Ducati 125 TV Testone




Make Model.

Ducati 125 TV Testone


1962 - 68


Four stroke, single-cylinder, OHC, bevel gear driven


124.4 cc / 7.6 cu in
Bore x Stroke 55.2 x 52 mm
Compression Ratio 7.0:1
Cooling System Air cooled
Lubrication System Forced oil sump


Dell'Orto UB18BS or ME18BS carburetor


Battery and coil, 6V 40W generator

Spark Plug

Marelli CW225A


SAFA 3L3, 13.5 Ah



Max Power

4.8 kW / 6.5 hp @ 6500 rpm


4 Speed

Gear Ratios

1st 2.69 / 2nd 1.85 / 3rd 1.36 / 4th 1.00:1


Wet, multi-plate

Final Drive



Twin tubular downpipe cradle

Front Suspension

Hydraulically damped telescopic forks, Marzocci

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, dual shocks, 3-way adjustable

Front Brakes

Drum, 123 mm

Rear Brakes

Drum, 123 mm

Front Tyre

2.75 - 16

Rear Tyre

2.75 - 16

Seat Height

790 mm / 31.1 in

This is the Ducati 125 TV ’Testone, a bike that first broke into the motorcycle scene back in 1961 as part of Ducati’s line of 125 cc bikes. Despite introducing a more powerful range of 175 cc SOHC bikes four years earlier in 1957, the 1961 TV ’Testone’ still carried the 125cc powertrain until 1968.

The Ducati 125 T (Turismo) and 125 TV (Turismo Veloce) were single cylinder, four-stroke OHV motorcycles built by Ducati from 1956 to 1960, featuring a double downtube full cradle steel frame and full-width drum brakes.

Ducati's success in the year these models were released, selling over 10,000 units in 1956 (a 3.5% market share), would be unmatched until 1992

The 1961 125 TV ’Testone’ is the very definition of the word. In addition to its impressive powertrain, which produced an output of 6.5 horsepower, the bike also carried some significant styling cues other Ducati bikes, particularly those that carried Taglioni’s revolutionary sporting designs.