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White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited

New Cagiva managers enlisted Massimo Tamburini to design the next Ducati, and installed the desmodue 750 in the Paso.  Unfortunately it didn’t lead to a sales boom and a limited edition was issued to bump showroom interest.  This Virginia example is very stock and very, very clean.

1988 Ducati Paso Limited for sale on eBay

Ducati got their design dollar’s worth and the Paso looks like no other Ducati, with a square-section dual downtube frame, hidden under the all-encompassing soap bar.  The innovative 44mm Weber carburetor fed both cylinders and the engine bragged 73 hp with a wide torque band which made the 5-speed trans workable.  The Limited benefits from premium Marzocchi M1R forks and Öhlins monoshock.  Brakes are shared from the non-limited, but fine Brembo 280mm dual disks.  Nicer suspension and 16-inch rubber masked the 430 lbs. dry weight, which still cost performance versus the competition.

This owner has helped preserve his Paso Limited, even keeping the black chrome muffler and having a Corbin seat done which is almost indistinguishable from the factory sofa.  Comments from the eBay auction:

I have owned this Bike since 2005
Total original miles is Just under 5,900 miles
Only Fifty Paso Limited made
I just completed installing
New timing belts
New under tank gas filter
Plugs
Oil change
Brake fluid
Bike is totally stock with the exception of euro turn signals and polished grabrail
This bike actually has a Weber carb which is factory
I had a Corbin seat recovered to look exactly like stock seat, original seat included

The Weber carb doesn’t suffer neglect gladly but can be tuned to relative perfection.  Without much adjustment, the Paso’s riding position is relaxed enough for sport-touring and even some commuting.  Subsequent 900cc models addressed charging issues with a bigger alternator, stop-and-go cooling with water-cooled heads, and replaced finicky carburetion with fuel injection.  Styling continued to be a bugbear though, and the model struggled to break 1,000 sales each year.  For fans of the enclosed solution or just the transition to more modern engines, every Paso is a Limited Edition.

-donn

2 Comments

  • I had a limited and really liked it. Taller profile tires and a swing arm spacer make for a sweet handling little scooter. Carb issues are fixed with an aftermarket fuel pressure regulator, some jets, and a little tweaking of the emulsion tubes. Besides, nothing sounds like a wide open weber carb.
    A couple of years ago I was looking for another and found a 907ie. That’s a keeper.

  • everytime I see one of these in white the CHiPS theme plays in my head https://youtu.be/Ri9yl90XNjU?t=8

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