1977 Ducati 860 GTS
The Ducati 860 GT was designed by renowned car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro at Studio Italdesign in Turin. Noted Ducati historian Ian Falloon describes this design as thirty-five years ahead of its time. The motorcycle buying public of the 1970s failed to recognise this, and the bike sold poorly on introduction in 1974. It was redesigned in 1975 and the first 860 GTS was the product of that redesign.
The 860 GTS was largely remodelled, and whilst the engine remained broadly similar to the GT, there were a number of changes to the rest of the bike. The tinware was redesigned making it less angular, the colours and badges were changed, the instruments were changed, the electric start set-up was improved, twin front Brembo discs became standard, along with a host of other changes. The result was a handsome new bike,that performed as well as it looked. Ian Falloon describes the GTS as an ‘excellent’ bike.
Our GTS is a 1977 model, first registered for use in the UK on 24 May 1977. The bike has had only four keepers, and we understand that it was stored from the late nineties until the end of 2015, when it was bought by the fourth keeper who recommissioned it sufficiently for it to pass an MOT. Since then we have undertaken a major overhaul, performing the following:
Adjust and balance carbs
New rubbers as needed
Replace various gaskets, fasteners and other items
Overhaul wiring loom
Check valve clearances
Clean and flush petrol tank
Fresh blue paint, with silver stripes to correct original measurements
Our bike is now a very nice example of the model, ready to be ridden and enjoyed.