Ducati 350 Sport Desmo

 

 

 

Make Model.

Ducati 350 Sport Desmo

Year

1977 - 79

Engine

Four stroke, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder

Capacity

349.6cc / 21.3 cu un
Bore x Stroke 71.8 x 43.2 mm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Cooling System Air cooled

Induction

Dell'Orto VHB 26 FS/FD carbureotr

Ignition 

Points and coil, 12V 150W generator

Spark Plug

Champion L81

Starting

Electric

Battery

12V 18Ah Yuasa Y50-N18L-A1

Max Power

19 kW / 26 hp @ 8000 rpm

Clutch

Wet, multiplate

Transmission

5 Speed
Gear Ratios 1st 2.500 / 2nd 1.714 / 3rd 1.333 / 4th 1.074 / 5th 1.900:1
Final Drive Ratio 2.923 (13/38)

Final Drive

Chain

Frame

Double downtube, tubular steel

Front Suspension

35mm Paioli fork

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, dual Marzocchi shocks, 3-way adjustable

Front Brakes

2 x 256 mm Brembo discs

Rear Brakes

Single 257 mm Brembo disc

Front Tyre

3.25-18

Rear Tyre

3.50-18
Dimensions Length: 2050 mm / 80.7 in
Width:     710 mm / 28.0 in
Height:  1060 mm / 41.7 in
Wheelbase 1400 mm / 55.1 in
Seat Height 760 mm / 29.9 in

Dry Weight

181 kg / 399 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

14 L / 3.7 US gal / 3.1 Imp gal

Top Speed

148 km/h / 92 mph

 

Some would say that the Ducati 350 Sport Desmo , together with the 500 Sport Desmo, was a bike that vindicated Ducati , especially after its predecessors failed to capture the market’s imagination the way Ducati wanted them to.

Following in the reins of the disappointing GTL models, the 350 Sport Desmo featured a plethora of upgrades, including the addition of Borrani rims, Marzocchi forks, and Brembo brakes. On top of that, the bike also came with a 350 cc SOHC Desmo parallel-twin engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.

The bike was successful enough that Ducati even launched the 500 Sport Desmo and the racing 500 Super Sport in 1977, marking a return to form that only Ducati could have pulled of.

Source: Topspeed