1975 Ducati Condor A350
In 1967 Ducati's successful 350 scrambler motor was selected for use in the new Swiss military motorcycle. At first plans were to just import the engine block but later plans were changed to import the whole engine, although there was some Swiss tinkering. The exhaust port and assembly was made more robust. The steel exhaust pipe and muffler were built to run almost silently and the whole assembly is sprayed with aluminium. The oil filler cap changed to a longer tube to make filling easier. Compression was reduced to 8.2:1 so that the bike could run on poor quality fuels. The result is a reliable engine that made only 16.6 hp, and run almost for ever.
The forks were sourced from Marzocchi. Early models have Marzocchi rear shocks but later ones are fitted with Konis. Wheels and the 200mm drum brakes from Grimeca, which were considered adequate for use on the Alps. Both rims are the same but the front tire is a 3.25x18” and the rear is a 3.50x18”. The headlight and a few other electrical components were supplied by Bosch. A major difference between the Swiss bike and the Italian was rubber mounting the engine, a vastly different principal from Ducati’s stressed member design. The Ducati Condor was heavier but a lot smoother on the rider. One oddity is that the frame has a side-stand lug, but one was never supplied by the factory.
This A350 has original patina and sits with our Italian agent. It comes with leather saddle bags and a few odd military accessories like black-outed light for night riding (replaced on this bike), and mounts for two SIG 57 assault rifles. The side covers house a large air filter and spare bulbs and fuses in a foam block, and the other side contains a tool set, a lock, a cleaning brush, and goggles. Condor made 500 A350s in 1973 and when the production run ended in 1978, 3000 had been made, alas most have vanished over the years making this quite a collectible item, for bike and military enthusiasts.
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Stock No: CC-A350
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