1984 Ducati Pantah 650SL Restoration
Mark Austin May 08, 2009

The Acquisition

I bought this Pantah 650 SL in 2005 from a bloke in Dubbo. It looked like a pretty honest bike, well used but very original. I had a lot of trouble getting it to start and run correctly and after a couple of months of very frustrating rides with breakdowns and non-starts, and replacing every electrical component, I bit the bullet and gave it to Gowanloch at Belmore to fix. 

The result was that the engine had very little compression and had worn all the chrome off the bores. So it now has a brand new engine, at great expense. At least now, it starts first time and runs beautifully, and its pretty quick. 

Its been running extremely well lately, I've given it a bit of a tidy up to make it looks as good as it runs, I've polished everything in sight, rebuilt the brakes and zinc plated all the tarnished nuts and bolts. It also has a big light with relays and very LOUD air horns.

 

The Acquisition

I bought this Pantah 650 SL in 2005 from a bloke in Dubbo. It looked like a pretty honest bike, well used but very original. I had a lot of trouble getting it to start and run correctly and after a couple of months of very frustrating rides with breakdowns and non-starts, and replacing every electrical component, I bit the bullet and gave it to Gowanloch at Belmore to fix. 

The result was that the engine had very little compression and had worn all the chrome off the bores. So it now has a brand new engine, at great expense. At least now, it starts first time and runs beautifully, and its pretty quick. 

Its been running extremely well lately, I've given it a bit of a tidy up to make it looks as good as it runs, I've polished everything in sight, rebuilt the brakes and zinc plated all the tarnished nuts and bolts. It also has a big light with relays and very LOUD air horns.