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Ducati August 23, 2017 posted by

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Shortly after the Castiglioni family took controlling interest in Ducati, they commissioned Massimo Tamburini with a new and competitive sportbike, fully faired and built tough underneath. The Paso didn't result in a dynasty, but is a sporty and interesting chapter in Ducati's history.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Fully enclosing an air-cooled engine would generally raise some flags, but the Paso handles the heat with two ducted oil coolers, and the bodywork helps answer intake and valvetrain noise concerns.  The 73 hp have a healthy torque complement, and testers found the 5-speed acceptable.  Marzocchi suspension and Brembo triple disks are par for the course, and the 16-inch tires help the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Another innovation on the Paso was a single two-barrel Weber carb, which like the hidden mechanicals saved lira, but caused some adjustment difficulties.  Some have been converted to dual Mikuni's and some still run fine.  Jumping on the big soap bar was a new experience, but most found the built-in mirrors, signals and ergonomics excellent.

With rather low ( under 9,000 ) miles for the age, this tidy blue Paso has been waiting for a fan to come along.  Not ridden much by the current owner, it looks neither babied nor abused, but just biding its time.  Carbon silencers but hard to see any other updates.  From the eBay auction:

1 of 50 Blue bikes brought to the US 
I love the bike but I never ride it and am not into collecting for the sake of collecting
Bike is very low mile and has not been ridden much so should be tuned by a competent Ducati Tech before riding any distance
New Gel Battery 
Starts and runs great handles like a dream very quick and agile motorcycle 
In fact best handling motorcycle I have had the pleasure of riding 
I have the stock mufflers that go with the bike they are in excellent condition 
there is a small tear at the rear of the seat near the grab handle 
Also some spares
Clear title in my name 

Beside the Cagiva portmanteau, the company used an elephant mascot denoting strength and durability from their days in the luggage business.  The logo is found here and about on the Paso, almost fitting with its robust square-tube frame and desmodue.  The Castiglionis elected to stick with the better-known Ducati name at the last minute, else we'd still be seeing the little pachyderm everywhere.  The Paso evolved over its five years to a 900cc fuel-injected model, and the 750 has a good sporty-dollar ratio though its power-to-weight is a little less.  Seeming quite original, and with it's sensible opening bid, this edition may find the interested buyer out there...

-donn

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati December 30, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906

Backing away from a near mid-eighties bankruptcy, Ducati updated the Paso with a 904cc desmodue, water cooling and 6-speed transmission. The result was sporty and tourable, and this one appears stock and undamaged.

1990 Ducati Paso 906 for sale on eBay

The Paso, named for fallen rider Renzo Pasolini, broke a great deal of new ground in 1986, with its square-tube frame, single Weber carburetor, and all-covering soap bar body.  Famed designer Massimo Tamburini's first Ducati project, it revived the showroom at least enough to result in two substantial revisions.  The 1989-90 Paso 906 had 77 hp and 63 ft.-lbs. torque available, with Marzocchi suspension front and rear.  In step with the times, the 906 used 16-inch wheels to help the heavyweight turn in.  Some of the best faired turn signals ever and opaque windscreen give it a smooth futuristic look.

With just a handful of cell phone pictures, more investigation will have to be done on this particular 906.  Miles are on the low end with 14,000, and the distinctive blue paint looks good.  The Florida-based cycle parts dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is in mint condition with low miles it runs and rides great also has a brand new front tire.

The 906 reviewed as a welcome update in the engine bay if still a challenge when pushed hard.  The final update in 1991 brought electronic fuel injection and 17-inch wheels, but for Ducati purists the package was a little too quiet - visually and aurally - and sales stalled out around 1000 per year.  The stealth bodywork attracts a lot of attention even now, and the blue makes it reactionary's Ducati.  For that nuanced rider, this Paso would be worth a look-see...

-donn

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906
Ducati July 1, 2016 posted by

Blue By You – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

The Paso was more revolutionary than evolutionary, with square-tubing frame, full bodywork, and two-barrel Weber carburetor.  Despite reviewing well, the Webers had some rideability issues, and the love-it-or-hate-it styling as well as the import price stranded the bikes in the showroom.  With sales under a thousand per year, the bikes are now a rarity and significant, as they mark the Cagiva era and began Ducati's sport-touring segment.  This example is a distinctive blue, well kept and has had fuel delivery and charging system updates.

