Ducati 500GTV

 

 

 

Make Model.

Ducati 500GTL

Year

1977 - 81

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

Kick

Battery

Yuasa Y50-N18L-A1, 12V 18Ah

Max Power

25.7 kW / 35 hp @ 6500 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

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 in
Width:    760 mm / 29.9 in
Height:  1060 mm / 41.7 in

Wheelbase

1400 mm / 55.1 in

Seat Height

760 mm / 29.9 in

Dry Weight

183 kg / 403 lbs

Wet Weight

196 kg / 432 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

19 L / 5.0 US gal / 4.2 Imp gal

Top Speed

175 km/h / 109 mph

The Ducati GTV 500 is a pretty important part of Ducati’s history. The parallel twin 350/500GTL models were introduced in 1975, taking their styling cues from the 860GT. Fabio Taglioni had nothing to do with them, as he was developing the belt-drive V-twin Pantah, so Tumidei updated the 1965 design. They were fitted with Borrani rims, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes and were succeeded by the 500 Sport Desmo in 1977. There was even a racing version, the 500 Super Sport. The final iteration was the GTV of 1977, a spring-valve version of the Sport Desmo which was made until 1981.A similar model was put on sale featuring a handsome black and gold 900 SD paint job.