Additional photos of this Ducati Paso Limited are available here for your perusal.
Released in 1986 and named after racer Renzo Pasolini, the Ducati Paso was a bike created from odd beginnings. Built when Ducati was owned by Cagiva, this bike was designed to compete with the up and coming Japanese superbikes of the time.
It was designed by the famous Massimo Tamburini and is notable for the extensive bodywork which hides the traditional (but modified) trellis frame and a 748cc Pantah L-twin which produces 72 horsepower.
Sales of the base model were limited in themselves – a 1986 issue of Motorcyclist magazine states that just 700 were “slated for the US market in 1987.” But Ducati released a true Limited Edition exclusively for the US, and most sources state that just 50 were created.
As often is the case with older Italians, the records can be a bit tough to fully confirm – in this thread on DucatiPaso.org, two different people claim to have written into Ducati asking about production numbers for the Limited – one was told by Livio Lodi (curator of the Ducati museum) that 50 were built for the US, one was told (by someone else in Ducati customer service) that 50 were built for California and 50 were built for the other 49 states. No matter what, it’s rare!
Confusion also exists about what exactly is different about the Limited. Obvious changes include the pearl white bodywork and red Oscam wheels. Some sources suggest that there were also mechanical upgrades with an upgraded Weber carb, larger valves and headers, ported heads, and more – though we’ve seen that this has dual Mikuni carbs.
This example is VIN: ZDM1DA3N7JB754061. is one of over thirty motorcycles from the Alan Wilzig collection that we are auctioning off. Alan acquired this bike in November of 2002 and has had it on display in his collection ever since.
The odometer shows 3,052 miles.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean the carbs to show that the bike runs, however if the next owner wants to ride this we’d recommend an oil/filter change, brake fluid flush, and new tires. Angel did the work and notes that the brake pads are at 70%/60% front/rear.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Inside of the tank:
It is riding on Michelin tires which have aged out.
The sale includes two keys.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection),this Ducati is offered on an Oregon title. Have any Paso 750 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!