THE GREAT PANTAH PROTOTYPE CONTEST
1) click on the thumbnails and look carefully at the pictures. They show some of the first road-going prototypes of the Pantah. They were scanned from a few 1977 issues of Motociclismo Magazine. These prototypes had a very special feature that set them apart from all the rest of the Ducati production, previous, contemporary and future, included the production Pantah. This feature is not directly visible from the photos, but there's something that will reveal it clearly and unmistakably to the sharp and expert eye. (you can also navigate using the links at the bottom of each page.)
2) now answer this question: "what important feature did these Pantah prototype engines had, that was NOT carried on to the production Pantah?" (so, don't say "belt camshaft drive". It's something else)
3) next, answer this second simple question: "what is the external detail that reveals the hidden feature, and in which photo can it be seen best?"
4) now e-mail me the answer at firstname.lastname@example.org and your entry will be considered for the contest. I will choose the answer I consider the best and the winner will be granted the FIRST PRIZE consisting in a DUCATI SINGLES OWNNER'S MANUAL.
I want to help you: when Taglioni & friends decided that this mysterious feature was a mistake and had to be dropped, they had to re-design completely the engine's bottom end and this, among other things, delayed of two years the birth of the Pantah. Now look at the pictures again and think!
1st BONUS PIC: the Bosch BTZ ignition
2nd BONUS PIC: Taglioni and his masterpiece
Good luck and ciao! Luca
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