Ducati 500GTV

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Ducati 500GTV
Production 1978
Class Classic
air-cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Bore / Stroke 78.7mm x 78.7mm
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Top Speed 103 mph (165 km/h)
Horsepower 38.22 HP (28.5 KW) @ 7500RPM
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed, manual

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: dual shock absorbers
Brakes Front: dual 256mm discs
Rear: single 257mm disc
Front Tire 3.25-18
Rear Tire 3.50-18
Weight 196.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 3.7 Gallon (14.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Ducati 500GTV was a air-cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder Classic motorcycle produced by Ducati in 1978.


A 78.7mm bore x 78.7mm stroke result in a displacement of just 497.0 cubic centimeters.


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


It came with a 3.25-18 front tire and a 3.50-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual 256mm discs in the front and a single 257mm disc in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a dual shock absorbers. The 500GTV was fitted with a 1.32 Gallon (5.00 Liters) fuel tank.

1978 Ducati 500GTV[edit]

1978 Ducati 500GTV 1978 Ducati 500GTV

Unlike its 500GTL sibling, the 1977 Ducati 500GTV has been designed for superior performance, instead of comfort. It sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 497cc, parallel twin cylinder powerhouse mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Standard fittings include a chromed, dual exhaust system, Borrani cast-aluminum wheels, a plush, dual saddle, an analogue instrument cluster, wide handlebars, a round headlight, front and rear blinkers, a front Marzocchi telescopic fork coupled to dual shocks as a rear suspension, and a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear.