Twin-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled rebirth of a Ducati 500SL

I love my Pantah.

Constant use and far too many commuting miles on her 1981 mechanics have taken their toll. The last time I wheeled her into her parking spot in the garage, she left a trail of oil that had leaked out and into the fairing. From what was left, it looked like almost all of it had gone.


After looking around for resources for rebuilding her, I came to realize that there was a large gap in the Internet world of Ducati restoration and documentation. Most suppliers, historians, and websites seem to skip or gloss over the Pantah range as they travel from the late beveldrives to the 750 F1s. While the F1s are definitely noteworthy, and the bevels are already classics… for those of us with true Pantahs, finding definitive resources proves quite difficult.

My other intention with this site is to help others of similar skillset to undertake a full engine restoration of a Ducati Pantah. I am an industrial designer by training. I know basic machining, have access to a small machine shop at work, and am familiar with taking things apart and putting them back together (hopefully without extra parts.) I am not a factory-trained race mechanic. I am not a professional machinist. I do not have 30 years of Ducati maintenance under my belt. In fact, I am only thirty-one thirty-five thirty-eight. So, what I want to do is attempt to document my experiences in restoring, tuning, and running an engine for my beloved Pantah.

I hope you find this valuable.


Ryan Scott Bardsley

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