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A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1982 Ducati Darmah

1982 Ducati Darmah

1982 Ducati Darmah

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled 90-degree V-twin, 4-stroke
Ignition: C.D.I.
Power Rating: 68 bhp @7,000rpm
Bore x Stroke: 86 x 74.4mm
Displacement: 864cc
Valves: Overhead single camshaft, driven by shaft & bevel gears, desmodromic valve operation
Fuel System: Twin Del'Orto 40mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear Brembo discs
Weight: 476lb
Top Speed: 113mph

1982 Ducati Darmah

The Darmah was the first Ducati that offered features such as electric start, air cleaners, quiet exhaust, Nippon Denso instruments and switch gear, Bosch quartz headlamp, etc. This resulted in a very reliable, civilized machine that retained the fabulous V-twin motor and race-bred chassis. The Darmah's were produced from 1977 to 1983.

1982 Ducati Darmah

1982 Ducati Darmah

gerald estes iii
5/3/2013 1:16:29 AM

sharp looking ride for sure - the decal thing, theyre transparent no? i dont know which way supposedly points forward regarding the actual image, but the mirror / this side only is direct from its race heritage. makes sense to me.


al egert
5/2/2013 3:25:42 PM

I noticed something about this MC when visiting Barber a while back. Every Darmah that I've seen including my 1980 have the tiger head on the side covers pointing forward. The covers can't be reversed so someone must have put the decals on backwards. It's no big deal unless you are restoring one for show. These are great open road bikes and very stable. They have excellent brakes for an 80's MC. Ducati tried hard to make this a good MC and in many ways succeeded. I'm not giving mine up any time soon.


seth dorfler
5/2/2013 12:29:14 PM

The below statement is incorrect. There were a few 750 GT bikes equiped with electric starters, air cleaners and not that quite mufflers (but legal). Also when the 860 GT was introduced you could opp for an electric start model with very quite mufflers . This model wad replaced with the 900 GTS which came with electric starter, air filters and quite mufflers. Let's keep the facts correct. Seth Dorfler The Darmah was the first Ducati that offered features such as electric start, air cleaners, quiet exhaust, Nippon Denso instruments and switch gear, Bosch quartz headlamp, etc. This resulted in a very reliable, civilized machine that retained the fabulous V-twin motor and race-bred chassis. The Darmah's were produced from 1977 to 1983.