600 TT2

In 1981 Ducati prepared an amazing racing twin cylinder, based on the standard Pantah, which is simply known as TT2. Its frame was extremely light: 7 kilos only. The fork was by Marzocchi with magnesium legs, while the cantilever monoshock rear suspension used a single Paioli unit. Its Campagnolo ultralight alloy 18-inch wheels were also noteworthy. The bike was then equipped with a 16-inch front wheel. The bike featured a Brembo braking system with a double 280 mm disc on the front. Its engine was close to the limits allowed by the regulations: 597 cc. The bike was very light and so compact as to be less suitable for tall riders. It had a profiled fairing and a tank wedged between the frame tubes.

Meanwhile a British rider, Tony Rutter, won the Tourist Trophy with a Pantah 500 SL. Ducati believed he could win the title, so it gave him a TT2 to ride and race at Ulster. Tony ranked second, winning the world title for that category. At the end of the season Massimo Broccoli won the Italian title riding a TT2. In 1982 the TT2 won the Italian title ridden by Walter Cussigh, while Rutter won again the world championship. Among other triumphs, the TT2 won a double and ranked first and second at the Isle of Man. Cussigh won the Italian title again, and in 1984 Rutter obtained the championship title for the umpteenth time.

597 cc
Maximum power
78 hp at 10500 rpm
Maximum speed
220 km/h
Dry weight
140 kg
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