling race motorcycle that is extremely competitive. It is very well set up with easy starting and would make a great track-day bike.
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