Ducati 450 Desmo (1973-74)

Make Model: Ducati 450 Desmo


Year: 1973 – 74
Engine: Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, bevel gear driven, desmodromic
Capacity: 435.7 cc / 26.6 cu in
Bore x Stroke: 86 x 75 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Cooling System: Air cooled
Induction: Dell’Orto VHB 29 A
Spark plug: Marelli CW260N / Lodge 2HN
Ignition: Points and coil (electronic from 1973)
Starting: Kick
Battery: SAFA 3L3, 13.5 Ah
Max Power: 19.9 kW / 27 hp @ 6700 rpm
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Transmission: 5 Speed
Primary Drive Ratio: 2.111:1 (27/57)
Gear Ratios: 1st 2.46 / 2nd 1.73 / 3rd 1.35 / 4th 1.10 / 5th 0.97:1
Final Drive Ratio: 2.6:1 (16/42)
Final Drive: Chain
Front Suspension: 35 mm Marzocchi telescopic fork (from 1974: 35 mm Ceriani)
Rear Suspension: Swingarm, dual Marzocchi shocks, 3-way adjustable
Front Brakes: Single 280 mm disc

Rear Brakes: 150 mm Drum
Front Tyre: 2.75-18
Rear Tyre: 3.00 x 18 or 3.25 x 18
Dimensions: Length: 2000 mm / 78.7 in Width: 600 mm / 23.6 in Height: 940 mm / 37.0 in
Wheelbase: 1360 mm / 53.5 in
Seat Height: 735 mm / 28.9 in
Dry Weight: 130 kg / 286 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 13 L / 3.4 US gal / 2.9 Imp gal
Road Test: Bike Magazine


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