1986, Paso, the re-awakening of DUCATI
The DUCATI Paso 750 was introduced to the market in 1986 with the slogan: “Our past has a great future”. In fact, at that time, DUCATI was undergoing a restructuring process as a result of the takeover, due to financial difficulties on the part of the Castiglioni brothers, Grupo CAGIVA, PASO is the first product to which this change gave rise. The choice of engine fell on the powerplant already used in the Pantah and also in the 750 F1, with some changes: the rear cylinder rotated 180 degrees in order to house the carburetors inside the V. The project leader for this model was Massimo Tamburini, and he was given clear instructions to stir the waters. Thus, Tamburini, designed a fully faired motorcycle, with all the mechanical elements hidden. Another particular feature of this bike was the use of 16” wheels. The origin of the name is linked to the legend of Italian motorcycling: Paso was short for Renzo Pasolini, a rider who died in the fateful accident at Monza in 1973, an accident in which Jarno Saarinen also died. Despite the aesthetics, which for many, captivating, the commercial trajectory of this model was bad: between 1986 and 1988 only 4,863 units were sold… To replace it, trying to overcome the problem of poor performance: around 70 hp, the liquid-cooled Paso 906 entered the market in 1989, 1,802 units produced between 1988 and 1989, finally, in 1991 the last version was presented: the Paso 907 i.e. (electronic injection) with 90 hp and a maximum speed of 230 km/h, interestingly, 17” wheels, until 1993 2,303 units were produced. Today the DUCATI Paso 750 is considered an iconic and classic model. The same design was also used to produce the 125cc CAGIVA Freccia C9, C10R, C12R and C12SP which had some commercial and sporting success in promotional cups all over Europe.
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