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Ducati 650 Indiana

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Ducati 650 Indiana

Year

1987

Engine

Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder. 

Capacity

649
Bore x Stroke 82 x 61.5 mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1

Induction

2x 36mm Dell'Orto PHM  carbs

Ignition  /  Starting

Bosch PTZ Electronic  /  electric

Max Power

63 hp @ 8500 rpm

Max Torque

45 Nm @ 6000 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  chain

Front Suspension

 

Rear Suspension

 

Front Brakes

Single disc

Rear Brakes

Single disc

Front Tyre

110/90-18

Rear Tyre

140/90-15

Dry-Weight

207 kg

Fuel Capacity 

13 Litres

The Indiana was the response of Ducati to the US Custom cruiser fashion. Each maker responded to the invasion of Japanese cruisers with a version of the road touring bikes they had at home: Guzzi simply changed the bodywork of its small block series and made the “C” series bikes, then the Florida; Morini built a very extroverted “Excalibur” (Morini had the advantage of having a V engine that looked slightly Harley-Davidson-ish), Ducati took…. The Elefant and modified it. Modifications were few but cunning: away went the progressive single shock, in came two paired chrome plated shocks, the front end was virtually that of the Elefant, but with simpler hydraulics, the wheels were, more or less, those of the later Alazzurra.

The Elefant motor received a pair of Bing CV carbs for better smoothness. A lot of chrome and a very classic American-style looks with a relaxed riding position completed the figure. The result was a bit intriguing: you knew from the start that this was not an ordinary cruiser.

A Ducati desmo motor on a sedate cruiser? Sedate it was not. Despite all attempts of Ducati to make it slow, and hard steering, the Indiana was a fast, quick steering bike, in cruiser terms of course, and it had a mighty engine. It could easily outrun any cruiser of the same capacity, and most cruisers of any capacity.

 

 

 

 

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