Additional photos of this custom Ducati 750 GT are available here for your perusal.
At first glance, this Ducati might look like a 1979 900SS due to the black and gold paint scheme.
But on closer look, you’ll see that this is quite an interesting custom – a 750 GT restored between 2006-2009 by Mike and Candie Hurley of Vintage Desmo.
The history of this bike and the rebuild work is well-documented here on the Vintage Desmo site. We highly recommend that interested parties take a detailed look at the link, though we’ll summarize some highlights below: Hurley found it as a “basketcase ’74 750 GT in 2006” and “decided to make this bike a custom amalgamation of the bevel drive Ducatis that drive my passion for the brand. The idea was to keep it looking like a bike that could have been produced at the factory in the early 70’s but to take cues from many of the bikes from that era and build my dream bike.”
Amusingly, there’s also a fly in the sight glass as a tribute to the California Hot Rod (Old Blue), which had an actual fly cast into the tank when it first arrived for Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling to compete with, eventually winning the 1977 Daytona Superbike race.
In the restorer’s words, the “brakes and suspension are as far as I would go to modernize the bike though, the idea was to keep it as close to what the factory could have produced in 1974 as possible.” The current owner acquired it in November of 2015 with 116 miles on it since the restoration was completed, and he has exclusively had it on display.