Ducati 450 Desmo

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1971 Ducati 450 Desmo (Silver Shotgun)

Ducati 450 Desmo
Production 1974
Class Classic
air-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC
Bore / Stroke 86.4mm x 86.4mm
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed, manual

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear: dual shock absorbers
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: drum
Front Tire 3.75-18
Rear Tire 3.50-18
Weight 177.0 kg (wet)
Manuals Service Manual

The Ducati 450 Desmo was a air-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC Classic motorcycle produced by Ducati in 1974.


A 86.4mm bore x 86.4mm stroke result in a displacement of just 436.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 5-speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc, manual.


It came with a 3.75-18 front tire and a 3.50-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a drum in the rear. The front suspension was a hydraulic telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a dual shock absorbers.

1974 Ducati 450 Desmo[edit]

1974 Ducati 450 Desmo

The 1974 MY Ducati 450 Desmo has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 436cc, single cylinder powerplant mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This machine from Borgo Panigale also had standard fittings such as a steel frame, a single seat, a round headlight, a center stand, a chromed exhaust system, analogue instrumentation dials, laced wheels, a front disc brake coupled to a rear drum, front hydraulic telescopic fork and dual shock absorbers as a rear suspension.