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1988 Ducati 750 Paso for sale on eBay

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Very similar to the 750 F1 desmodue, the Paso's 748 cc's are good for 73 hp, routed through a 5-speed transmission.  Because of the single Weber, the vertical cylinder has the intake at the front, and the 2-into-1 exhaust has a collector under the engine.  42 mm Marzocchi forks split compression and rebound duties in an early anti-dive method.  An Öhlins damper is hidden under the Tamburini-sculpted body, which also provides conformal turn signals and mirrors.  Brembo brakes are 280mm fronts with 270mm rear, all single-puck.  16-inch wheels and tires are wide - 130/60 front and 180/60 rear.

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All bikes with nearly 30 years and 21,000 miles have a past and this one includes a repaint of the right side, but it looks good.  From the background we see that the owner knows his way around a carburetted engine, and has this to say in the eBay auction:

This is a very nice example of a rare blue 1988 Ducati Paso 750. It was previously owned by an ex Automotive and Aerospace Engineer who was meticulous and put in a lot of time to Engineer and fix the original fuel, air and electronic problems that were inherent on this bike. He upgraded the starter, fuel system, rebuilt the carbs, fixed wiring, redesigned fuel pump and air flow needed to fix these issues. She starts great, runs great and is a real head turner. She has a new battery included in sale.  The blue color is very rare and less than 50 were made Worldwide and shipped to the U.S.  A lot of  time and effort was expended to make her run better than original.

In an age where just about everyone has loud pipes, the original black-chrome mufflers should be at least friendly.  Non-working tacho should be an easy fix.  Overall build quality after the Cagiva investment was better than ever.

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Updates eventually came to the Paso, including a water-cooled 907 cc engine, six-speed and electronic fuel injection, but the styling never caught fire and the line shut down in 1992.  Often shunned because of the 16-inch tire size, choices are better now than they were in the 1990's, when the now-classic was simply used.  If you like the aerodynamic styling, it's a great looking bike, and tested as a nice handler.  This example looks original but has had some attention under the bodywork, and should be a great rider.

-donn

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Blue By You – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati January 25, 2016 posted by

Rare Duc – 1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited

Shortly after Cagiva's agreement to use Ducati engines, they bought controlling interest in the company in 1985, and breathed some design and engineering funding into the company.  Responding to competition from the east, the Castiglionis hired Bimota founder Massimo Tamburini to design the new 750 cc model.  The result was the Paso, with full fairing concealing the 750F1 engine and 5-speed, named for Ducati racer Renzo Pasolini, who died in an accident at Monza in 1973.

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1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited for sale on eBay

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Cam drive now by timing belt instead of bevel gears, the air-cooled 748 cc desmodue developed 73 hp.  Use of a two-barrel Weber carburetor required the  rear cylinder to be reversed.  Doubly odd for a Ducati, a square-tube frame, none of it visible, hidden beneath the curves of the all-encompassing tupperware.  Marzocchi air adjustable forks are 42mm, and at the back is an Öhlins monoshock.  Three similar-sized brake disks, dual 280mm fronts with 270mm rear.

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Not quite sure what makes this particular Paso a Limited, exhaust system, livery perhaps ?  There were only 50 Limiteds, but any Paso constitutes a limited edition as sales never took off and production over the five years was just a few thousand.  A ground-breaking design, very well resolved, and this one in super nice shape, collector quality.  The owner shows off the lovingly detailed mechanicals without the bodywork.  From the eBay auction:

Rare Duc!  Excellent Condition.  In storage since 2006 (ridden occasionally) when it was completely serviced by dealer and any and all updates and repairs were done.  Runs strong, despite original Weber carb's reputation. Barnett Clutch Pack. New battery. New Michelin tires. Comes with Corbin Seat and original seat. Standard U.S. exhaust in black chrome (never used), (has Euro exhaust on since new). Euro tail light. RKA Tank Bag. Ducati Red powder coated wheels to match belly of fairings.  All original parts plus Ducati and Clymer Repair Manuals. Some spares. Certified by Ducati Museum to be 1 of only 50 produced. Owner is former dealer.

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Not without its faults, the 750 Pasos suffered rideability issues with a flat spot in the torque curve, and while 16-inch wheels helped turn-in, tire selection has been lacking and occasionally impossible.  Still it reviewed as a  supple handler, hiding its weight well and cradling the rider.  Tests from the day poke fun at Cagiva for using the fairing to save money by not having to design and finish the drivetrain for display, just what Tamburini would have had you believe as he was pulling the plastic over your eyes...

