Ducati 500 Desmo Sport (1976-83)

Make Model: Ducati 500 Sport Desmo


Year: 1976 – 83
Engine: Four stroke, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, chain driven, 2 valve per cylinder
Capacity: 496.9 cc / 30.2 cu in
Bore x Stroke: 78 x 52 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Cooling System: Air cooled
Induction: Dell’Orto PHF30BS/BD
Ignition: Points and coil
Spark Plug: Champion L81
Starting: Electric
Battery: Yuasa Y50-N18L-A1, 12V 18Ah
Max Power: 36.8 kW / 50 hp @ 8500 rpm
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Transmission: 5 Speed
Primary Drive Ratio: 2.125:1 (32/68)
Gear Ratios: 1st 2.500 / 2nd 1.714 / 3rd 1.333 / 4th 1.074 / 5th 0.900:1
Final Drive Ratio: 2.923:1 (13/38)
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Tubular steel, double downtube
Front Suspension: 35 mm Paioli telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: Swing arm, 2 x Marzocchi shocks, 3-way adjustable

Front Brakes: 2 x 256 mm Brembo discs
Rear Brakes: Single 260 mm Brembo disc
Front Tyre: 3.25-18
Rear Tyre: 3.50-18
Dimensions: Length: 2050 mm / 80.7 inWidth: 710 mm / 28.0 inHeight: 1060 mm / 41.7 in
Wheelbase: 1400 mm / 55.1 in
Seat Height: 760 mm / 29.9 in
Dry Weight: 185 kg / 408 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 14 L / 3.7 US gal / 3.1 Imp gal
Consumption Average: 4.7 L/100 km / 21.3 km/l / 50 US mpg / 60 Imp mpg
Standing 1/4 Mile: 13.7 sec
Top Speed: 185 km/h / 115 mph


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