The ups and downs of owning a classic motorcycle
Ted Clough's Ducati before the restoration. Photo courtesy Ted Clough
Rider: Ted Clough, Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Airline pilot
Current rides: 1966 Ducati Monza, 1973 Triumph Trident, 2004 Aprilia Tuono, 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000, 2011 Ducati Multistrada
Ted’s story: “I’ve been riding off and on since college in the 1970s. I started out riding dirt bikes — doesn’t everyone? I had some Triumphs while in the Navy in the 1970s and the 1980s. I took a break until the mid-1990s, but since then I’ve had lots of Italian bikes, as well as a couple of dual-sports. I now live just north of Atlanta, Georgia. I’m really lucky to have truly great riding roads within minutes, and Road Atlanta and Barber both close enough to do local track days!
“Here’s my latest little project. I found a sorry little 1966 Ducati Monza on Craigslist locally, and I just HAD to rescue it. It was hacked and painted a very 1970s purple, with a green metal flake tank and panels. Airtech makes a fiberglass body kit to make these singles into a 750 Super Sport replica, so I bought one. After completely stripping the old bike, with much cleaning, wire brushing, polishing and the addition of numerous bits and pieces sourced off the web, I was able to put together a pretty cool special. I had a local guy do the paint and it turned out great. I took it to the track last week and it ran great. I just need some better shocks, as I am 6 feet tall and weigh 215 pounds, so I pretty much overwhelmed the rear shocks to the point I was dragging the pipe. Keep those issues coming, and thanks for keeping your mag going. It is a great source of inspiration and a treasure trove of info for those of us still fiddling with old bikes.”
Thanks for sharing your lovely little Ducati, Ted! — Ed.
The crusty Monza becomes a Super Sport replica. Photo courtesy Ted Clough