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« on: November 15, 2009, 07:45:08 PM »

Hi, well my little boy just five months old already has his first motorcycle!  This is a 1960's 250cc MotoTrans which was a Spanish knock-off of Ducati. Its a spring valve head, not desmo.  Ducati licensed the design out to MotoTrans which produced the bike.  For all practical purposes its a Ducati. It will be a scrambler!  I know it ran last time it was parked, but thats all I know about these bikes.  Anyone used to own something like it or have any tips for maintenance and parts? 









Here is a real Ducati scrambler, which is the look I want to get to (ah, I guess I have about 10 years to finish it when our little guy is older?).

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2009, 11:28:25 PM »

That could turn out to be a pretty sweet bike!

Here is a cool site http://www.coolitalianbikes.com/scramblermania

1973 Ducati 350 Scrambler (Widecase mototrans)




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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2010, 06:19:48 AM »

Never knew about the MotoTrans.  Pretty cool.  I trust you will keep us posted on your progress?  Are you really going to be able to give it to your son when you are done?  I mean it will be like another child in ten years time.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 09:13:41 PM »

Well DoctorXRR's recent acquisition of the Beta Alp, has squeezed his 1972 Mototrans (Spanish made Ducati) to the RDS Mancave!
Of course the anticipation of its arrival spurred many late nights googling anything I could learn about it.
It appears to be a Spanish 1972 Mototrans Road - which were built primarily for the American market.
It is what is known as a "wide case" motor which means it is a five speed, and it uses valve springs (rather than being desmodronic).
The headlight, front fender, tail light and speedometer have been replaced with generic parts - which I would like to replace with more suitable items that look better.
It is a very solid bike, the motor looks and feels particularly good. The forks are Spanish made Telesco, rims are Akront, carb Spanish Amal replica - all as it left the factory.
The general consensus on the Ducati forums is that the bike is essentially as good as a Ducati - but it suffers in the market place due to its Spanish manufacturer.
In fact, the very last Ducati single motors came directly from Mototrans.
So, the bike is a good candidate for taking some liberties with - in the name of making more attractive - without harming an expensive super desirable bike.
For now, its going to rest peacefully - while I focus on getting my 60 Duo Glide running and sold.






  
  
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013, 03:21:53 AM »

The sexy Italian version.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 01:57:43 AM »

This restoration took the bike to a whole other level:
Luca's Summer Ducati Restoration

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 03:01:13 AM »

Thats a nice job. The knobbies and high pipe give it a sharp, rugged look! 
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