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Old August 27th, 2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Just bought a 1966 monza 160

Purchased as an occasional commuter, will post pics up a little later, pretty clean little bike. This is my 5th Ducati but first single and first bevel, wish me luck...
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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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starts first kick, just needs a little tlc here and there:

adjust valves
adjust points
rebuild petcocks

it will only do 45 mph at the moment so hoping the valves and points will bring it back to the 60 mph demon it once was...
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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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Sweet.

Nice buy.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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Well Nick, first off... congrats bro, very nice!

Second off, tell us the story on how you acquired it!

Does Martin wanna have Bevel carbon fiber body work made for it? ROFL!!!!
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Old August 29th, 2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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Very pretty little bike. The early singles are a nice reminder of what motorcycles used to feel like when some of us were a little younger.
A bit tricky when they become recalcitrant on the starting, with the kickstarter on the LHS.
Your little 160 probably won't give you too much trouble, but I got 'bitten' by a 350 Desmo (not mine) with an 11:1 piston around 1970. And clip-ons, which didn't aid the kicking stance.
It had almost started (and used to start pretty readily) so I only gave it a half-hearted kick. With light shoes on.. (Yes ATGATTs - inappropriate footwear. We rejoiced in being inappropriate as often as possible back then)!
Anyway - my shoe went flying down the driveway, and the subsequent X-Ray revealed I had parted a splinter off the side of my tibea about 5" long. It used to kick back if you weren't firm with it!


A painful lesson learnt.
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Old December 27th, 2017, 11:00 PM   #6
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Very pretty little bike. The early singles are a nice reminder of what motorcycles used to feel like when some of us were a little younger.
A bit tricky when they become recalcitrant on the starting, with the kickstarter on the LHS.
Your little 160 probably won't give you too much trouble, but I got 'bitten' by a 350 Desmo (not mine) with an 11:1 piston around 1970. And clip-ons, which didn't aid the kicking stance.
It had almost started (and used to start pretty readily) so I only gave it a half-hearted kick. With light shoes on.. (Yes ATGATTs - inappropriate footwear. We rejoiced in being inappropriate as often as possible back then)!
Anyway - my shoe went flying down the driveway, and the subsequent X-Ray revealed I had parted a splinter off the side of my tibea about 5" long. It used to kick back if you weren't firm with it!


A painful lesson learnt.
You are correct, some of the old singles are difficult to start. My father's 1966 250 Mach 1 is difficult....but it is a race motor. His 69 350 Desmo is easier. Point being....his 160 starts first kick
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Old December 29th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #7
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Looks sweet.
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it will only do 45 mph at the moment so hoping the valves and points will bring it back to the 60 mph demon it once was...
Good Luck!

I doubt the valves and points will bring it up to 60mph... but a nice long hill might.

Seriously though, 60mph was pushing it on mine. Tucked in with a LONG straight, maybe... tailwinds always helped too.

Whoops, just noticed this thread is 4 years old. Nevermind.
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