-donn

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Rare Duc – 1988 Ducati 750 Paso Limited
Ducati October 21, 2015 posted by

Red Revival – 1990 Ducati Paso 906

On display for the past few years, this Ducati Paso 906 might be ready for revival.  With just about 5,000 miles, some rubber, belts, and maybe a seal or two should be all that's required for some nice riding.

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1990 Ducati Paso 906 for sale on eBay

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Penned by Massimo Tamburini for the 1985 show season, the Paso model was introduced as a 750, and a major upgrade came in 1989 with 906 engine ( peculiarly displacing 904 cc ), water cooling and 6-speed transmission.  A strong square-tube frame is beneath the bodywork which conceals all the mysteries.  Marocchi forks and Ohlins rear monoshock are accompanied by Brembo brakes.  In the GP fashion of the time, 16-inch Oscam wheels are fitted.

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Looking excellent in the many good pictures, this Paso has only a couple of mods, a Corbin seat and Ferracci mufflers.  Pretty sure these came with a center stand but I'm not seeing it.  The tank is signed, but the auction doesn't divulge by whom.  Loving those faired round mirrors.  From the eBay auction:

There is good chance that my Paso 906 may be the best one you'll ever find in its original condition on eBay.  Only 100 Paso 906s were imported to the US back in the difficult days of Ducati.  This one has served me only for its good looks in my office as a Massimo Tamburini art-piece and later in our TV room along my other Tamburini Ducatis as a show-bike.  I have not driven it in 3.5 years.  I had it completely serviced before I put it up for display.  It needs a battery.  The tires are all original from 1989 when it left the Ducati factory. Drive it or show it.  No damage whatsoever.

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While time in the gallery is not deducted from a bike's life span, a comprehensive service would be required to return this Paso to the road.  It would be worth doing, though early Paso's suffered rideability squawks due to their single carburetor, these were ironed out with the 906.  Underneath the bodywork are Ducati's excellent frame design and handling, and top quality components.  If the soap-bar styling of the Paso speaks to you, this would be a great bike to bring home from the museum shop...

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-donn

Red Revival – 1990 Ducati Paso 906
Ducati June 12, 2015 posted by

Late Paso(s) – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.

Slippery bodywork derived from the 1986-1990 Paso ( named for factory rider Renzo Pasolini ), the 907 I.E. continued the model from 1991 - 1992, and had several notable improvements from the earlier bike.

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(2) 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.'s for sale on eBay

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After carburetion difficulties on the early Paso's, electronic fuel injection ( I.E. ) and intake changes made the bike a lot more rideable and helped provide 90hp from the two-valve engine.  Hydraulic dry clutch feeds a six-speed transmission, both nice improvements.  Keeping the well-hidden square-tube frame, the 907 incorporated suspension updates used on the newer 851.

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Brakes are excellent 300mm front disks and 245mm rear, all calipers being two-piston.  Large 42mm forks are 3-way adjustable, with adjustable monoshock rear.  17-inch tires are a lot more available than the 16's from the early Paso's.  The good-size Veglia dash is another refinement.

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More than a fairing, the bodywork on the 907 directs air to the intakes and away from the rider, who is more in than on the 907.  Updates for the 907 include cold-air intake under the headlight and ducting at the top of the "windshield".  All that body-color plastic can be a love-it-or-hate-it affair.  Quite rare with only a few thousand total production, both these bikes are the ultimate Paso from 1992, with very limited mods.  Appearing excellent, both have around 34K miles.

Red is very stock with factory white wheels.

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No owner quotes from the red bike's eBay auction, but Corbin seat and F1 exhaust are listed.

Black has been treated to paint ( black was a factory color that year ) and some nice retro badging.

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Some additional information is available in the eBay auction for the black one:

A very special Duck. This was the last of the Paso series. They finally got it right with this one. Fuel injection and proper size wheels. And this is a great example of it's type. Performance exhaust, European style tail light, RECENT: Valve Adjustment, Timing Belts, New chain and sprockets. Good tires. Needs nothing. A nice addition to your collection. one of a kind special.

Whether you're interested in a nice stock Paso or a distinctive retro look, either one of these machines are worth a look.  Thanks Marty for the reminder about the black bike !

-donn

Late Paso(s) – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.

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